Quality of Life

Waukee is a community in every sense of the word.  Given its affordable housing, extraordinary schools, and exceptional community involvement, it’s no surprise that Waukee is consistently ranked a “Best Place to Live.” Frequent community events, such as the annual Celebrate Waukee festival and the annual BACooN Ride, draw hundreds of residents and visitors. Our highly active Parks and Recreation Department, Public Library, Police and Fire Departments, schools, and Downtown Business group, work together to ensure the community is never without something to do.

Shopping and Dining
In 2014, the City of Waukee unveiled a comprehensive and strategic plan to realize a vision decades in the making. Waukee’s 1,500 acre Kettlestone development aims to create a new town center of shopping, dining, housing, and entertainment.
Complementing an already vibrant business community, Kettlestone aspires to accommodate a rapidly growing community. 
Pond Alleyway
Outdoor Recreation and Sports
Waukee is home to magnificent parks and greenways, and the 25 acres of greenway along with 10+ miles of trails planned for Waukee’s new 1,500 acre development, Kettlestone, underline the city’s commitment to preserve our environment and our health. Whether biking along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, visiting the new Waukee Family YMCA, or participating in one of Parks and Recreation’s many planned activities, outdoor enthusiasts will find that Waukee is a breath of fresh air. 

Blank Children's Hospital
The Iowa Clinic

The Des Moines Metro Area is home to five major healthcare systems.

Broadlawns Medical Center
1801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 282-2200

Iowa Clinic
5950 University Ave, Suite 321
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
(515) 875-9100

Mercy Medical Center*
1111 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 247-3121

UnityPoint Health - Des Moines*
Methodist, Lutheran, Blank Children’s Hospitals
1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 241-6212

V.A. Central Iowa Health Care System
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 699-5999

*Clinic located in Waukee