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  • Neighborhood Revitalization Board

    Apr 01, 5:00 PM

  • City Council Meeting

    Apr 06, 4:30 PM

  • Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission Meeting

    Apr 14, 5:00 PM

  • Access Advisory Board meeting

    Apr 15, 12:00 PM

  • Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

    Apr 16, 6:00 PM

  • Don't Forget Your Pet License

    Tuesday, March 31st is the deadline to purchase your 2015 pet license without a $50 late fee per animal. Completed applications with rabies certificates postmarked on or before March 31st will avoid the late fee.


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  • Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

    On Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. Register your team today and become one of the 1,200 volunteers at more than 40 project locations. Registration ends March 27!


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  • Run With Police on Saturday May 16th

    Join us for the First Annual Run With Police on Saturday May 16th, 10AM starting in the 100 blk. of E. Court Avenue right outside of the Des Moines Police Station, and finishing back at the station. This is a timed 5K race/run/walk event which benefits Special Olympics of Iowa and also recognizes National Police Week.


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


    Other Awards & Recognitions

  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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  • March 27, 2015
  • Tuesday, March 31st is the deadline to purchase your City of Des Moines dog and cat license without a $50 late fee per animal. Completed applications postmarked on or before March 31st will avoid the late fee.

  • March 27, 2015
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the “2014 Report to the Community” is now available. This report provides a high level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments over the past year. Recreational program participation, facility usage, project information, testimonials and financial data can be found in the extensive summary.

  • Public Hearing Tonight on SW 9th St. Plan at Council
  • March 23, 2015
  • The SW 9th Street Corridor Plan is on today’s City Council agenda for a public hearing beginning at 5:00 P.M. The plan is to enhance the corridor as a major boulevard in south Des Moines. SW 9th Street is the dividing line between council Ward 3 represented by Council Member Christine Hensley and Ward 4 represented by Council Member Joe Gatto. The City has partnered with the ISU Community Design Lab and Friends of SW 9th to develop a revitalization plan for the SW 9th Street corridor.

  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps Hosts Shades of Green: Composting for Beginners
  • March 18, 2015
  • The City of Des Moines has partnered with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a local non-profit, dedicated to helping Des Moines homeowners learn about energy efficiency and better energy savings in their homes. Services include free home assessments (safety and air leak testing), weatherization and sustainability education. Green Iowa AmeriCorps' new hands-on workshop, Shades of Green, helps homeowners experience simple ways to live more sustainably.

  • Carousel of Colors Egg Hunt
  • March 17, 2015
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is calling all Des Moines children under the age of 10 to participate in the “Carousel of Colors Egg Hunt” Saturday, March 28, at Union Park (2009 Saylor Road). The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. with carousel rides, make up stations, tattoos, giveaways and more. Registration is not required for this event. Parents are encouraged to watch their children hunt from the sidelines.