The Parks Photo Project

Celebrating 125 Years of Des Moines Parks: A project of the Friends of Des Moines Parks

an intersection in union park

An intersection in Union Park (undated photo from early 1900s).

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 Project—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 the photos for this project. Digital photography will be shot and submitted between August 12, 2018, and May 15, 2019. Can we count on you to take on a photo project for this gallery?

Step 1: View and download the Copyright Assignment and Model Release Form:

Step 2:

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A Grand View Park picture postcard with grazing elk (dated 1905).

Celebrating 125 Years Des Moines Parks