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  • Storm Drain Manhole Cover Design Contest

    The City of Des Moines Department of Public Works invites you to submit an original design and water quality message to help educate citizens and visitors to Des Moines about storm water pollution. The winning design or designs will become the standard design for new and replaced storm sewer manhole covers throughout the City.

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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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  • AViD 2016

    It's the 2016 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.

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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 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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  • Help to Prevent Tree Vandalism
  • May 26, 2016
  • The City of Des Moines and partner tree organizations take great pride in providing a diverse and beautiful canopy of trees. Within the past week multiple trees were found vandalized in the Downtown area. Residents are asked to report any suspicious activities to the Des Moines Police Department’s non-emergency number 283-4811.

  • National Water Safety Month
  • May 25, 2016
  • 5 WATER SAFETY TIPS TO HELP SAVE A LIFE THIS SUMMER National Water Safety Month supporters offer tips for safer water practices.

  • Sargent Park Celebration
  • May 24, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites the public to an event commemorating the generous gifts of the Sargent Family including:

  • Make a Splash at Des Moines’ Aquatic Centers! Northwest Family Aquatic Center Opens Memorial Day Weekend
  • May 23, 2016
  • Let the summer fun begin at one of Des Moines’ local pools! Northwest Family Aquatic Center will open for Memorial Day Weekend May 28, 29, 30; close and reopen Saturday, June 4 thru Sunday, August 21. All pools and aquatic centers, listed below, will open for the season on Saturday, June 4.

  • Ribbon Cutting TOMORROW for East Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway/ SE Connector
  • May 19, 2016
  • The City of Des Moines will host a ribbon cutting opening E. Martin Luther King Jr Parkway (SE Connector) between S.E. 15th Street and S.E. 30th Street to traffic. This new open roadway improves connectivity for residents and businesses.