about volunteering

Partnering with Citizens to Improve Our Parks

You’re invited to join the ranks of many dedicated people volunteering in the Des Moines parks…a gift that benefits the entire community. Volunteers supplement Parks and Recreation staff and bring creativity and vitality to our organization while meeting new friends, learning new skills and even building résumés.
Making a Difference in Des Moines

In 2017 over 4,440 volunteers donated 38,431 hours of service (valued at over $927,730). Our volunteers removed over 40,000 pounds of litter, brush, tires and debris from our parks on Earth Day alone. Volunteers also helped grow plants to beautify our City parks and public spaces, distribute hundreds of toys to families in need, record our City’s history, survey trail users, build playgrounds and more!

Contact Us

Email: parksvolunteer@dmgov.org
Phone: 515-248-6380
Rainout Hotline: 515-248-6399