Category Archives: Beautification

SCRUB on April 20 at Merle Hay Mall

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association (MHNA) will once again partner with Des Moines Public Works to host the annual Spring Clean Up to Reduce Urban Blight (SCRUB) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in the north parking lot at Merle Hay Mall, 3800 Merle Hay Road. Please note the location!

SCRUB allows Des Moines residents to discard unwanted items including furniture, televisions, appliances, tires, hazardous waste, and other materials for free.

This is a largely volunteer-driven event and MHNA welcomes your help. Volunteers primarily help answer questions and direct traffic. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at: and tree debris can be dropped off at the Des Moines Compost Site at 1601 Harriett St. For more SCRUB program details, call Des Moines Public Works at 283-4950, or visit the department webpage at:

Spring Cleanup “SCRUB” on Saturday, April 16 – Volunteers Needed!

The annual Spring Cleanup to Prevent Urban Blight or SCRUB will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Hoover High School, 4800 Aurora Ave. SCRUB events allow Des Moines residents to get rid of trash and unwanted items for free. This program helps keep junk and debris from accumulating in our neighborhoods. Complete program details are available on the city’s website:

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to
. Please spread the word! Volunteer support is critical to making SCRUB successful!

Tree Planting Project on Franklin Avenue


The Merle Hay, Beaverdale, and Waveland Park neighborhood associations are working with Trees Forever and the City of Des Moines on a tree planting project along Franklin Avenue between Merle Hay Road and Beaver Avenue. This is a great way to beautify our neighborhood, and help the environment.

We will be planting approximately 50 trees in the city-owned right-of-way along Franklin on Saturday, October 17. We will have more project details in the near future. Please contact Jason Pulliam by email at if you would like to help us plant trees on October 17.

Thank you to the Beaverdale and Waveland Park neighborhood associations for their contributions, and thank you to Trees Forever and the City of Des Moines’ Forestry Division for helping us coordinate this wonderful effort. We also wish to thank Amazing Grace Outreach Church and Ministries, First Federated Church, the Franklin Court Apartments, and all of the residents who have agreed to participate in this important tree planting project.

MHNA Volunteers Keep Flowerbeds Looking Great!


Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for making our neighborhood flowerbeds look great! MHNA volunteers tend flowerbeds at the following locations:

  • Cummins Parkway and University Avenue.
  • Urbandale Avenue and 57th Street.
  • Urbandale Avenue and 49th Street.
  • Tower Park, located at 50th Street and Merle Hay Road.
  • Intersection of Merle Hay Road, Merklin Way, and Hickman Road.
  • Intersection of Merle Hay Road and Madison Avenue outside the gates of the Des Moines Water Works standpipe.

For more information about the beautification committee, please contact Kathy Battles at