About and Membership

The River Bend Neighborhood Association was organized in 1986 when a group of neighbors met to discuss the area’s needs. The River Bend Neighborhood Association is committed to improving our neighborhood. Accomplishments include:

  • Ongoing work with city agencies to advocate for better law enforcement and other city services
  • Working with several developers to bring historically sensitive development into the River Bend
  • Saving historical houses, including the Ruan home
  • Working with other neighborhood associations to work for the common interests of Des Moines residents
  • Taking action against landlords that create nuisance properties through improper management
  • Developing a 6th Street revitalization plan and working with businesses and the city to help make the vision a reality
  • Holding an annual home tour to raise awareness of the neighborhood.

Here are the answers to common questions about the Association:

  • When/Where are meetings held?
    • General meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the Month at 6pm at:
      • Grub YMCA, 1611 11th St., Des Moines, IA 50314.
    • Board meetings are held on the Third Thursday of each month, starting at 6pm at:
      • Grub YMCA, 1611 11th St., Des Moines, IA 50314.
  • Who can attend? Everyone is welcome to attend general and board meetings, and there’s no charge to attend. To become a member of the neighborhood, which gives you rights to vote for the Association board, as well as run to be a board member after one year of membership, the cost is $10 per person per year.