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    For information about flooding, road & trail closures, and the most current press release, click "More Info" below.

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  • Grow with Google

    The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with Google to offer digital skills training and workshops at Central Library on Monday, April 15. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, educators and job seekers can register now.

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  • 2019 Pet Licenses

    Pet licenses and dog park permits for 2019 are available and the deadline to purchase a pet license without penalty is April 1st, 2019.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.

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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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  • 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 Festival and Event City

    DSM has been designated a “World Festival and Event City” by the International Festivals and Events Association.

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  • 2018 Resident Satisfaction Survey Results
  • March 22, 2019
  • Residents continue to be satisfied with the overall quality of services and quality of life in Des Moines. Des Moines is setting the bar for other similar-sized cities in 28 of 40 national benchmarking categories.

  • Prospect Road and Prospect Park closed
  • March 22, 2019
  • Along the Des Moines River, both Prospect Park and Prospect Road from Hickman Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway have closed.

  • Park Madness Starts Thursday
  • March 19, 2019
  • Just as March Madness descends upon our city, our field of 64 parks has been set and the voting will begin! “Park Madness” presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation starts Thursday, March 21. This online contest encourages residents and park lovers to vote their favorite park or facility through to the finals in this bracket-style tournament.

  • Traffic Recommendations During This Week’s 2019 NCAA Tournament
  • March 18, 2019
  • Downtown Des Moines parking, traffic and transportation recommendations for the 2019 NCAA Tournament this week.

  • Flood Control Operations This Week
  • March 15, 2019
  • Raccoon River and Des Moines River expected to crest today. Hartford Avenue from SE 22nd Street to E. Watrous Avenue has closed. A new detour route for Fleur Drive has been posted.