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The Parks Area Foundation, Des Moines Park and Recreation, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Polk County Conservation, and the City of Des Moines worked collectively to plan and fund the improvements that will begin at Riverview Park. The Riverview Park Project is at the site of the Des Moines Amusement Park that existed from 1915 to 1978. The Des Moines residents are excited and engaged to commemorate this project where there is a strong history and emotional connection. The Variety Star Playground at Riverview Park will be an all-inclusive playground that will allow all ages and abilities to play together. Another great addition will be The Riviera Stage that will be a signature feature. Revitalization of Riverview will be a great economic boost and will bring back music, family time and fun. We are very excited to make this project a reality!
1 month 2 weeks ago
I had the opportunity to provide a Community Betterment Grant to East High School Boys Basketball Coach Mark Core and Principal Leslie Morris.
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November 9, 2017 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom Hockensmith, 515-210-4553
Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith announces candidacy for re-election
Tom Hockensmith, a life-long Democrat from Des Moines, officially announced today that he will seek re-election in 2018 to the Polk County Board of Supervisors. His previous public service includes serving as policy advisor to former Governor Thomas J. Vilsack.
Hockensmith represents Polk County’s 4th district, which includes North Des Moines, East Des Moines, parts of southeast Des Moines, Runnells and parts of unincorporated Polk County. He was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2002 and has served as Chair in 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, and 2004 and will serve as the Vice Chair in 2018.
“I have been honored to serve the residents of Polk County for the last 14 years and together we have accomplished some great things in our neighborhoods but our work is not finished” said Supervisor Hockensmith. “If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected I would like to continue working with you to revitalize our neighborhoods and encourage economic development that will benefit all of our working families.”
Throughout his career Hockensmith has been an advocate for working families and an avid supporter of youth athletics in East Des Moines. He has supported collective bargaining, public safety communications and led the Board of Supervisors in passing an ordinance in Polk County to raise the minimum wage. Neighborhood safety has also been a priority for Hockensmith, who led a task force to improve the safety on Court Avenue in Des Moines after a series of violent incidences. This resulted in an increased police presence on Court Avenue, improved lighting, security cameras and increased participation of business owners in safety measures.
Tom has lived and worked in Polk County for more than 40 years. He and his wife Joyce have four children and seven grandchildren. To learn more about his work in Polk County visit tomhockensmith.org.
I shared a laugh with Wayne Ford, former State Representative and longtime Director of Urban Dreams, at his retirement roast on Wednesday evening. Wayne's commitment and tireless dedication to at risk youth in this community has been invaluable. It has been a privilege to know and work with Wayne. I wish him the best in his retirement.
I had the opportunity to attend the Dedication at Fairmont Park, a place where I spent many days growing up. The newly renovated park has a new shelter, hillside slide and splashpad. The splashpad will be open summer 2018.
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I had the opportunity to provide the Welcome at the
Iowa Federation of Labor 61st Annual Convention held at Prairie Meadows. There were over 170 delegates in attendance!