2022 Des Moines Parks as well as Leisure Volunteer Honor Victors

January 25, 2023

News Release

DES MOINES, IOWA– Wednesday, January 25, 2023– Victors of the 2022 Des Moines Parks as well as Leisure Division Volunteer Honors were introduced at the Parks as well as Leisure Board conference on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. These volunteers as well as neighborhood leaders play an important function in sustaining our across the country identified parks as well as entertainment system. The Volunteer Honor program was developed in 2009 to acknowledge volunteers for their dedication as well as solution to the City of Des Moines Parks as well as Leisure Division.

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In 2022, 4,442 volunteers given away 28,816 hrs of solution (valued over $903,000). Regardless of the recurring pandemic, with security methods in position, volunteers trained young people sporting activities, brought back monoliths in Timberland Burial ground, led yoga exercise sessions, nature path runs as well as burial ground historic excursions, welcomed individuals at our canine parks, grown pollinator environments, as well as a lot more. Our volunteers remain to be the heart of our neighborhood, linking us with each other via their solution by sharing their varied abilities as well as skills daily. For additional information regarding offering, see dmparks.org or e-mail [email protected]

Lifetime Achievement - Bill and Pam Thompson

Life Time Success Honor
Expense as well as Pam Thompson

Expense as well as Pam Thompson are veteran advocates of Des Moines Parks as well as Leisure, providing substantial volunteer as well as monetary payments to our neighborhood. The Thompsons have actually functioned relentlessly to lead the Parks Location Structure’s assistance of Riverview Park’s revitalization right into a modern-day performance place. The Thompsons invested plenty of hrs promoting for the brand-new park, offering neighborhood outreach, as well as gathering tales as well as images to aid curate background panels recording the tradition of the previous theme park.

When they weren’t advertising the brand-new park, they were cleaning up as well as looking after it as well as constructing assistance via the Tryst on the Riverview performance collection. The Thompson’s management as well as company contributed in fundraising for the brand-new Riverview Park, which opened up in 2021. The Thompsons remain to sustain the shows in the park as well as offer assisted excursions of the brand-new phase as well as improvements. Recently, the Des Moines City board relabelled a roadway around Riverview Park in honor of this charitable pair.

They have actually given away plenty of hrs on Riverview Park, however their service the Parks Location Structure has actually likewise assisted increase cash for public as well as neighborhood-based improvement tasks, functioning to refurbish, recover, as well as make streetscape enhancements in 2 nationwide historical areas in your area. For their enduring tradition as well as vital devotion as well as dedication to enhancing Des Moines, we recognized Mr. as well as Mrs. Expense as well as Pam Thompson with our 2022 Life Time Success Honor.

Corporate Group of the Year - MidAmerican Energy

Business Volunteer Team of the Year
MidAmerican Power Firm

MidAmerican Power Firm is devoted to returning to the neighborhoods they offer via its business person program, CARES, by urging worker volunteerism as well as neighborhood participation. Workers have actually sustained our division via a range of tasks for many years. This previous year alone, they aided with mulching the Clare as well as Miles Mills Rose Yard, grabbing trash for Cache In Garbage Out, recovering savannas for Planet Day Garbage Celebration, growing trees along the Easter Lake Spinal column Route, eliminating intrusive brush from Gray’s Lake Park as well as Ewing Park as well as upcycling it right into pet food for Space Park Zoo, gathering pasture seed by hand, retiring flags at Glendale Burial ground, as well as mentoring young people sporting activities. Greater than 90 staff members offered this year, touching each component of our division as well as neighborhood. For their initiatives aiding protect as well as recognize Des Moines’ background, improving our parks as well as tracks, recovering all-natural locations to enhance environments, as well as mentoring young professional athletes, we recognized MidAmerican Power as our 2022 Business Volunteer Team of the Year.

To watch the emphasize video clip of the 2022 volunteer program, please see our Parks and Recreation volunteer webpage.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks and Recreation
(515) 237-1386
[email protected]

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.” Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 88 miles of trails, seven cemeteries, Brenton Skating Plaza and numerous recreational facilities. In addition, we offer programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (dmparks.org), Facebook (facebook.com/desmoinesparks), Twitter (
@desmoinesparks) as well as Instagram (instagram.com/desmoinesparks).