April 11, 2011

Behind the Water (Spotlight on DMWW Department): Grounds Staff

Water Works Park plays host to many activities throughout the year, including Jolly Holiday Lights, HyVee Fishing Derby, summer concerts and many weddings and reunions.  To keep the park looking presentable for visitors who come for a walk in the park or an event, you can rely on Des Moines Water Works’ grounds crew to take care of it.

There is a lot that goes into taking care of the largest urban park in the United States. Besides the mowing and weeding of 1,500 acres during the warmer months, there are also trees that need to be trimmed and flowers to be planted.  The Arie den Boer Arboretum has over 300 different varieties of crabapple trees that require special attention.  Besides all that, the crew takes care of the park shelter, tables, Memorial Fountain, Maffitt Lake Park and the Fleur Drive flower medians. 

When a flood hits the park, DMWW grounds staff takes care preparing the park, Water Works’ buildings for flood waters.  They close the flood gates and monitor the levee. After the flood waters recede, they then clean up the debris and provide road restoration and grading. 

The summer months are very active in Water Works Park and Maffitt Lake Park and the grounds crew requires additional assistance.  Numerous temporary employees are hired to assist the crew.  Next time you visit Water Works Park or Maffitt Lake Park, take a look at the beauty and appreciate all the efforts of the talented DMWW grounds crew.  To learn about current park events, you can follow DMWW on Twitter and visit the DMWW Website.

Posted by: Terilee H. Clark 3 Comments
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3 Responses to “Behind the Water (Spotlight on DMWW Department): Grounds Staff”

  1. April 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm, Marilee Fowler said:

    We take beautiful places for granted and don’t always realize and appreciate all the work that keeps them. Thank you DMWW for all you do to keep Des Moines beautiful!


  2. April 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm, Laura Sarcone said:

    Thanks, Marilee. We hope that you visit Water Works Park soon, espeically during the crabapple bloom that is expected in the next couple weeks.


  3. April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm, Gaye Clark said:

    Hi Terilee,
    Your blog page looks great! Thanks for sending it
    to us.
    Gaye and Dick


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