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Be a part of our expansion initiative to MAKE ROOM for the future of our Valley family!

Valley Community Center has welcomed thousands of guests and continues to work toward serving and cultivating relationships with the community.

We seek to create good will in the community through good works and partnership, to reach diverse groups, and ultimately to impact as many as possible in the Des Moines area. The 29,000-square-foot facility on a 35-acre campus allows us to accommodate a number of activities and programs for kids and adults of all ages.

A hub for partnerships doing good for the community, with the community.

These partnerships encourage community betterment throughout greater Des Moines in these four areas:


Promoting volunteerism as a way of life.


Building healthy families and friendships.


Meeting needs of the unserved and underserved.


Equipping people to grow strong in body, mind, and spirit.

A Look Inside

Maplenol Café

Maplenol Café accommodates up to 150 people and features a large stone fireplace and free Wi-Fi. Various hot and cold drinks are available, as well as several daily soup selections. The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 9am–3pm.

The Hideaway

The Hideaway area provides a casual meeting space for up to 15 people with large couches and several flat screen TVs, which can be used for DVD viewing or laptop presentations.

Conference Room

A private conference room is available adjacent to the Maplenol Café. Seating for up to 35 is provided in either theater or conference style.

Play Area

The Play Area is a glass-enclosed children’s play area near the cafe. This space provides fun and engaging equipment for kids from toddlers to age 7, as well as seating for adults. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am–4pm. Adults can sit outside the play area and have a coffee with friends and watch their children play.

Event Hall

The Event Hall is a 15,000 square-foot area with several venue options. It can be a carpeted venue for large groups of up to 1,200 arranged in either theater or banquet seating, or a maple-floored gym space with two regulation-sized basketball courts or up to four volleyball courts.


The Valley Community Center Inclusive Playground, “Eric’s Place” was designed with children of all ages and abilities in mind. It offers a swing and merry-go-round that children in a wheelchair can enjoy to the fullest. The play equipment has a double wide ramp, which allows room for children to run and play, and several types of slides.

Outdoor Course

The challenging 2+ mile cyclocross course is a fun place to bike or to enjoy a unique walking experience.

Global Greens Farm

Global Greens Farm is a 6.5 acre training farm for refugees who were formerly farmers. Through this partnership with LSI, hundreds of refugees have gained access to land, learned about U.S. agriculture, and started their own businesses.

Community Center Staff

Lisa Lewis

Associate Director of Community Bridges

Dan Eaton

Community Bridges Program Coordinator

Brooke Den Hartog

Health and Wellness Coordinator

Elizabeth Griffin

Cafe and Community Bridges Associate




4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA  50265


Open to the Public: Monday–Friday • 8am–4pm
Cafe Service: Monday–Friday • 9am–3pm
Play Area: Monday–Friday • 8:30am–4pm

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