Announcements

CRIME ALERT :: Burglaries increase city wide

posted Jun 25, 2013, 3:22 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 3:28 PM ]

Residents of Waveland Park Neighborhood have been victimized by an increase in burglaries being seen city-wide. Our neighborhood has consistently low rates of crime yet from time to time, there are upticks in criminal activity in our neighborhood. 

Many of the burglaries have occurred during the day. Residents on Chamberlain Avenue, 45th Street, and other surrounding streets have had recent break ins. 

This is a reminder to continue with common sense, risk management practices - keep your doors, windows, garages and vehicles locked regardless of the time of day. And CALL THE POLICE IF YOU NOTICE ANY SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR. 

People often times don't want to "bother" the police or may feel like they are overreacting by calling in suspicious behavior. Calling the DMPD helps them identify patterns of activity that may lead them to refocus their efforts on a particular part of town. 

The Des Moines Police Department has issued a press release today to announce how they have been working to combat the increase in property crimes. Text from the release is below. Please also see the attached .PDF. 


25 June 2013 


For the past 5 months, the Des Moines Police Department has been successfully using a small group of plain-clothes officers to focus on burglary investigations. 


Since 15 January 2013, four officers were selected for this assignment in place of their regular patrol duties. These officers are assigned to our Crimes Against Property section and are directed each day to assist with investigations depending on need. Their duties may include surveillance, investigative follow-ups or suspect apprehension. 


This “burglary detail” squad was created after the Police Department observed an increase in the number of burglaries city wide. Creating this squad did reduce the number of officers working Patrol Watches however the Department was authorized to allow officers to work on an overtime basis to supplement shortages. This overtime was made possible largely with funds collected from Red Light and Speed camera violations. 


The success of this squad can be seen in statistics that are tracked to monitor their activity. This four-officer squad has made 99 Felony arrests for burglary, theft, forgery and wanted subjects as well as 26 misdemeanor arrests. They have recovered 27 stolen vehicles, 2 weapons and followed up on 150 burglary cases. 


With this success, it has been determined that this squad will be continued indefinitely. We anticipate similar success as this detail goes forward.

 

Sgt. Jason Halifax 





Cummins Woods & Bird Sanctuary Stewardship Day! Good Clean Fun!

posted Jun 20, 2013, 1:02 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

Third time is a charm! Hoping that weather will be on our side after two rescheduled clean ups first, due to snow and freezing conditions and then again, due to rain and very muddy, unsafe conditions Saturday June 29 is the Cummins Woods/Bird Sanctuary Stewardship activity that includes a clean up effort. 

In addition to helping maintain this wonderful natural habitat, this is also an educational event where participants will learn more about the history of this area as well as brush up on your recycling knowledge. 

WHEN: Saturday, June 29

WHERE: Meet first at the Waveland Golf Course Club house, 4908 University Ave.

TIME: 12:30 pm (lunch) 1:00 – 3:30 educational program and on-site clean up

A grant from Metro Waste Authority has made this activity possible with project partners including the Waveland Golf Course, WPNA and the City of Des Moines Department of Public Works.

The WPNA will be providing snacks and beverages to help keep volunteers fueled up and hydrated. Lunch will also be provided  – pizza from Fat Joe’s!  All volunteers will receive a T-shirt and we'll also be awarding prizes for the best team clean up effort – a WPNA mini yard sign! 

RSVP at info@wavelandpark.org with your name, number of people in your group and your t-shirt size. It’s that easy! 

Jazz in July :: Celebrate Summer Live from our Neighborhood!

posted Jun 9, 2013, 4:04 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association   [ updated Jun 13, 2013, 4:05 PM ]

Saturday, July 13 is a date to save!  Held at the majestic and beautiful Waveland Golf Course, an expansive line up of activities for youth and adults is sure to be a crowd pleaser for the 19th Annual Waveland Park neighborhood Jazz in July concert ~ part of the Metro Arts Alliance month-long jazz series. (SEE: http://www.jazzinjuly.org) 

Enjoy cool and tasty drinks over the spicy jazz sounds from one of the Midwest's hottest Latin Jazz bands, Orquesta Alto Maiz! The band will play from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. live, under the shaded canopy of 100 year old oaks. 

FOR THE KIDS ~ Perkins and Hubbell Elementary Schools will have activities for the kiddos including spin art, make and take crafts, a bake sale and the ever popular pony rides! (pending weather) Kids activities begin at 6:30 p.m. 

AND FOR THE ADULTS ~ Templeton Rye (yes, THAT Templeton Rye) will be on-site with their Mobile Speakeasy! The golf course is concocting special, branded drinks in honor of the event available for sale in the clubhouse AND "grilling on the greens" featuring hot of the grill, mouthwatering summer specials also for sale during the event. 

Beer and wine will also be available for sale so remember to leave your coolers and in-cognito, alcoholic beverages at home as alcohol may not be brought into the premises. 

And there's more! CenturyLink is this year's exclusive communication partner and will feature an on-site, LIVE Social Media Station where you can have your photo taken and uploaded to the internet from their new high-speed broadband service! 

You can show your family and friends that awesome piece of art or jewelry purchased at the ARTISTS VILLAGE ~ also located on-site coordinated and hosted by our event partner, The Roosevelt Cultural District.  

This year's event is co-hosted and coordinated by the Waveland Park Neighborhood Association and the Waterbury Neighborhood Association jointly with the Roosevelt Cultural District as a major program partner. The Jazz in July concert could not occur without the fantastic support and sponsorship from CenturyLink and Cornerstone Community Credit Union. 

PLEASE NOTE: As we get closer to this event, a site map with parking directions and other information will be featured online and available at the front gate of this event. Complimentary shuttles will be provided to assist getting to/from the event within the Glendale Cemetery and golf course property. 

This is a free event open to the general public. Food and beverages will be available for sale offered by the Waveland Golf Course clubhouse. 

Public Meeting on 42nd St. Streetscape :: May 21 from 7-9

posted May 18, 2013, 2:23 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association   [ updated May 18, 2013, 2:24 PM ]

A second public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21st from 7 - 9 p.m. to get input on a streetscape concept design proposed for 42nd Street. 

The meeting will take place at Roosevelt High School located at 4419 Center Street in the school's library. Please see the attached flier for details. 

Questions may be directed to: 
Joshua Shields, PLA
Landscape Architect
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
P: (515) 233.6100
email: 
joshsh@bolton-menk.com


Ride Route #60 for FREE the Month of April

posted Apr 1, 2013, 5:14 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

Come explore Route #60, the University/Ingersoll loop for free during the month of April. Route #60 offers a quick convenient loop between University, 42nd St, Ingersoll and downtown.  Whether you are heading to the store or work, grabbing a bite to eat or having a night out on the town - hop on and enjoy the FREE ride.  

 

For assistance planning your trip or additional schedule information call Customer Service at 515-283-8100 or visit ridedart.com.

Good Neighbor Award Recipient Announced @ Spring Meeting

posted Mar 22, 2013, 4:40 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

The WPNA’s board has established an annual award program to acknowledge and celebrate a resident in Waveland Park who exemplifies our Mission “To enhance and maintain the quality of life in Waveland Park”. 


The recipient of this award who has demonstrated a commitment to “walking the talk” while helping to encourage future generations steward Waveland Park will be announced during the spring meeting.


Spring Membership Meeting Notification of Elections

posted Mar 21, 2013, 2:52 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

The 2013 spring membership meeting will hold a business meeting from 7:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Waveland Golf Course Clubhouse located at 4908 University Avenue. This is a notification of an election for the board of directors. 

Elections for the Board of Directors will be held per the recommendation of WPNA's nominating committee to recommend two new individuals and three incumbents. 

All active, dues paid members in good standing at the time of the election may vote. Ballots will be provided to each member meeting this criteria to vote in this election. 

Recommended Nominees are: 

Leslie Berckes
4334 Franklin Avenue

Bio:
Leslie Berckes, an Iowa native, works for Trees Forever, an environmental non-profit dedicated to improving the places where we live, work, and play through tree and native prairie plantings. Throughout her career, Leslie has worked on programs dedicated to reducing solid waste, improving energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable building practices. In her role at Trees Forever, Leslie serves as a program manager for the Des Moines metro and central Iowa region working with volunteers and organizations throughout the area. Leslie earned an M.A. in Public Policy, with an emphasis on environmental policy, and a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. When not working, Leslie and her husband, Jeff, update and restore their 1935 Waveland Park/Beaverdale home and spend time their two cats, Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold.

Statement of Interest in Serving:
I'd like to thank the current WPNA board for extending an invitation to me to join the board. I am very interested in getting involved with my neighborhood and community. It is important to me to take an active role in activities that will improve the place that my neighbors and my family call home. I think the Waveland Park neighborhood is one of the best areas of Des Moines and greatly benefits from an dedicated board. I would be honored to count myself as one of those members.


Luke Mohlenhoff
1614 – 47th St.
 
Bio: 
I moved to Iowa in 2002 and have been a resident of Waveland Park since my wife and I purchased our home in October, 2004. Shortly thereafter, I received my first Waveland Park Neighborhood Association newsletter and read that there was a need for block captains to deliver the newsletter. I have served in that capacity since that time. I also became part of the Finance/Audit committee this year to help formulate best practices for the association’s record keeping and accounting. I felt this was a natural fit due to my background in the banking industry. I have served in multiple roles and am currently a Second Vice President, Construction Lending Officer for West Bank.

Statement of Interest in Serving: 
I am interested in becoming a board member of the Waveland Park Neighborhood Association. When my wife and I were looking to purchase a home in 2004, we spent a good deal of time walking in local neighborhoods. We always enjoyed the Waveland Park Neighborhood
and the many desirable features including Roosevelt High School , Perkins Academy , Hubbell
Elementary, Franklin Library, Waveland Golf Course, Glendale Cemetery , the bird sanctuary and the many small businesses. We also realized Waveland Park was a vibrant neighborhood where homes sold quickly and maintained value. New subdivisions don’t have shaded neighborhoods and historic feel of our neighborhood. Over the past seven years, there has been a lot invested into the infrastructure of the neighborhood with major renovations done to most of the above mentioned assets. I feel it is important for the board to work to preserve the single family housing stock and look for the residents to invest in preserving the property values of the neighborhood so that the infrastructure improvement is fully realized. The board also needs to work with the city to make sure old growth trees are preserved and investment continues to be made in streets and sewer improvements. The commercial areas in the shops
at Roosevelt and on Franklin near the new library need support and new investment. Waveland Park has the ability to become as well known as Beaverdale through events like Jazz in July and Movie Night at Waveland Golf Course and the many public facilities within our borders. I would like to help the neighborhood take the initiative to become one of the most recognized neighborhoods in Des Moines. The pride and energy of Waveland Park residents can preserve and enhance the best parts of our neighborhood if channeled in the most effective way.

Incumbents:
Will Rogers
Christine Pardee
Randy Skeie


Grand Avenue Bridge to close Monday, March 25 2013

posted Mar 19, 2013, 4:47 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

This is an important community announcement on a bridge replacement project which will re-route traffic through, and around Waveland Park neighborhood and the immediate vicinity. Please see the official Press Release from the City of Des Moines below. 

A detailed map of the proposed traffic detours is available below as a .PDF. 


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The Grand Avenue Bridge over Walnut Creek at 63rd Street carries approximately 18,000 vehicles a day. The City of Des Moines Engineering Department will close the bridge to all traffic on Monday, March 25th and it will remain closed until September. 

Vehicles will still be able to travel north and south on 63rd Street. They will not be able to travel east or west across the Grand Avenue Bridge. A signed traffic detour route will be in place and all the businesses on Grand Avenue will be open and have vehicular access. 

A contract in amount of $3,316,610.69 was awarded to Jenco Construction, Inc. of Des Moines for the bridge reconstruction. 

The bridge was originally built in 1914 and was widened in 1935. This almost 100 year old bridge has experienced continued deterioration and therefore the entire bridge must be replaced. The new bridge will feature a total of five (5) traffic lanes and sidewalks on both sides. There will be two through lanes in each direction and a single left hand turn lane; very similar to the current lane configuration. The new bridge will be slightly longer than the present bridge and will help make the flow of Walnut Creek through the bridge more efficient.

In September, three (3) lanes of traffic will be restored on the bridge while the contractor continues to complete the reconstruction. All five (5) lanes of traffic should be open in November. It is likely that additional construction activities will carry over to the spring of 2014, but the work should be minor.

Message boards will be in place on Grand Avenue to remind motorists of the upcoming construction and to look for alternate routes. The detour route will utilize 63rd Street, University Avenue, and 56th Street (see attached detour map- click here). The truck detour route will use 63rd Street, University Avenue, and 42nd Street.

The existing recreational trail beneath the bridge will remain, but will be re-aligned due to the new longer bridge. The Walnut Creek Recreational Trail will remain open for a majority of the construction period and will be detoured on-site. There will be intermittent times when the recreational trail will need to be closed, but this will be minimized as much as possible. 

For more information contact Amelia Hamilton Morris in the City of Des Moines Public Information Office at (515) 283-4795 or Ben M. Cole, P.E., Engineering Department at 515-283-4176 or via email at BMCole@dmgov.org.

TreeKeeper Training Series :: April 9, April 16, April 23 6-9 p.m.

posted Mar 19, 2013, 4:24 PM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association   [ updated Mar 19, 2013, 4:25 PM ]

Become a TreeKeeper

Make a difference in your neighborhood and community 

Get 9 hours of hands-on and 

classroom training on

Tree species ID and benefits 

Proper planting techniques 

Tree maintenance 


Classes in the Des Moines area: 

April 9, Windsor Heights Community Center, 6900 School St., Windsor Heights 

April 16, Des Moines Armory, 602 Robert D. Ray Dr, Des Moines 

April 23, Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston 

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for all classes 

Cost is $30 and includes a light dinner, official TreesKeepers handbook and t-shirt 


This is a series and attendance at each class is encouraged. 

Register: http://www.treesforever.org 

Questions: Contact Leslie Berckes at 515-681-2295 or e-mail, LBerckes@treesforever.org 


Egg Hunt for Lil' Peeps - Saturday, March 30 10 a.m.

posted Mar 14, 2013, 10:23 AM by Waveland Park Neighborhood Association

Calling all lil' peeps ages 10 and under! You are cordially invited to the annual Waveland Park Neighborhood Association Egg Hunt! Dust off your baskets and put Saturday, March 30 at 10 a.m. on your calendar for fun and prizes! 

Hubbell Elementary School playground and the Roosevelt athletic complex are the sites for activities. Enter at the playground blacktop where volunteers will direct children to one of three areas based upon age. 

Be on time as the hunt starts exactly at 10 a.m. - rain or shine!

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