Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page
for more information.
The City’s SCRUB Program (Spring Cleanup to Remove Urban Blight) allows residents to dispose of trash and yard debris at no cost. For a SCRUB calendar and guidelines click "More Info" below.
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.
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.
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.
Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.
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.
- East 2nd Parking Ramp NOW OPEN
- October 18, 2017
The City of Des Moines has opened the E. 2nd parking ramp, over 450 parking spaces available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ramp will charge a fee of $1/hour with a daily max of $10. In addition the East 2nd garage offers four electric vehicle charging stations.
National parking expert, Don Shoup, completed his address yesterday and highlighted the high cost of free parking as being costly to area businesses, neighborhoods and commuters. “You never know the right costs of parking until you see desired results” Shoup says.
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- Mayor Frank Cownie Joins Groundbreaking Coalition of 134 Mayors to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign
- October 10, 2017
Mayor Frank Cownie endorses 10-minute walk to a park campaign led by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute
At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching a historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans, and all residents of Des Moines should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space.
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