A Word From the President

Hi WHNA Neighbors:

1. If you missed the City's presentation on May 12th regarding the Major McKinley Ave reconstruction project, go to the McKinley drop-down page from the Welcome Menu and you will have the ability to play on YouTube a complete 50 plus minute recording of that meeting.

LATEST UPDATE An in-person public information meeting will be held on Wednesday June 16th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the South Union Elementary School outdoor shelter (west parking lot). This will NOT be a formal presentation - rather it will allow residents and others to discuss the project and share concerns with the City staff. The PDF file below is their Public Announcement:

2. Joel Van Roekel, our Parks and Recs Support has sent me a link to Summer Jobs with the City. 


3. To all our WHNA Neighbors and Visitors, Our regular NBSD Police Officer Sgt. Ripperger has been moved on to a new job in the Police Department. He has been a tremendous service to us. We are going to miss him. We wish him the best in his new job. Sarge: Stay SAFE and Stay WELL.

Our new NBSD Police Officer officially took over for us this Wednesday May 12th. She is Sgt. Yanira Scarlett. She clearly is highly respected by the Des Moines Police Department; She was the first Spanish Heritage Officer to be promoted to Sergeant. 

Her contact information has been posted on this website in both the Police Section and in the WHNA section for the New Neighbors Information. When you get an opportunity, please make her feel welcome.

4.  We have now been approved by the Des Moines School District to use the Park Avenue Elementary School Grounds to host a National Night Out Event recognizing local Police Departments and Fire Departments. Both the Police Department and Fire Department confirm that we will be hosting an event.

This will likely be the biggest crowd of any of our events in this year. If you live in the WHNA area we could use your help.

The Event is the afternoon and/or evening of Tuesday August 3rd 2021. Times to be finalized in the next month. 

We will need people to just generally help out as needed. If you can help, let me know (515) 287-1976.

We also are short on some equipment. We can use more:

A: Folding tables from six to ten foot long;

B: A Couple of Small Kid Size Soccer Goals;

C: A few more 10' x 10' portable Shelters;

D: As many folding chairs as possible.

      If you can help-out call me so we can make arrangements.

It will be fun. Your help will be appreciated.

Thank you,


Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association

Click the red code below to visit our NNO page


Thank you