• New Address

    Starting the week of August 25, our administration, maintenance and field staff will be housed in the new Municipal Service Center, located at 1551 E Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. All phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Shelter reservation and program registration will remain available online.

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  • Gray's Lake Access Information

    Preperations for this year's Hy-Vee Triathlon (Aug.30-Aug.31) will affect access to Gray's Lake Park starting Aug. 24. The park, trail and concession stand will remain open. No boat rentals will be allowed during the events. Click the link below to view the schedule of areas impacted.

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    Map of Affected Areas

  • DMBL Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers a Fall Bags League for adults ages 18 and older. Cost is $35 per two person team. Games will be played at The Hub Spot (215 Water St.) on Wednesday nights for six weeks. Register your team by September 2.

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  • Doggie Dive

    This is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.

    Cost is $4 per dog. Regular admission fees apply for all dog owners and family members.

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  • Yoga at the Plaza

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (Brenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

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  • Adult Flag Football Registration

    Register now for Adult (ages 18+) Flag Football leagues. Cost is $200 per team (15 participants) for a 7-game schedule starting September 2, 2014. Games are played Chesterfield Park (E. 26th and Scott).

    Sign up by August 22

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  • Co-Ed Indoor Pee Wee Soccer Registration

    Sign up your child for Co-Ed Indoor Pee Wee Soccer now through September 2. Two age divisions are offered, 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds. Cost is only $40 per child for this six week program. Click the link below for more details and to sign up online.

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Image of a pool contour filled with waterSwimming Pools and Aquatic Centers

 

This season all pools will open Thursday, June 6.  Northwest will open early for Memorial Day weekend (May 25, 26, 27), close and then reopen on June 6.  Ashworth, Birdland, Nahas, and Northwest will close on August 18.  Teachout Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 19, 20, 21 and weekends through Labor Day, September 2.   

 

Aquatic Center Admission Fees

Aquatic Center Hours of Operation 

2013 Aquatics Brochure 

 

Swimming Lessons, Aquatic Programs & Events

We offer 3 sessions for Levels 1-5 each summer. Each session consists of eight 35 minute lessons held Monday-Thursday for two weeks.  Online registration begins May 10 at 8:00 a.m.

 

Create your online account here

2013 Aquatics Brochure

 

 

  

    Minimum age: 5 years old                            Course Fee: $30.00 

 
Season Swim Passes

 

Season swim tags will go on sale April 1, 2013 at the Des Moines Park and Recreation Admin. Office, 3226 University Avenue.  During the month of April you can purchase your season tags at the Early-Bird rates. Season swim tags can be purchased at the Park and Recreation Office throughout the summer season and also at the pools and aquatic centers when they open to the public.  Click HERE for pool pass fees.

 

Private Party Rentals

 

The fee for private reservations is $110 per hour and includes admission for 50 people. After 50 people, add $1.00 per person. You can reserve your party after April 1 and prior to the opening date of the swim season by calling (515) 237-1386 (press 1). After the pools open for the season, contact the pool manager at the facility to reserve your private party.