Tradition with a Vision

Van Meter is a community of approximately 1,000 residents, conveniently located just 10 minutes west of Des Moines and one mile south of I-80 at exit 113.

Because of its excellent location, Van Meter provides small town living with access to “big city” amenities.  We are a community that prides itself on its quality of life and services provided by local foundations, volunteers, and boards.

The continued development of the Van Meter Recreation Complex provides a host of resources for our young athletes and families in the Van Meter community.  The complex located on approximately 32 acres bordering the Raccoon River provides youth and adult sport fields for soccer, baseball, softball, and football.  This is a partnership between the Van Meter Community School and the City of Van Meter.  The Van Meter Recreation Foundation, whose membership includes many community leaders, has taken the lead on initiating this worthwhile project.

The Van Meter Park and Recreation Board has been working to improve existing parks.  Most of their efforts have been concentrated on Johnson Park (located at the end of Division Avenue).  The park has a shelter, a drinking fountain, playground equipment and a short walking trail with benches that surround a small pond.  It is a picturesque area that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  In addition to the work involved with the parks, the board also sponsors the Easter Egg Hunt, the city wide garage sale and plant sale, movie nights in the park, and Halloween Fun in the park.  They also sponsor a “golf night.”

Van Meter is fortunate to have a well trained volunteer Fire and Rescue Department that provides protection/service to citizens within and outside of city limits.  They are responsible for sponsoring several community events held throughout the year including Raccoon River Days in June, a street dance in July, and Santa Day in December.

What is a city without a library?  The VM Public Library, though small, has a large selection of current titles, as well as audio books, large print books, periodicals, children’s books and movies/dvds.  The library staff also has fun activites for kids as well as a computer for patron use.  The library is located next to City Hall and another lovely city park.

If you are considering a move to the “suburbs” that offers a short commute to Des Moines and Van Meter City Boundaries extend south of Highway 90 to include Crestview Estates into city limits.

If you are considering a move to the “suburbs” that offers a short commute to Des Moines and provides your family with a safe and welcoming environment – consider Van Meter.  You will enjoy the small town atmosphere while providing your children an excellent educational opportunity.  The Van Meter Community School District is committed to developing positive, productive and responsible citizens who are independent thinkers, value themselves and others, and have the knowledge, skills, and desire to be life-long learners.

Enjoy your visit to Van Meter, a growing city with a lot to offer.  As we continue to grow, we strive to make necessary improvements to our city.  Past projects include  – a $1.3 million water/sewer main project and $110,000 in improvements to the lift station.  Two major capitol improvement projects were just completed.  A grant was received from the Iowa Department of Transportation for 80% of the cost to replace the “school bridge” on Wilson Street.  The new structure provides pedestrian walkways on each side of the bridge and will accomodate two-way traffic.  The city  also partnered with Dallas County to replace the Raccoon River Bridge. The city received a $1 million dollar grant to use toward this improvement.  The county also resurfaced north on R16 to the interstate intersection.  Most recently we made improvements to some interior city streets and worked with Dallas County to resurface R16 south of town to Highway 90.

If you like what you’ve read so far and want to be informed of what’s happening within our City – then visit the different sections of the website.  We have more information on the various boards and departments.  Didn’t have time to attend the last council meeting?  Find the minutes on the website.  Want the most current information?  Read the newsletter online.  We have many helpful links to get you more information.  Check back often as we try to have more new and exciting information posted regularly.

As always, if you have questions or want to talk to a person, call City Hall at (515) 996-2644 or email us at lthompson@cityofvanmeter.com

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

Mayor Allan Adams