Infrastructure & Public Spaces

By focusing on adult education, youth programs and the overall health of East Bank residents, we are working with residents and partners to identify new programs, ways to leverage existing programs and create meaningful opportunities to engage.


Road & Sidewalk Repairs

Capitol East received $900,000 in targeted infrastructure repairs from city funding. Newly paved roads and better sidewalks are an immediately visible improvement that build confidence in the future of the neighborhood and improve walkability and access for residents of Capitol East.


Burke Park

This park in Capitol Park received major upgrades when Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines and Meredith Corporation partnered to install playground equipment, plant trees and make other improvements to the park. A total of $56,000 was invested into this park thanks to the Meredith Corporation.


MLK Jr. Park

Longtime resident, Odell Jenkins, worked diligently with Polk County and the City of Des Moines Parks Department to install a concrete walking path for residents along the perimeter of MLK Jr. Park. This walking path is one-third mile long and allows for residents and senior center attendees to further utilize the park. Over time, MLK Jr. Park has received numerous upgrades, making it an attractive park to visit for residents both near and far.  


DART Bus Stops

Two bus stops in Capitol East have new shelters with benches thanks to DART, one in front of La Placita on East Grand Avenue, and the other at the intersection of East 18th Street and E Grand Avenue. More bus stop improvements in the East Bank are in the works for 2016.


DOLLARS INVESTED IN 2015: $1,052,306