• STAR Party

    The Perseids meteor shower has been visible for more than 2,000 years. This year the Moon will be in the way and lower the viewing ability, so instead we are going to focus on the Moon and still try to see the showers. The action in the sky doesn't start until later so join us at 6:00pm for tons of fun activities.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Youth Flag Football Registration

    Register your child for Youth Flag Football. Two age groups are offered, children grades 1-2 and grades 3-4. Cost is $50 per child or $500 per team, which includes a game jersey to keep as well as all other equipment provided. For more information click the link below.

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  • Adult Fall Kickball Registration

    Enjoy healthy recreation and get a 'kick' from revisiting a long time favorite game from your past in our Adult Kickball League. Register your team online by August 10. Cost is $190 per team (5 men/5 women, ages 18+). League play will begin September 3. For more information click the link below.

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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 Fall Softball Registration

    Register now for men's and coed slow-pitch adult (ages 18+) fall softball leagues. Teams of 15 participants will play a 7-game schedule starting September 2 at various Des Moines locations. Cost is $190 per team.

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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 18

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Grandview wading poolTraditional Wading Pool Program

 

The City of Des Moines wading pools are located throughout the City and offer supervised water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. It is a great opportunity for children to meet other children, have fun, and build water confidence. Parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

 

Traditional Wading Pool Rentals

 

Traditional wading pools may be rented from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the regular wading pool season. Fees are $25 per hour with a 3-hour minimum at the following traditional wading pools: Ashfield (3200 - 38th St), Bates (330 Clark St), Burke (601 E University), Chesterfield (2719 Scott Ave) Drake (2300 Drake Park Ave), Grandview (2410 E 33rd St), Greenwood (4500 Grand Ave), Jordan (600 East Wall Ave), Sayers (1300 Linden Lane), Sheridan (4000 Hull Aven), Stone (2100 SE 5th St) and Tower (4900 Hickman Rd). For reservations, please call (515) 237-1386 or search for availability online.

  

Water Play Season for Traditional Wading Pools, Splash Pads and Water Features within Des Moines Parks

 

There are currently twelve traditional wading pools, four splash pads and five water features operating in parks across the City of Des Moines.  Our water play season opens the first full week in June, on Monday, and closes in mid-August of each year.  The days and hours of operation vary by facility. 

 

Facility Locations and Hours of Operation