In 2019, the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of its first four parks.
Yes, the year was 1894. From four parks— Greenwood, Union, Grand View and Waveland—Des Moines Parks and Recreation now manages more than 4,000 acres of parkland. For many passionate supporters, it’s our neighborhood parks that make Des Moines such an active and engaging community to put down roots.
As part of next year’s celebration, the Friends of Des Moines Parks—the nonprofit that supports Des Moines parks and park activities—has proposed a photo gallery to capture the full range of actives that have sprung from that small network of four parks.
We’re calling this The Park Projects—Celebrating 125 Years of Des Moines Parks. We’re planning a photo exhibit, a possible book, and of course plenty of social media posts to promote this milestone.
That’s where you come in!
Call For Photographers
We need to assemble a stable of about 100 talented photographers to volunteer their time and talent to capture activities in:
- 75 parks
- 81 miles of trails
- 7 cemeteries
- 3 public golf courses
- 5 public pools, 4 splash pools, 9 spray grounds, 10 wading pools
- 2 community recreation centers
- 3 Dog parks
- 3 community gardens
- 4 disc golf courses
- 1 city greenhouse
- 1 AAA ballpark (Principal Park)
- 1 incredible downtown attraction, The Principal Riverwalk
- 1 nationally recognized public art attraction, The John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
- 3 softball, baseball, and soccer complexes
- 1 marina
- 1 storage building converted to a neighborhood bar and restaurant (Capt Roy’s)
Digital photography will be shot and submitted between August 12 and December 31, 2018. Can we count on you to take on a photo project for this gallery?
Please complete the photographer application form below.