Flashboard Removal Rescheduled Due to Weather


DES MOINES, IOWA – March 23, 2021 – Due to forecasted rain on Wednesday, March 24, the City of Des Moines will remove flashboards from the Center Street Dam on Friday, March 26 at 7:30 a.m., weather permitting. Boaters on the Des Moines River and at Birdland Marina should be advised that starting the morning of Thursday, March 25, water levels will be lower for 24 to 36 hours.

The outflow at the Saylorville Reservoir dam is adjusted so that city staff can walk on the Center Street Dam to install the flashboards. After the removal is complete, the outflow at Saylorville Reservoir dam is adjusted to fill up and elevate the water level by approximately two feet.

Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks and Recreation

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 88 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous municipal facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (dmparks.org), Facebook (facebook.com/desmoinesparks), Twitter (@desmoinesparks) and Instagram (instagram.com/desmoinesparks).