A Word From the President


H.U.D. has provided substantial funding to:

the Polk County Health Department.

Lead Poisoning can cause permanent brain damage in young children. Repair assistance is now available!

The high risk is in homes built before 1978. The highest risk of lead poisoning is in homes built before 1960. 

Unfortunately, that is about 3 out of every 4 homes in the Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association area. 

If you and your home qualify, the inspection is free to learn if your home has a lead poisoning risk. The Risk can be repaired AT NO COST to you.

NOTE: Click on the link below for more information:

Latest News

Click on the address below to link to our latest info link to the McKinley Avenue Reconstruction Closure.

NOTE: The Closure has been moved back to now start during the Spring/Summer of 2023.


Great News

Click on the address below and you will be able to go to a Federal Government website to request FOUR (4) Free Home Testing kits for Covid to be delivered to your home.



We have return to our normal meeting site for our Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association Meetings.

Monday May 16th, 2022, our meetings will be live and in person in the South Union Elementary School Library (room 201) starting at 6:00 pm. 

For first time participants, it is best to park at the School's parking lot at the EAST end of the building. Enter that lot from East Leach Avenue at the east end of the school building.

You will see double doors toward the south part of the lot. That is where you need to enter the building. If the door is locked, you will see a buzzer to the right side of the door. Push the buzzer and someone will come to let you in. The Library is directly west ahead of you down that hallway. You will see the Library on the north side of the hallway.  

The School System requires that we maintain spacing, as much as possible. wearing a Mask is OPTIONAL. If you do not have a facemask, we will provide you one.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person for the first time in a long time. For all first-time visitors, feel welcome; you are a WHNA Neighbor also.

The following meeting scheduled at the School Library is for:

Monday May 16th 2022 at 6:00 pm.  

We are also currently scheduled at the Park Avenue Elementary School Gounds on Tuesday August 2nd 2022 to Host the National Night Out Event to Honor our   Des Moines Police Department and Des Moines Fire Department.

Last Year, this was an outstanding event. Lots of things to do and, plenty to eat and fun things for the kids. Go to our Gallery, above to see some of the pictures from last year's event. Put this on your schedule for this year. Starts at 5:00 pm.


More Great News

We recently appeared before the Neighborhood Revitalization Board and received their recommendation to the City Council that our proposed expansion be approved.

That expansion area is the 1/4 section between Park Avenue on the North and Watrous Avenue on the South and South Union on the West and SE 5th Street on the East. 

The City Council voted to approve this boundary expansion at the City Council meeting Monday evening, April 18th, 2022. All the neighbors in this new area can fully participate in our meetings and events at this time.

Welcome All.