Summer in the Heights
School is out, the weather is warm, and the fun is just getting started in Windsor Heights! From free concerts to educational activities in Colby Park, here's a list of all the events happening in our city this summer. Scroll down for more information.

  • June 5 City Wide Garage Sale
  • June 12 City Wide Clean Up
  • June 12 & 13 Tire Recycling in Colby Park
  • June 14 Art of the Green with the Franklin Ave Library in Colby Park
  • June 18 Movies in the Park: The Goonies
  • June 25 Storytime in the Park with the Franklin Ave Library
  • June 28 Summer Science with the Franklin Ave Library in Colby Park
  • July 3 Independence Day Parade Presented by the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • July 3 Nights in the Heights Faculty Lounge
  • July 3 Fireworks
  • July 6 Nights in the Heights Dick Danger Band
  • July 12 – Art of the Green with the Franklin Ave Library in Colby Park
  • July 13 Nights in the Heights Jimmy the Weasel
  • July 16 Storytime in the Park with the Franklin Ave Library
  • July 20 Nights in the Heights The Flying Silos
  • July 26 – Summer Science with the Franklin Ave Library in Colby Park
  • July 27 Nights in the Heights Bob Pace and the Dangerous Band
  • August 3 Nights in the Heights Stark Raving Madge
  • August 20 – Movies in the Park: Grease
The City Wide Garage Sale will be on Saturday, June 5th. This is a designated date for residents to host garage sales from their Windsor Heights homes.

Map
This map will be compatible with Google Maps so you will be able to access a link that will direct you to the Google Maps app. From there you will be able to see markers for each address participating. When you click on the marker, it pulls up the address and you have the option to use the app to get directions.
The City Wide Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, June 12th. This is a chance for residents to get rid of any unwanted items that won't fit in their trash cart, or may require a large item sticker. Examples may include a couch, desk, lamp, or chair.  

What Items Qualify?
When you’re considering setting an item out, ask yourself: 
  • Can two people lift it? 
  • Is my pile smaller than the bed of a pick-up truck? 

If the answers to these two questions are yes, then kick those items to the curb by 6 AM on June 12th. Following the guidelines will help maintain consistent garbage rates, keep everyone safe, and get your items removed timely. 

What Are Items That Can't Be Picked Up?
Here’s what NOT to place at your curb: 
  • Appliances 
  • Hazardous waste 
  • Tires 
  • TVs* 

*TVs are only allowed in select communities, so please call 515.244.0021 to verify. 

Only residents on city services are eligible to participate in this spring clean-up.  
Old tires can be disposed of on June 12th and 13th at the Colby Park parking lot from 8 am to 4 pm. 

What's Accepted
  • Residential passenger tires
  • Truck tires
  • 5 tires per household disposal limit

What's Not Accepted
  • Scrap tires generated by any business
  • Large semi-trailer tires
  • Farm or tractor tires
  • Solid tires such as lawnmower, forklift, or golf cart
  • Tires containing hazardous chemicals
Science and Art Programs in Colby Park
The Franklin Avenue Library Youth Staff will be presenting four programs in Colby Park during June and July. Two of the programs will involve creating art projects, and the other two will be science-related activities. Library staff will bring all of the materials needed for 50 children to do the activities. These programs will be geared towards children ages kindergarten and up, but older and younger siblings can participate as well. Families will have a choice if they would like to spread out and do the activity in the park, or they can take the materials home with them. These events will be provided to the community free of charge and no registration will be required. The activities will be available to anyone who would like to attend while supplies last but will be canceled in the event of rain.

Program Dates
  • Monday, June 14, 3:00 PM Art on the Green
  • Monday, June 28, 3:00 PM Summer Science
  • Monday, July 12, 3:00 PM Art on the Green
  • Monday, July 26, 3:00 PM Summer Science
Storytime in Colby Park
Come for a story, stay for the snacks! The Franklin Avenue Library Youth Staff will be presenting Storytime in the Park in Colby Park on June 25th and July 16th at 10:30 am. Join us for a children's story read by one of the librarians and an individually packaged snack and drink to enjoy!
Nights in the Heights
Nights in the Heights is back for 2021! The popular free concert series is presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation and will take place in Colby Park again this summer. Please visit the Windsor Heights Foundation Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Concert Dates
July 3 — Faculty Lounge
July 6 —  Dick Danger Band
July 13 —  Jimmy the Weasel
July 20 —  The Flying Silos
August 3 —  Stark Raving Madge
Celebrate Independence Day in Windsor Heights on Saturday, July 3rd! The Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce is presenting a parade from 4-6 pm. After the parade, there will be live music as a part of the 2021 Nights in the Heights free concert season presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation! And of course, the night will wrap up with fireworks at dusk.
BCycle Station
A 10 dock BCycle station is now in Colby Park located directly north of the butterfly gardens. This program is being hosted by the Des Moines Street Collective in collaboration with the City. It has electric-assist bicycles available to rent to use for recreational or transportation purposes. This is funded by a mix of rental fees, advertisements, and annual support from the City. Learn more about renting a bike by clicking the button below.
Please Pick Up After Your Pets
Did you know it's a violation of City Code to not pick up after your dog if they leave their mess in your neighbor's yard? Please remember to be courteous of your neighbors and bring a bag with you on your next walk.
When you are out mowing your lawn, please don't blow grass clippings into the street. This and other debris can clog the storm sewers.

As a reminder, it is a violation of City Code for grass/weeds to be over 6 inches.
The City is sending weekly email updates on all four road construction projects. Click the buttons below to sign up for the street that you would like to get email updates on. If you would like to receive an email update for multiple streets or all of the projects, please sign up for each individual street.
Smart Summer Irrigation
As we move into warmer weather, Des Moines Water Works wants to remind central Iowa businesses and homeowners to Use Water Wisely, a recommended program aimed at smart summer irrigation. By improving the efficiency of irrigation practices, businesses and homeowners can reduce consumption, save money, and reduce the peak load on water facilities.
  • Watering is not recommended on Mondays.
  • Even-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
  • Odd-numbered addresses are encouraged to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, before 10:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
  • Watering is not recommended during the hottest part of the days hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Many people don’t realize that common household cleaners, bug spray, and even some paints are hazardous waste and need to be disposed of with special care. Metro Waste Authority offers residents options to safely dispose of household hazardous waste.

  • Drop-offs: Located in Bondurant or Grimes and open year-round, residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste by dropping off items at these locations.
  • Houseside Collection: if traveling to a drop-off location is an issue, Metro Waste Authority will come to you. The service is provided on an as-needed basis and sign-up is simple:
  • Visit http://www.WhereItShouldGo.com/HHWHouseside or call 515.244.0021
  • Complete the request form for houseside hazardous waste service.
  • For the cost of $25, two bins and a large collection bag will be delivered on the 2nd or 4th Friday of the month.
  • Once you’ve packed all your waste, request a pick up.

It’s as simple as that to get toxic chemicals out of your home and disposed of safely.
Soil Quality Restoration Projects
The City of Windsor Heights may help you pay for part your yard project if it helps improve surface water quality or reduce surface runoff.

What type of projects are covered?
  • Soil quality restoration
  • Rain barrels
  • Native planting
  • Rain gardens
  • Tillage
  • Aeration
  • Compost
  • Bio-retention cells
  • Other - please contact the City to see if your project qualifies

Why is the City doing this?
The City of Windsor Heights is dedicated to smart stormwater management. The City aims to increase both water quality and water quantity through the implementation of stormwater best management practices (BMP’s). Stormwater is water from rain, snowmelt, and surface drainage that runs off impervious surfaces such as paved surfaces, roofs, and compacted lawns. Stormwater can collect sediment, litter, contaminants, and other pollutants. As part of the metro-wide #RainCampaign, the City Council approved reimbursements for soil quality restoration projects to be covered under this program.

How do I apply?
Learn how you can get reimbursed for stormwater best management projects by clicking the button below.
The 2021 Compost It! season runs weekly on Fridays from April 9th through November 27th. City Hall has reopened to the public, but you can still purchase your sticker online and we will mail it to you. If this is your first year, your new cart will also be dropped off at your home.
Yard waste bags and bag stickers can also be purchased online. Metro Waste Authority will ship these to your home. If you need these sooner, click the button below to see a list of retailers who sell bags and stickers. Please call the retailer first to double-check that they have them in stock. Windsor Heights residents can purchase these in other cities, they don't have to be purchased within city limits.

Have a question for the City? Or need to report a pothole or other issues in Windsor Heights? Send us a text! TextWH is a non-emergency service. Always call 911 in the event of an emergency.

How does it work?
Just text your question or concern to (855) 637-9442. If you're asking a question, you'll get a response with a link to our website with more information. If that doesn't answer your question, you'll then be able to send a message to City staff who will contact you during normal business hours.

You can also report a concern by texting (855) 637-9442. You'll be able to send images as well. This is a quick and convenient way to let the City know about issues in our community.

Do I need to sign up?
You don't need to sign up or register. Just make sure to save (855) 637-9442 in your contacts so you can text the City when you need to next time.

How is this different from text and email alerts?
TextWH is different from our email and text alerts. This is an opportunity for residents to contact the City with a question or concern by texting (855) 637-9442.

Our email and text alerts are sent directly to residents, but you must sign up to receive these alerts. They are only sent during snow parking bans or other breaking news events.
Alerts from the City of Windsor Heights are sent for snow parking bans, road closures, water main breaks, and other breaking news. Unlike TextWH, our new interactive texting service described above, you do need to sign up to receive these alerts. Click the button below to sign up.
The Community Center and Pavilion are all available to rent online. The Dog Park and playground remain open. The outdoor restrooms and tennis courts are now open.
City Council Meetings
Recordings of City Council Meetings are now available to view on windsorheights.org as well as the City's YouTube account.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, City Council Meetings will be conducted via Zoom. Zoom meeting information will be posted on windsorheights.org and on social media.

Zoom Meeting Information
Meeting ID: 882 5126 3290
Passcode: 084772
Phone: 1 312 626 6799

Check out the City Council Recap! This is a brief highlight of the City Council meetings. The recap is not minutes of the Council meeting. Minutes are considered and approved at the subsequent Council meeting.
Prefer a Printed Newsletter?
We are giving our residents the option to receive their City newsletter in printed form. If you would like to (or know a neighbor who would) please email your name and address to Communications/Recreation Coordinator Whitney Tucker at wtucker@windsorheights.org or call 515-645-6819. Residents have to opt in to receive the newsletter in printed form, they will not automatically be mailed to every resident.
Save the Date
  • June 5 — City-Wide Garage Sale
  • June 7 — City Council Meeting Via Zoom
  • June 12 — City-Wide Cleanup
  • June 12 & 13 — Tire Drop-Off Colby Park
  • June 14 — Art on the Green Colby Park
  • June 18 – Movies in the Park: The Goonies
  • June 21 — City Council Meeting Via Zoom
  • June 25 — Storytime in the Park with the Franklin Ave Library
  • June 28 — Summer Science Colby Park
  • July 3 — Independence Parade Presented by the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • July 3 — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • July 3 — Fireworks in Colby Park
  • July 5 — City Council Meeting Via Zoom
  • July 6 — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • July 12 — Art on the Green Colby Park
  • July 13 — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • July 16 — Storytime in the Park with the Franklin Ave Library
  • July 19 — City Council Meeting Via Zoom
  • July 20 — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • July 26— Summer Science
  • July 27th — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • August 3 — Nights in the Heights Presented by the Windsor Heights Foundation
  • August 20 – Movies in the Park: Grease
  • September 17 – Movies in the Park: Onward
  • October 29 – Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus
  • December 17 - Movies in the Park: Elf

City Council meetings will be conducted on Zoom until further notice
Phone Numbers

City Hall 515-279-3662
Police Department 515-286-3632
Police Admin/Records 515-277-4453
Building Inspections 515-333-4161 (Safe Building Iowa)
Fire Department 515-279-9450
Public Works Department 515-645-6825
Community Events Center 515-645-6819
Animal Control 515-286-3632