NEIGHBORHOOD PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Revitalizing Des Moines Neighborhood Parks
Neighborhood parks are the heart of the Des Moines park and trail system. They are the first public space that many people who live in Des Moines visit and often is the favorite destination of our residents.
To date, the Friends of Des Moines Parks have been actively involved with the revitalization of the following neighborhood parks:
- Fairmont Park – A $600,000 project helped to rebuild the entire park with a new playground, sprayground, open-air shelter and a 50-feet hill slide that is a signature attraction for the park. The Friends played an instrumental part in the funding of the shelter and playground.
- Sargent Park – The Friends helped fund a new $50,000 open-air shelter house for the park.
- Sheridan Park - The Friends helped underwrite a new $50,000 open-air shelter house for the park.
- Evergreen Park – The Friends provided funding for new outdoor exercise equipment in the park.
Although the Friends have been instrumental in these projects, Des Moines is a big city with 75 neighborhood and regional parks—but has budgeted funds to improve only one playground per year. The cost of a new playground— even with volunteer labor to help assemble components—averages $100,000 to $150,000.
Here’s our challenge: Because a playground has a life expectancy of 20 years, it takes Friends like us to keep each of our parks a vibrant and safe play space for the community.
Let’s Be Friends
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