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Appreciating History

Posted January 07, 2015 in Community Featured, Des Moines West


Waterbury, one of Des Moines’ oldest neighborhoods, began development in 1906. The majority of homes were all built in the first half of the 20th century. The neighborhood is filled with a mix of architectural styles: Tudor, Colonial Revival, Prairie, Modern, and Craftsman. The combination of mature canopy, meandering streets, and historic homes make Waterbury one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Des Moines.

The current boundaries of the Waterbury neighborhood are Interstate 235 to the north, Polk Boulevard on the east, Grand Avenue on the south, and 63rd Street on the west, which includes the portion of Des Moines west of 63rd to Walnut Creek.

My family and I moved to the Waterbury Neighborhood in Des Moines in the fall of 2010. We bought our house because we found the neighborhood to be centrally located, attractive, and close to schools. At the time, we didn’t realize what an amazing neighborhood we had found!

After living here for about a year, I was approached by a neighbor about joining the Waterbury Neighborhood Association. I was hesitant at first about the time commitment WNA might require. My children were little at the time (four years and two years), and I spent most days just making sure our two year old wasn’t climbing up onto shelves or cupboards! Life has a way of working out, and I am so happy that I became part of the association, which has allowed me to actively participate in the community. I like learning about the history of Waterbury, and it has been a joy getting to know our neighbors.

The Waterbury Neighborhood Association was formed in 1995 to foster community in the vicinity and work cooperatively on issues of interest and concern to residents. This philosophy formed the Mission of WNA: to enhance the quality of life, maintain the aesthetic appearance, and promote the historical nature and significance of the Waterbury community.

Today, the neighbors of Waterbury can see their Neighborhood Association at work throughout the year. We have monthly board meetings that all neighbors are invited to attend. We offer social events to encourage neighbors to get to know one another. We communicate important information with our neighbors through e-mail updates, an annual newsletter, a website, social media, and now in this publication—Westside Living Magazine. We collaborate with our city leaders to address issues that may impact Waterbury. We work hard to maintain our beautiful landscape by maintaining our public gardens, planting trees, and offering informative lectures at our Annual Meeting.

Consider joining WNA, renewing your membership, or becoming part of the Board. We’d love to have you!!
Melissa Stalvey
Information provided by Melissa Stalvey, President of the Waterbury Neighborhood Association, .  

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