• Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

    On April 19, join us for the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride AND Run for Trails. In addition to the ride, a 5k run has been added to the day's events. Fees are: $30 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 - 17, children 4 & younger are free. Participate in both the ride and run for an additional $5.

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  • Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available Online!

    New in 2014, season pool passes are available for purchase online. Purchase yours during the month of April at a discounted early bird rate. Individual - $40, First two in family - $75, First three in family - $100, First four in family - $120, Each additional person over four in family - $5.

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  • Swimming Lesson Registration Now Open!

    Online registration for swimming lessons is now available. Class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. In order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times sign up online starting today at 8:00 a.m.

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  • Kite Festival

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting Kite Fest on May 17 at Gray's Lake from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Register online by May 13. Cost is only $5. Fee includes a kite to assemble, flying instructions and hours of kite flying fun! Click the link below to sign up today!

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Register now for the Summer Des Moines Bags League! The league will play at the Hub Spot. Teams of 2 adults (18+) compete on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks plus a tournament. League play begins June 4. Cost is $35 per team.

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  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers many different seasonal employment opportunities in three divisions: Aquatics, Parks/Buildings and Recreation. To view all current openings please click the link below.

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History of Des Moines Municipal Buildings

 

The City of Des Moines thanks the following organizations and agencies for their help compiling the historical information on the City's municipal buildings.

 

Pat Meiners (Des Moines Historical Society)

Andrea Hauer and Mary Neiderbach (City of Des Moines)

 

City Hall

 

City Hall - Back West view - 400 Robert D Ray Drive - Des Moines, Iowa 50309

City Hall - 400 Robert D Ray Drive - Des Moines, Iowa 50309

 

City Hall is located at 400 Robert D Ray Drive in the heart of the downtown area.  The west side of City Hall provides a breath-taking view of the Untitled sculpture by Joel Shapiro,  Long Look garden, and the Des Moines River.

 

A Brief History on City Hall

 

In 2010, the City of Des Moines celebrated the 100th anniversary of the installation of the cornerstone of its new Municipal Building. From its new name to its very design, this building was more than just a building in 1910; it represented a new way to govern the city. In 2010, this building continues to be the center of government for Des Moines with many new and different functions than were imagined in 1910.

 

City Hall History - 1851 to May 1909