• Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!

    The Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run on October 18 will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 6 for just $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).

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  • Youth Basketball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce our new Youth Basketball League, sponsored by Scheels and developed in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools. Separate leagues are available for boys & girls, each offering divisions 1st - 7th grades. Cost is $450/team or $50/child. Registration ends Oct. 10.

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  • Book Your Tee Time!

    Every Saturday & Sunday for the remainder of the 2014 golf season, you can play on the area’s first SoccerGolf course at Bright Grandview Golf Course from Noon – 4:00pm. Green fees are $12/person & soccer balls rent for $3 each. Carts are available for an additional fee. Contact Bright Grandview for more info & to book your tee time.

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  • Bags Fall Tournament Main Window

    Bags isn't just for tailgating anymore! Sign up for the Des Moines Bags League Fall Tournament before October 10. Cost is only $10 per team of two adults (ages 18+). Tournament will be held at Bright Grandview Golf Course (inside or outside clubhouse) on November 8.

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  • Monarch Tagging

    Join us and learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration. We'll catch some in our nets, tag and release them. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

    9/22 - Franklin Community Garden, 9:00am

    9/25 - Sargent Park Natural Playscape, 3:30pm

    9/27 - Ewing Park, 1:00pm

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Yoga in the Park, presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back again . We invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake. The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 7 through September 27.

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  • Taekwondo Special

    Join Taekwondo for just $1 during the month of September.

    At Pioneer Columbus Community Center take Taekwondo - Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm, ages 7 years and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Pee Wee 4-6 years old. Cost is $50 monthly, $1 for the month of September. For more information call 248-6316.

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  • Sheridan Park Event

    Join us Friday, September 19 at 12 p.m. to celebrate updated amenities at Sheridan Park such as a new trail, new basketball court and resurfaced tennis courts.

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  • Take a Walk in the Park

    In conjunction with the Healthiest State Initiative, we invite residents to take a "Walk in the Park" on October 8, starting at 6:00am at Gray's Lake. Participate in the 4th annual Healthiest State Walk. Click the link below to join.

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Up with Down Walk at Gray's Lake Park as walkers begin to cross the pedestrian bridgeShelter Rentals

 

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Why not plan your next event at one of 72 beautiful parks?  The Des Moines' park system has 45 open-air and enclosed shelters that provide great locations for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers, and school outings.  All seven of the enclosed and 30 of the open-air shelters are available to reserve in advance for your private event. Our traditional wading pools are also available for events at the rate of $25/hour, with a 3-hour minimum.

 

Most open-air shelters rent for $30 for the entire day during the regular park season, with exception of Pioneer West and Pete Crivaro Large which offer two rental sessions daily; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $60 per session, double fees on holidays.

  

Enclosed park shelters at Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union may be rented from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer, and Union enclosed shelters rent for $80 per day, Monday - Thursday and $100 per day Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays only during the regular park season.  Year around rentals are available at Birdland, Grandview and ML King Enclosed Shelters.  Birdland enclosed shelter rents for $200 per day, Monday - Thursday, and $240 per day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Grandview enclosed shelter rents for $160 per day, Monday - Thursday, and $200 per day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Martin L. King enclosed shelter is available to rent, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, from 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Monday - Friday and from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day for a 2-hour minimum rental fee of $70 with additional hours for $20 each, double fees on holidays.

 

Seating capacity varies from 12 to 150, depending on the shelter. For other park amenities please see our complete list of parks and click on the park you are interested in.

 

Most of the Des Moines Wading Pools are available for weekend events at a rate of $25 per hour, with a three (3) hour minimum.

 

Plan your next event at Gray's Lake Park.  The Overlook Terrace is a great place to have an event.  The Overlook Terrace is made up of seven sections with shade structures over sections 1-3 at the east end.  A three hour time block for five sections of terrace (Sections 1-5) can be reserved for $200 with additional hours available for $67 each.  Rentals of the designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available in six hour time blocks for $250. 

 

Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee. 

 

 View photos of the insides of the following enclosed shelters:
Ding Darling       Grandview       Greenwood       MacRae       Pioneer       Union East       Union West