Invest DSM Brightening Des Moines Neighborhoods with Holiday Decor

Oak Park Highland Park neighborhood arch across 6th AvenueDES MOINES, IOWA — Friday, December 13, 2019Two Des Moines neighborhoods are decorating for the holidays this week thanks to grant funding made available by Invest DSM. Drake and Oak Park/Highland Park are two of four Special Investment Districts the recently formed nonprofit organization is working to improve.

The Drake and Oak Park/Highland Park Special Investment Districts are taking advantage of grants up to $1,500 from Invest DSM for projects that bring their neighborhoods together to celebrate the holiday season. The Oak Park/Highland Park Neighborhood Association will be decorating 6th Avenue and installing lights on its iconic archway at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 13. The Drake Neighborhood Association will be decorating a large evergreen tree at 26th Street and University Avenue tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 14.

While the decorations will be lit throughout the weekend, official lighting ceremonies will be held next week:

  • Drake lighting ceremony – Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Oak Park/Highland Park lighting ceremony – Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.

Invest DSM was formed last summer as a collaboration between the City of Des Moines and Polk County with the goal of bringing a renewed commitment to neighborhood revitalization. The recently formed nonprofit is jointly funded by the City and County with each allocating $2.5 million in the first year. The City of Des Moines is able to allocate money to these neighborhood improvements thanks to the 1-cent Local Option Sales & Service Tax passed by voters earlier this year. The program will spend $50 million over 10 years to make improvements in the four pilot neighborhoods: Franklin, Drake, Columbus Park and Oak Park/Highland Park.

Amber Lynch
Executive Director, Invest DSM
(515) 283-4223

About Invest DSM
Invest DSM is a unique collaboration between Des Moines and Polk County, bringing a renewed commitment to neighborhood revitalization in the City. Invest DSM has a small staff dedicated to working in four pilot neighborhoods known as Special Investment Districts. The team will coordinate activities, cultivate partnerships, recommend projects to fund, ensure quality design and construction, and build resident leadership capacity. Invest DSM hopes to expand the program to other neighborhoods in the future. Visit Invest DSM on Facebook.

About the City of Des Moines
The City of Des Moines: Iowa’s capital city and local government servicing more than 217,000 residents, 51+ neighborhoods, over 4,000 acres of parkland and 81 miles of trails. The City of Des Moines stands to be a financially strong city with exceptional city services, fostering an involved community in a customer friendly atmosphere. Visit DSM.cityFacebook and Twitter for more information.