Home Welcome to the Drake Neighborhood, one of the oldest, largest, and most diverse neighborhoods in Des Moines, Iowa. We would love to have you join our all-volunteer association and sign up to volunteer. Please read more about us and our history here. And click here to become a member! Homes with history and character abound in the Drake Neighborhood. Mature trees and beautiful boulevards are neighborhood hallmarks. Front porches make great spots to meet and mingle with neighbors. Neighbors come together to plant trees and beautify our streets. Drake University bulldog sculptures dot the campus and the neighborhood. Farmers markets bring neighbors and growers together each summer. Our “accordion-friendly neighborhood” is home to many artists and musicians. Drake is also an excellent place to garden. Our two parks, Witmer and Drake, provide beautiful places to gather and play.