About the Association

The Waveland Park Neighborhood Association was founded in 1992 by a group of residents who shared a common interest to keep the neighborhood a desirable place to live. Paul Johnson organized and hosted the first meeting on October 16, 1991 along with his wife Marion, Larry Johnston, Mark Johnson, Jim Kelley, A. Jane Roberts and Jon Vasey. Just a few months later, the Association was formed and members were recruited. Twenty years later in 2012, the Waveland Park Neighborhood Association (WPNA) is still going strong. We've completed a majority of goals in our Neighborhood Plan and have since then become one of the City of Des Moines' Chartered neighborhoods. We've also received a number of City and Resource provider awards and our membership of individual, household and businesses is expanding. 

The Association's work is coordinated and overseen by a group of up to 11 neighborhood residents who serve as volunteer members of the board of directors of the WPNA; guided by the Association's purpose and bylaws. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Waveland Golf Course Club House. The WPNA's work could not be done without a significant number of committed group of volunteers - currently over 75+ neighbors, family members, colleagues, and business owners. They are the people that make what the Association accomplishes possible. 

We provide the following activities, programs, and resources to the greater Waveland Park neighborhood specifically, and the greater Des Moines Metro in general: 
  • Newsletter published 4x a year,
  • Annual Egg Hunt,
  • Coordinate a "Jazz in July" outdoor jazz concert and arts event,
  • Street-level, environmental surveying for infrastructure issues including sidewalk and curbs, litter, etc.,
  • Neighborhood-wide flower planting in boulevards, entrance points, and neighborhood community centers,
  • Coordinate "National Night Out" - a police/community crime reduction and prevention effort,
  • Administer the "Waveland Park Neighborhood" website,
  • Coordinate community "e-distribution" announcements to our Association membership,
  • Administer a Face Book pagehttp://www.facebook.com/WPNAfb 
  • Monitor, and report back to our members, city actions in our area including that from planning and zoning, parks, public works, (and many more),
  • Serve as neighborhood liaison to city government and elected officials to inform them of topics of concern to residents and businesses.
The WPNA is a non-partisan organization in which all meetings, programs, and events are free and open to the public. It is the Purpose of the WPNA to "Enhance and maintain the quality of life in Waveland Park"