• Park Closed

    Gray's Lake Park, the trail and the concession stand are closed until further notice due to flooding. Do not enter high water areas. We appreciate your patience as we wait for the waters to recede. Yoga in the Park has been moved to Union Park on July 4.

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  • Summer Music Camps

    Attention middle-school students: have a musical summer when you sign up for hip-hop camp and get a chance to perform at the Simon Estes Amphitheater!

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  • Bridge Event

    Come celebrate National Park and Recreation month with us on July 18 on the Court Avenue Bridge! Have fun playing games and winning prizes and learn more about Park & Rec activities.

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  • Pools Now Open!

    Spend your summer at the pool! All 5 Des Moines pools are now open for the season. Pools are open Mon-Sat 1:00-6:30pm, and Sun 1:00-5:00pm.

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  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding

    Take an paddle on Gray's Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how it functions and the wildlife that live there. Registration costs $5 and includes the stand-up board and gear.

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer.

    The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Saturday, June 6 through September 26.

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  • Nature Story Time

    Join us at Witmer Park for an hour of stories and nature based activities, perfect for preschool and elementary school kids. The fee is $3 for each session attended and registration is online at www.dmparks.org.

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  • Free Flicks

    Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area. Each week will be a new film and a new location. Admission is free, films start after sunset around 9:00pm.

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  • UPCYCLE

    On the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors!

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  • NEW! Ultimate Frisbee

    Register now for Des Moines' newest Ultimate Frisbee league! Sign up as an individual or team now through July 31. League play begins August 12 at Cownie Soccer Complex.

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Trail Management

Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 52 miles of paved multi-use and 15 miles of nature trails.

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Parks

Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 67 miles of trails, 7 cemeteries and numerous municipal facilities.

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Recreation for All Ages

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive, recreational, and leisure leagues for youth, men, women, and coed teams.

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