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  • Help Celebrate the New Amenity!

    The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just added a new 200 vehicle parking lot. To mark the occasion, you are invited to attend a special 3 inning game between the City of Des Moines and Polk County. Players will include staff, city and county officials. In the event of rain, a ceremony will be held at the shelter.

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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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  • Celebrate Spring with “An Afternoon at the Arboretum”
  • April 29, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy “An Afternoon at the Arboretum” at Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum (5300 Indianola Road) Saturday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m. While celebrating the annual bloom of over 200 varieties of lilacs, guests will be able to enjoy refreshments and lawn games including Croquet, Bocce Ball and Bags. This event is free and open to all ages.

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
  • April 28, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is looking for over 100 volunteers to participate in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Volunteers will be responsible for counting bicyclists and pedestrians and handing out survey cards at 20+ spots throughout the City during a set 2-hour time slot. Locations include trails, sidewalks and bike lanes. A short 10-15 minute training is offered before each session. This year’s dates are May 17th, May 18th and May 21st.

  • Rental Code Enforcement Public Input Meeting
  • April 27, 2016
  • City of Des Moines will hold a public meeting to discuss the city rental code. The city will be updating the rental code and is seeking input regarding rental code enforcement.

  • LET’S PLAY BALL!
  • April 27, 2016
  • It’s City vs County on Thursday, May 5 at James W. Cownie Baseball Park to Celebrate the New Parking Lot. The Public is invited help us celebrate the newest amenity at James W. Cownie Baseball Park! The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just added a new parking lot designed to hold 200 vehicles.

  • EARTH DAY TRASH BASH IS TODAY!
  • April 22, 2016
  • Iowa’s largest Earth Day volunteer event is on and today an army of 1,500 volunteers will be working on 60 project locations throughout the greater Des Moines Metro! #trashbash2016