Beaver Field Development Proposal

posted Aug 9, 2015, 7:52 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association   [ updated Aug 9, 2015, 7:53 PM ]

Hubbell Realty has advised the City of Des Moines that they would like to develop the property at 4209 Lower Beaver Road (also known as the former site of Beaver Air Field). This site is zoned R1-60 (Single family, Low Density District with a minimum of 60' wide lots). Hubbell Realty would like to have the zoning changed to P.U.D. (Planned Unit Development) to allow their concept plan showing 19 bi-attached structures (38 homes with a common center wall). Representatives from Hubbell Realty will be the featured speaker at our LBNA General Meeting held on Monday, August 17th, 2015, 7:00 PM at the Polk County River Place - 2309 Euclid Avenue. Join us to hear their plans for the property and ask questions.

Look at our new Signage!

posted May 6, 2013, 8:38 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

The Trestle to Trestle trail that runs through our neighborhood has a new look!  Next time you're out on the trail enjoying the weather, check them out! Our trail has great connections so you can see lots of Des Moines, surrounding cities, and beyond without even leaving the trail.  Enjoy!

Annual Meeting a Great Success!

posted Mar 22, 2013, 8:29 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

The 2013 LBNA Annual Meeting & Potluck was held February 18 at Polk County River Place, filling two large conference rooms.  The event was well attended by members, who shared a venerable smorgasbord of mesmerizing main dishes, succulent sides, and decadent desserts that completely covered several long conference tables.  You can be assured that no one left hungry!

As always, we were fortunate that many local dignitaries graced our presence, including Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy; Des Moines Fire Chief John TeKippe; LBNA residents Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly, Des Moines Public Works Director Pat Kozitza, and Des Moines School Board President Dick Murphy; as well as a large representation of members of the Des Moines Police and Fire departments.

Members received their new LBNA membership cards, which provide for a plethora of “perks” at LBNA-area merchants.  For a complete listing, please visit our website at

Attendees also received brief committee reports, including the following highlights:

  • Parks:  Brian O’Leary –
    • Started adopt-a-park program; families walked through the park for a month, picking up trash, cleaning up debris. Huge success.
    • Worked with city to complete Merced Drive-Woodlawn Park connection.
    • 2013 plans include development of Woodlawn Park master plan.
  • Special Events:  Janet Herrold / Lynn Cutshall –
    • Presented roster of upcoming social events for 2013.
  • Beautification:  Nicole Lauridsen / Lori Millard –
    • Plantings coming May 18 in several areas.
    • Tree planting along MLK, courtesy of city with help from ISU, water from Wonder Years Daycare and LBNA.
  • Communications:  Brian O’Leary, Allan Olney –
    • Print newsletter coming later in year; looking for help to deliver.
    • New website:
    • E-newsletter popular. 111 subscribers last year, now over 200; features upcoming events and membership expiration information.
  • Infrastructure:  Lynn Cutshall –
    • Worked with city, DMPS, painted and signed crosswalk at Woodlawn Education Center.
    • Vests, stop signs for Samuelson Elementary staff.
    • Pot holes are a work in progress. Introduced Pat Kozitza; pot-hole hotline 283-4950.
  • Neighborhood Infrastructure Revitalization Program:  Bill Sherman –
    • Received $665,000 via city NIRP program, used for street improvements.
    • Neighborhood Finance Corporation:
      • Loan/grant program
      • 22 approved applications
      • $1.5 million in loans so far
      • $156,000 in forgivable monies
  • Business Relations:  Steven Giannoble / Randy Thompson –
    • Working with neighborhood businesses.
    • Largely contingent on NIRP goals, etc.

Also providing reports were Jason Pulliam of the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association, who gave an update on the master plan for Tower Park, including a new water feature and walking trail; as well as DM Public School Board President Dick Murphy, who stated that the EPA named the DMPS as an Energy Star School District for the second consecutive year for saving $1.2 million in energy costs resulting from the refurbishment of the district’s many school buildings.

Interspersed between the committee reports were prize drawings, which made for some very happy people, especially those receiving a coupon towards a massage from the College of Massage (as we understand from one lucky winner).

The meeting was rounded out with the election of Board members.  Re-elected to their current positions were Janet Herrold, Vice President; Lynn Cutshall, Treasurer; and Members-at-Large Steven Giannoble, Nicole Lauridsen, and Brian O’Leary.  Welcome back to the Board!

Annual Meeting & Potluck

posted Feb 17, 2013, 7:03 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

Join us for our annual meeting and potluck on 
Monday, February 18th from 6:30pm to 8pm.  This will be held at the Polk County Riverplace Building on Euclid just east of MLK.  Bring a main dish and a side dish or dessert.  Coffee and ice tea will be provided.  Bring your own place-setting.  Meeting and elections will be held from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

New Vests and Signs for Samuelson

posted Jan 23, 2013, 8:51 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

Vest and Stop Sign for Samuelson
These days, faculty and staff of Samuelson Elementary are sporting a new look! LBNA vice president Janet Herrold and the LBNA recently donated 6 orange crossing guard vests and 6 hand-held stop signs to be used by Samuelson personnel as kids are being picked up each afternoon. The new equipment was purchased in response to concerns expressed by school staff and neighborhood residents about the safety of kids and staff in the midst of the traffic congestion when the school dismisses. Of course, parents and others in the area of both Samuelson Elementary and Woodlawn Education Center are also encouraged to be extra mindful of school traffic, particularly during times when kids are arriving for or dismissing from school.

Picture: Holly Barcus, Dean of Students at Samuelson Elementary, wearing a safety vest and holding a stop sign donated by the LBNA.

Recent Events a Success!

posted Aug 25, 2012, 6:49 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

Movie in the Park
We had a tremendous turnout for the Movie in the Park event.  More than 80 neighbors turned out to watch The Wizard of Oz in Woodlawn Park!

Last month was our annual Fourth of July Kiddie Parade at Samuelson Elementary School.  Thank you to all our neighbors who participated and we hope everyone got a chance to see pictures from our parade on the Des Moines Register website.

Want to Remodel Your Home?

posted Aug 15, 2012, 2:46 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

Get up to a $10,000 subsidy from the Neighborhood Finance Corporation for home improvement projects!  Or, if you know someone interested in purchasing a home in our neighborhood, they too can benefit from the NFC financing which recently became available in Lower Beaver Neighborhood! Visit for more information.

Emerald Ash Borer

posted Aug 15, 2012, 2:43 PM by Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association

Many of you may be aware of the Emerald Ash Borer threat to Ash trees.  
This map highlights where the beetle has been detected (extreme northeast Iowa) and where additional quarantines have been placed.  Please share this map with anybody who may be concerned about the arrival of this beetle in Des Moines.

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