Small Business Recovery Grant Program
The City of Windsor Heights is proud to be a part of The Greater Des Moines Partnership's Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The Greater Des Moines Partnership will be accepting applications until 5/20. Windsor Heights businesses that have had restrictions placed on their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify. To learn more and apply, please visit dsmpartnership.com/covid-19/small-business-recovery-grant .
Road Projects
Construction on several streets is currently underway in Windsor Heights. We are posting weekly updates every Friday on our website windsorheights.org as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read about the latest update by clicking the link below.
Future of Windsor Heights Parks
Do you wish Colby Park had a basketball court? What about a splash pad? We want your help planning the future of the City's parks. The City has hired Bolton & Menk to help us put together a park plan, which will create a vision for Colby Park, Lions Park, the Dog Park, and the trail system. Please take the survey below to let us know about how you use our parks and trails and what additions you'd like to see.
Des Moines River Activation & Possible Dam Modification Project
You are invited to participate in an online public meeting, open now through June 3, to provide input on the Des Moines River Activation and Possible Dam Modification (DMRA) Project.

The DMRA Project would provide a regional water trail network on the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers that enhance recreational opportunities and create safer public access in the downtown Des Moines riverfront. The proposed DMRA Project would potentially modify one low-head dam at Scott Avenue and enhance three additional access points (Prospect Park, Birdland Marina and Harriet Street) along a 5-mile stretch of the Des Moines River, in its initial construction. Ultimate construction in downtown Des Moines would include modifications of Center Street Dam, as well as in-river recreation features added downstream of Fleur Drive Dam. Final design for the DMRA Project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2021. Construction is anticipated to begin late 2021 or early 2022.

This project is possible because of a $25 million federal grant from the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development, or BUILD, grant program from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant was secured by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and is being implemented by the MPO, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

For more information, please contact MPO Planning Manager Zach Young at zyoung@dmampo.org or 515-334-0075.
The Colby Park playground and the Windsor Heights Dog Park remain closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Colby Park and the trail will remain open. If you are using Colby Park or the trail, please use caution and practice social distancing.
City Hall and the Public Safety Building remain closed to the public. We will make an announcement on social media and windsorheights.org when City buildings will reopen to the public.

If you have a question about City services, please visit windsorheights.org or call 515-279-3662. Please call 515-277-4453 for any non-emergency police questions. Always call 911 in the event of an emergency.
The Windsor Heights Community Center is closed until 5/31 because of COVID-19. The City Council will discuss whether or not to extend this closure at the 5/18 City Council meeting.

Physical tours of the facility are also canceled until further notice. If you would like to see the facility, there is a video tour on our website.
At the April 20th meeting, the Windsor Heights City Council decided to postpone the City-Wide Garage Sale, which was originally scheduled for May 16th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Council is continuing to monitor the pandemic and is waiting to announce a new date until more restrictions are lifted in the county.
Metro Waste Authority is still planning to pickup items for our Spring Clean-Up on June 6th. Residents who live on streets under construction will still be able to participate and will be contacted directly in regards to how to dispose of their items.

Spring Clean-Up is an opportunity to get rid of unwanted trash that won’t fit in your garbage cart or may require a large item sticker. Examples include a couch, desk, lamp or chair. Click the button below to learn more about what you can and cannot put on your curb.
Order Yard Bags & Large Trash Item Stickers Online
You can now order yard waste bags and large trash item stickers online. Metro Waste Authority will mail them to your home. Click below to order bags and stickers.

Also, If you haven't renewed your yard waste cart sticker yet, you can still do so at windsorheights.org. Starting June 1, the cost to renew will decrease to $92.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
The City has partnered with Metro Waste Authority to bring a Hazardous Waste Disposal Program to Windsor Heights. Hazardous Waste includes items that are flammable or corrosive; they do not belong in the regular trash and shouldn’t be poured down the drain.

Residents can sign up to have these items picked up from their house. If a resident chooses to sign up for the Hazardous Waste Program, the cost is $25 for two 12-gallon bins and one large bag. Container deliveries and pick-ups occur on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

For more information or to sign up, click the link below or call 515.244.0021.
The package may say "flushable" but is it really? So called "flushable wipes" can clog your pipes, which leads to expensive repairs. Items like baby wipes, paper towels, and tampons cannot go down the toilet. The only thing you should flush is toilet paper.
Our local and small businesses need the community's support now more than ever. Here are some easy ways to help. Order takeout or use a drive-thu for your next meal. You can also buy a gift card to use later. And if you don't have extra room in your budget to eat out, leave a positive review online. Every little bit helps!
The City of Windsor Heights will switch its library service from Urbandale to Des Moines on July 1, 2020. Until July, please continue to use the Urbandale Library. Please click the link below to visit the Des Moines Public Library's website and to find information on closures and services related to COVID-19.
Storytime in the Park
The City of Windsor Heights is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. As of now, Storytime in the Park will be pushed back one month and will begin in July. It will take place every Tuesday in July and August at 10 am. We will post any date cancellations on social media and windsorheights.org.
City Council Meetings
Recordings of City Council Meetings are now available to view on windsorheights.org as well as the City's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.

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.
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

  • May 18 — City Council Meeting, via Zoom at 6 pm
  • June 1 — City Council Meeting, City Council Chamber at 6 pm
  • June 6 - City Wide Spring Clean Up
  • June 15 — City Council Meeting, City Council Chamber at 6 pm
  • July 1 — Des Moines Public Library Access Begins
  • July 7 — Storytime in the Park
  • July 14 — Storytime in the Park
  • July 21 — Storytime in the Park
  • July 28 — Storytime in the Park
  • August 4 — Storytime in the Park
  • August 6 — Movies in the Park
  • August 11 — Storytime in the Park
  • August 18 — Storytime in the Park
  • August 25 — Storytime in the Park
  • October 22 — Movies in the Park

The City Council Chambers are located at 1133 66th Street
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)
Fire Department 515-279-9450
Public Works Department 515-645-6825
Community Events Center 515-645-6819
Animal Control 515-286-3632