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 quartlerly on the last Tuesday of the quarter at 7pm at: Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Future Site
    1600 6th Avenue, on the corner of 6th and College. Board meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, starting at 6pm at: Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Future Si, te1600 6th Avenue, on the corner of 6th and College.
  • 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.