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Stone Park in Des Moines is slated for updates, and residents are invited to submit their input


Swing set at Stone Park in Des Moines on 11/16/2022. -Courtney Guein/Little Village

Stone Park on SE 5th Street in Des Moines is getting a much-deserved face lift, and the City of Des Moines wants resident input on the project.

The now 15.5-acre park was acquired by the city in 1925, when the park was only eight acres. It remained largely unchanged until 1949 when Des Moines resident Irving E. Stone donated the shelter house and the wading pool. In 1954, the park was renamed Stone Park.

Stone Park in Des Moines on Nov. 16, 2022. — Courtney Guein/Little Village

Now, the City is proposing a number of improvements to the park, such as a futsal court, an open-air shelter, and four pickleball courts. Since the project is still in the planning stages, there are few confirmed details regarding timeline and costs.

But Des Moines residents have an opportunity to fill out an online survey that will help let the city know what elements are important to them. The survey is open until Dec. 11. It asks a series of different questions regarding parking, a resident’s main reason for visiting the park, if a resident is in favor of removing the swimming pool to add a splashpad, and preferences on playground selection. The results of the survey will be available to the public shortly after the survey closes, according to Des Moines Parks and Recreation’s website.


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