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ProjectsOverviewThe Planning and Development Division designs, plans and implements parks, recreation, natural resources, trails and open space projects.  The goal of these projects is to facilitate safe, inviting and memorable use for enjoyment by residents of and visitors to the City of Des Moines.

The primary function of the Planning and Development Division is to manage the Park Improvement section of the City’s Capital Improvement Program by supervising and implementing planning and construction projects. To accomplish this, our staff possess broad expertise and understanding of diverse fields and areas of study.