Category Archives: Parks

Merle HayDay rescheduled to June 28

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association is celebrating our namesake with vendors, cool treats, prizes, and fun! Join us at the Tower Park shelter at 4900 Hickman Road in Des Moines from 6-8PM on Tuesday, June 28th!

Cool off in the Tower sprayground, take a few jumps in the bounce house, or play a bit of pickleball or basketball. This event is all about bringing the neighborhood together and celebrating Merle Hay, the first Iowan, and possibly the first American, to sacrifice his life for his country in WWI. We will also have information about the Merle Hay Corridor improvements and you’ll have an opportunity to give some input!

Des Moines Water Works H2Go station is sure to be a hit with the hot temps, and thanks to Des Moines Corporate Games and Live Healthy Iowa, we have water bottles to rehydrate you! With the Beaverdale Farmer’s Market close by, good food and music are only a few steps away.

Thank you to Ace Hardware on Hickman, Banker’s Trust Company, Neighborhood Finance Corp., Franklin Library, Hop A Lot, Bolton & Menk, Pat Meiners, Price Chopper Merle Hay, Des Moines Water Works, Des Moines Corporate Games, and Live Healthy Iowa for all you have done to make this event possible! Another big Thank You to the volunteers who help plan, setup, and make the night go smoothly!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting on Thursday, July 20

The Merle Hay Neighborhood Association will host its quarterly meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at the Northwest Community Center. Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly will be our guest speaker. We will also be joined by Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department staff to hear updates on plans to install a new water feature at Tower Park. Additionally, we’ll share details on Hy-Vee’s proposal to build a convenience store and coffee shop at the northwest corner of Merle Hay and Hickman roads, and more.

Please spread the word and bring a neighbor! We look forward to having a great turnout at the July quarterly meeting.

Star 102.5 Block Party at Tower Park on July 14

MHNA is sharing this invitation on behalf of Star 102.5, which is organizing a block party at Tower Park on Tuesday, July 14. Here are the details as provided by Star 102.5:

“STAR 102.5 Summer Block Party – Tuesday July 14th from 5:30pm to 8pm (Rain date Wednesday July 15th)

STAR 102.5 would like to invite you for a night of free fun and family entertainment at Tower Park! Come mingle with your neighbors and the entire STAR 102.5 crew. Don’t worry about making dinner, we’ve got that covered. Just bring the entire family for free food, drinks, and fun!

FREE Johnsonville Brats
FREE Deardorff Sweet Corn
FREE Inflatables, Game Truck, Face Painting and more!”

MHNA is happy to help get the word out about this event. We think it will be a great opportunity to bring lots of neighbors together to enjoy everything that Tower Park has to offer.