Des Moines Legacy Foundation Projects

DMLF Funded Community Contribution

Here's another Legacy-funded community contribution! This beautiful new shuttle will make events at the Beach Park and Marina easier to get to for seniors and the disabled, from the Farmers Market to summer concerts to winter Christmas Ship bonfires! Des Moines Legacy Foundation, the Waterfront Farmers Market, and Des Moines Rotary joined forces to provide this second shuttle vehicle to the City of Des Moines!

Des Moines Legacy Foundation Funds Dance for Parkinsons

Recent participant surveys from the Des Moines Legacy Foundation funded Dance for Parkinson's class share the following highly rated comments:

"I have a greater sense of body control, strength and flexibility, I have enjoyed the social engagement and meeting new people in the classes, My mental and physical health and well being has improved, I feel more positive in my daily life, I connected with my imagination and creative side; I would enjoy taking more Dance for Parksinson's classes."

Dance for Parkinson's is an eight week free program for senior adults who have movement issues. Taught by professional dancers from Seattle Theatre Group, the program is in its fourth year in Des Moines, held at Des Moines/Normandy Park Activity Center. Offered three sessions per year, the music is "live" and so is the laughter!

Sonju Community Garden Partners With United Way for the 2014 Day of Caring

Eighty-six volunteers from the Sonju Community Garden, Microsoft, and King County Library Systems worked all day Friday, September 19, to clear brush, pick apples, make new pea patch plots, and paint two fantastic art windows on the barn. Thanks to their efforts, the garden and orchard are tidy and ready for winter. Partnerships such as this, in addition to our sponsorship by the Des Moines Legacy Foundation and other community members, and the City of Des Moines, make our garden grow! Thank you!

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Des Moines Arts Commission

The Des Moines Legacy Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the Des Moines Beach Park Summer Concerts. Funds from the Des Moines Legacy Foundation paid for the Honor Aging Mural in downtown Des Moines.
  • Rotating Sculpture Project
  • Summer Concerts in the Park (Des Moines Beach Park)
  • Honor Aging Mural in downtown Des Moines

Park Improvements

Park improvements in Des Moines are a top priority to ensure our foundation's vision and mission. We are proud of what the foundation has provided to date:
  • Grandstand at Field House Park
  • Steven J. Underwood Ball field
  • Big Toy playground at Water Tower Park
  • Memorial Bench program
  • Grants for improvements at Midway Park, Wooton Park, Des Moines Beach Park and Des Moines Field House

Facility Improvements

Funds provided by the foundation have built improved and enhanced additions to the activity center:
  • Large outdoor patio and public garden
  • Outdoor patio furniture
  • Storage closet addition
  • Flag pole

Equipment and Supplies

Des Moines Legacy Foundation works hard to provide equipment and supplies critical to our parks, recreation and senior services programs, when city funds are not available.
  • Washer/dryer for the senior center nutrition program
  • New freezer for the Meals on Wheels program
  • Medical lending equipment for the lending closet at the senior center
  • New coffee system for the senior center
  • Emergency kits for low income seniors
  • Defibrillators for the Field House and the Activity Center
  • Wheelchair restraint system for the Senior Shuttle transportation program
  • Fourteen passenger bus for the recreation and senior services programs
  • Support and staffing for the Food Bank summer lunch programs
  • Community Reader Board at the activity center
  • Senior softball team equipment
  • New 55" smart TV for the activity center Wii athletes
  • Lobby furniture for the activity center
  • Special event supplies and equipment
  • Special chair for senior foot care program


  • Dance for Parkinson's
  • Youth Recreation scholarships
  • Seniors Creating art
  • Hot Lunches and Meals on wheels healthy food supplements at Des Moines Senior Center
  • Medical Lending
  • Participation scholarships for older adults
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Senior Dental Screenings
  • Senior HYDE shuttle transportation
  • Senior Sunday Dances
  • Take Back Your Meds
  • Senior foot care scholarships