City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation DepartmentCheck your status herePartnering 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 resumes.
Making a Difference in Des Moines
In 2016 over 5,370 volunteers donated 36,879 hours of service (valued at over $868,870). 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!