NOG Receives Metro Waste Authority Grant

The North of Grand Neighborhood Association has received a $1,000 grant from Metro Waste Authority (MWA) for neighborhood beautification.

The funds will be used to purchase MWA compost to supplement corner plantings and garden spaces along Woodland Avenue and perennials that will be planted near BridgePark on Center Street.

The grant money will be put to use in April and May 2015 in preparation for spring planting.

Metro Waste Authority has provided nearly $2 million to its member communities through grants for cleanups, waste reduction and diversion since 2001. The grant program offers a reimbursement to schools, public and private groups/clubs and neighborhood associations for projects with an environmental focus that are located in our service area.

Metro Waste Authority is an independent government agency comprised of 16 member communities, one county and six planning members. Established in 1969, Metro Waste Authority was designated to manage the landfill for the Polk County area after state law required all Iowa communities to properly dispose of their solid waste in a sanitary landfill. Now, Metro Waste Authority is the leader in environmental stewardship and cost-effective waste management.

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Upcoming Spring 2014 Events

April 2: Neighborhood Meeting, 7 p.m., Tanglefoot Cottage, 607 37th St., Des Moines. The public is invited to discuss a site plan proposal for 3625 Ingersoll Avenue (formerly a gas station; owner: Lee Family Properties). The NOG Board seeks public input regarding a letter we will be submitting to Plan & Zoning regarding this plan, which calls for parking and landscape improvements. We will also get updates on the building at 31st/Ingersoll (formerly Ancient Ways; owner: Hurd Properties).

April 10: “Preparing for the Emerald Ash Borer,” 6:30-8 p.m., Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines. This public workshop will cover current information on EAB and answer residents’ questions concerning its effect on our city. Private property owners will learn how to make plans for their own ash trees. Call (515) 283-4583 for more information.

April 19: Hoover Mega-SCRUB, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Hoover High School, 4800 Aurora Ave., Des Moines. Since the City eliminated the neighborhood SCRUB event a few years ago, NOG is partnering with the City and about 12 other neighborhoods to staff the Spring Cleanup to Reduce Urban Blight (SCRUB). If you can help out or even be our neighborhood point person, please contact Colleen Kinney at mcfet6@mchsi.com, (515) 664-9183.

May 3: Iowa DOT I-235 Spring Pick Up, 8-10 a.m. Meet at the walking bridge at 42nd Street, south side by 7:45 a.m. This is a great way to spend a spring morning outside, getting exercise and keeping our section of the freeway free of litter. If you can volunteer, let us know by Monday, April 7. Contact Colleen Kinney at mcfet6@mchsi.com, (515) 664-9183 to sign up.

May 5: NOG Quarterly Meeting: Urban Forestry Education program with Joel Van Roekel and potluck with kids craft activities, 6-7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church Waveland Hall, 42nd/Ingersoll.

May 10: Beautification of BridgePark, time TBA. Seeking volunteers to help get this quaint little neighborhood park in shape for summer. BridgePark is located near 40th / Center. Call Mark Siegfried, (515) 255-7667 if you can lend a green thumb or two.

 

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NOG Announces May 5 Quarterly Meeting Speaker

Mark your calendar for May 5th and join us for the North of Grand Neighborhood Association Quarterly meeting. Joel Van Roekel from Des Moines Park & Recreation will be our guest speaker.

Joel Van Roekel

Joel Van Roekel

Joel is our neighborhood liaison to Des Moines Park & Recreation where he works as Supervisor of Environmental Education. In his job, Joel creates opportunities in our city parks that promote education about our natural environment and wildlife. He keeps busy organizing snowshoe hikes, teaching about native species of plants for your flower garden, or conducting a birdhouse building workshop. For information on all DM Park & Rec activities, visit www.dmparks.org, or watch for Joe’s “Did You Know?” posts on the DM Park & Rec Facebook page.

Joel can be reached at (515) 283-4294.

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Des Moines Park & Rec 2013 Report to the Community

The City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department recently released its 2013 Report to the Community.

Read the report >>

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NOG Receives Grant to Study Historic “Center-Soll”

The North of Grand (NOG) neighborhood in Des Moines will continue researching its historic significance thanks in part to a $5,900 grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Homes like this one at 695 37th St. will be included in the study of a potential new historic district. This photo was taken in 1944.

In partnership with the City of Des Moines, NOG will hire a professional architectural historian to identify significant historic properties and, with the help of volunteers, collect photos, census records, maps, building permits or property transaction records related to Center-Soll.

“Our long-term goal is to determine whether there is a historic district in this section of North of Grand. Besides honoring this area’s history, this project may trigger financial incentives if property owners choose to rehabilitate historic buildings,” said Colleen Kinney, incoming board president of North of Grand. “It is another economic development option for one of Iowa’s most vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods.”

In April 2013, North of Grand partnered with the city of Des Moines, Polk County Community Betterment Grant program, SHSI-HRDP grant program and others to list the Greenwood Park Plats Historic District (39th to 42nd, Grand Ave. to I-235) on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2000, the Middlesex National Historic District (31st to 35th, Woodland to Pleasant) was also listed on the National Register.

Center-Soll existed before cities had neighborhood associations, and was recognized in a 1924 Better Homes & Gardens article entitled, “Getting Neighborliness in Your Neighborhood.” With the help of volunteers, the search is now on to discover more about this era with the hopes of having it listed as the third National Historic District within the North of Grand neighborhood.

Work will begin in March 2014 and be completed by June, 2015. For more information, contact Colleen Kinney at (515) 664-9183, visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/north.of.grand.dsm.

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