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  • Park and Recreation Board Meeting

    Jan 23, 5:00 PM

  • Special City Council Meeting

    Jan 24, 4:30 PM

  • Plan and Zoning Commission

    Feb 01, 6:00 PM

  • City Council Meeting

    Feb 05, 4:30 PM

  • Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission Meeting

    Feb 13, 5:00 PM

Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page for more information.
  • 2018 Pet Licenses

    2018 Animal Licenses & Dog Park permits are now on sale. All dogs & cats 6 months old and older need to have a pet license. Dog park permits allow entry into all 3 of the City's dog parks.

    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 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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  • See a Live Bald Eagle and More at Bald Eagle Day Saturday, February 10
  • January 18, 2018
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is once again teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Fellowship Baptist Church (1503 SE 6th Street) for Bald Eagle Day on Saturday, February 10 from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be spotting scopes on the SE Sixth Street Bridge and people to assist with viewing wild bald eagles and their nest located along the Des Moines River Trail.

  • January 16, 2018
  • New for 2018, Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer Pop-Up Programs, starting with snowshoeing when conditions allow.

  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation to Honor Volunteer Award Winners
  • January 16, 2018
  • Winners of the 2017 Des Moines Parks and Recreation Volunteer Awards will be announced at the January Park and Recreation Board meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m, held at the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center (1551 E MLK Jr. Parkway). The meeting will also be broadcasted live on Cable Channel 7 DMTV. This year’s winners - selected by a Volunteer Recognition Selection Committee – are listed below. The event is open to the public to attend. If you or your organization would like more information on volunteering for Parks and Recreation, please email us at or call at 515-237-1386.

  • City Offices Observe Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
  • January 12, 2018
  • The City of Des Moines encourages all to attend the Forrest Avenue Library Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at 4:00 P.M. on Monday. In observance of the holiday, most city offices will be closed ...

  • Des Moines Fire Department 94th Recruit Academy Graduation
  • January 12, 2018
  • Graduation ceremony of the 94th Recruit Academy is today at 1pm. Chief TeKippe will swear in the 16 members and issue them their badges.