Category Archives: Social Committee

National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2!

Please join the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association for the annual observance of National Night Out, America’s night out against crime, from 6 p.m. to 8 on Tuesday, August 2, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. There will be free food, games for kids, family friendly entertainment, door prizes, and more!

Here is a brief rundown of other highlights and activities we expect to have next Tuesday:

  • A visit from the Des Moines Police Department’s Mount Patrol and a K9 unit.
  • Craft table for kids.
  • Bounce-house for kids.

Please spread the word! We look forward to having a great turnout!

Advance thanks to Des Moines Police and all of our volunteers and sponsors for their tremendous support!

Learn more about National Night Out here:


Merle HayDay Celebration Set for May 14

Please join MHNA for our annual Merle HayDay celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Tower Park, 4900 Hickman Road. The gathering will be held in the open-air shelter located on the north side of the park.

MHNA will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks, as well as family-friendly games and entertainment. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Tableware will be provided. You also may want to bring a bag chair or lawn chair.

Parking is available in the lot along Hickman Road. The Park and Recreation Department also leases space in the First Federated Church parking lot by Tower Park’s tennis and basketball courts.

Merle HayDay is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors and learn more about our neighborhood. It’s also a great way to find out how you can get more involved in making the Merle Hay neighborhood an even better place to live, work, and play. We look forward to seeing you there on May 14! Please spread the word!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, April 21

We hope you will join us at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 21, at the Northwest Community Center for the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association’s quarterly meeting.

We are pleased to be joined by Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly, as well as Patty Gressman from the Neighborhood Finance Corp. Ms. Gressman will share details about NFC lending opportunities that are back in a portion of our neighborhood. More details are available at

Reports will also be given about Tower Park improvements, our upcoming Merle HayDay celebration on Saturday, May 14, and other neighborhood news.

Last, but not least, refreshments will be provided.

Please mark your calendar, and spread the word. We look forward to having a great turnout at Thursday’s meeting!

It’s Almost Time for MHNA’s Holiday Lights Contest!

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association is sponsoring its 11th annual Holiday Lights Contest. Judging will take place on Monday, December 14th. Please contact April Beck at 515-707-6386 if you would like your house or that of a neighbor considered in the judging. MHNA will also consider decorated homes that we are not specifically contacted about. Three homes within the Merle Hay neighborhood boundaries will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to Merle Hay Mall. Judges will look for creativity, originality, holiday spirit, neatness and theme coordination. Thank you to everyone who helps make our wonderful neighborhood glow with holiday spirit!

Xmas Lights