Van Meter Parks and Recreation offers a service to the citizens of Van Meter to improve their overall quality of life by offering programs and events that emphasize health, wellness, and physical & leisure activities. Our department separates our activities into two areas, athletics and parks and recreation. Athletic activities focus on physical activity and sports for both youth and adult, while parks and recreation offer activities that are more leisure oriented and can be enjoyed by the whole family.


Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department in Van Meter is managed by the Parks and Recreation Director, Alex Brayton. Alex started working for the City of Van Meter in June 2015 and is excited to develop the recreational programming offered to Van Meter citizens and the community continues to grow. Alex holds an office in City Hall and can be contacted at with any comments or questions.

The Van Meter Park Board is a group of volunteers that works along with Alex and is committed to the beautification and enhancement of the community. They oversee the maintenance and improvements of the local parks. They also sponsor the Easter Egg Hunt; Garage/Plant Sale in the Spring; Halloween Fun in the park; – and many other fun activities!

Parks and Recreation Board Members are:

  • Janice Miller, Chair 515-996-2015
  • Lisa Benton 515-996-2158
  • Monica Reicks
  • Brett Thompson 515-996-9104
  • Josh Wiederholt 515-996-2847