Des Moines Legacy Foundation Projects

Sonju Community Garden is busy this Summer

Volunteers have been busy growing vegetables in Georgie's greenhouse to help provide fresh, healthy produce for Des Moines Area Food Bank clients. Plots are growing plants, with Des Moines Legacy Foundation providing scholarship funds for one senior to grow her favorite produce. The Des Moines Legacy Foundation also provided the raised beds, the Phyllis Moore bench and funds to help purchase Georgie's Greenhouse. Georgie Nupen was a board member of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation , an avid gardner, and the coordinator for the Des Moines Activity Center horticulture group.

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Daisy Sonju Community Garden

Sonju Community Orchard and Garden, opened in 2010, is a gathering spot for gardeners, elementary school kids, and our entire neighborhood. The garden offers annual p-patch rentals and grows food for the Des Moines Area Food Bank. Stop by and enjoy our paradise patch!
  • Community garden plots
  • Georgie's Greenhouse- vegetables seedlings for the Des Moines Area Food Bank
  • Raised Garden Beds for seniors and disabled
  • Memorial Bench

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