Our Grounds

If you’ve visited us on the corner of 42nd & Ashworth in West Des Moines, you’ve surely noticed our beautiful grounds. We have a spacious gazebo, a praise garden complete with fire pit, and a carefully planned and long tended arboretum. Our parking lot frequently hosts kids learning to ride their bikes, groups playing basketball, and folks stopping by to play Pokemon Go! You’ll find a couple of “little libraries,” an angel, and more.

Whether or not you’ve ever attended worship with us, you are more than welcome to enjoy our grounds. Take some time to wander through our trees, or bring a picnic to share with a friend. Pick up our GreenSpace flyer from the literature boxes you’ll find north and south of the gazebo. Updated once a month, you’ll find activity suggestions and info on upcoming events.

You can reach our greenspace and gazebo by the steps up from the parking lot on the north and from Ashworth Road on the south. For handicap accessibility, park near our carport on the east side of the building, and follow the sidewalk around the building, back to the gazebo area.

A diagram of the arboretum, dreamed and laid out by former member Richard Hoskins.
Watch our Events page for activities happening in our gazebo or elsewhere in our GreenSpace. We are sometimes able to reserve part of our space for private groups. Contact us to explore times and details.

Valley United Methodist Church 4201 Ashworth Road West Des Moines, Iowa 50265



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