"It takes a noble person to plant a tree that will one day provide shade for those whom they may never meet."  Author Unknown


The purpose of the association is to educate, enrich, inform and enhance the quality of life
 in the Gray's Woods community by providing information on issues of concern to our neighbors, improving neighborhood appearance and promoting safety.

You Can Make A Difference

Grays Woods is a strong active neighborhood association. It consists of a group of thoughtful, committed citizens out to make a positive change in our neighborhood. Residents can make the community a better place to live by representing your specific section of the neighborhood at our meetings.

We help educate residents about safety, housing, crime and environmental issues by inviting institutions, community and city leaders to our meetings. Join us and make your voice heard. There are no membership dues to become a member. Donations are welcome.

How Do I Get Involved?

1. Membership in the association is open to all adults and property owners residing withing the Association's boundaries.
2. Each active adult member of the Association who has attended at least one previous meeting shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.
3. There are no membership dues to become a member. Contributions are accepted.

Meeting Schedule

When: The second Tuesday in March, May and October. The first Tuesday in August (National Night out Potluck)

Where: Four Mile Community Center (Except August)
 3711 Easton Boulevard

 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Directors

Linda Adamson
[email protected]

Vice Chair
Jim Edvenson
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Karen Shoopman

Susan Laws
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Susie Young
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GWNA serves as a Gateway to the City™. The boundaries are formed by Easton Boulevard on the north; East University Avenue to the south; East 33rd Street on the West and the Des Moines corporate limit as the eastern edge.

Found In Gray's Woods

Oakwood Estates

Built in the 1890's it is located near west edge of Gray's Woods.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a precursor to the Des Moines Art Center.

Four Mile Creek

In the early days, it was a respected waterway with a romantic history.
It is 38 miles long and approximately two miles flow through Gray's Woods.

Strasser Woods State Preserve

It is the only state preserve located in the City of Des Moines. The 40 acre area has a one mile circular hiking trail.

Oak Tree

One of the oldest trees in Des Moines is an oak tree that can be found near E.35th Street and University Avenue. It is approximately 175 years or older.

Recreation Trail

The trail is about two miles long from Easton Boulevard to the eastern edge of GWNA.

Four Mile Community Center

Activities at the center include table tennis, Tae Kwon Do, volleyball, basketball, aerobics, skate park, walking club, exercise room and a senior meal site.

GWNA History

Gateway to the City™

GWNA was established in 1996 to combat drug and rental duplex issues. We are a nonprofit charitable organization made up of volunteers. GWNA is a separate entity and it was recognized by the city of Des Moines in 1999.

In March 1999, the Des Moines City Council and Polk County Board of Supervisors approved our Neighborhood Action Plan to identify issues and goals to enable GWNA to become part of the City's Neighborhood Revitalizing Program. The goals emphasize community enhancement, housing and infrastructure rehabilitation.