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    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run/walk starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers many different seasonal employment opportunities in three divisions: Aquatics, Parks/Buildings and Recreation. To view all current openings please click the link below.

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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Performing Arts Kids Club

    The inaugural Performing Arts Kids Club will be held Mondays at Pioneer Columbus Community Center (2100 SE 5th street) from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, April 6 through May 4. The program ends with a student performance Friday, May 8, 5:30 pm and families are encouraged to attend. Registration is open through April 3 for this 5-week program, designed for kids in grades 4 - 6 and the cost is $19.

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  • GPS Egg Hunts

    You get 2 chances to try the same fun with a fun modern twist – GPS Egg Hunts! Each registered participant will use a handheld GPS unit that has been pre-programmed with prize locations within the park. After an introduction and instructions, the hunt will begin. For each correct location, participants will select a small prize to take home. More than one person may walk along on the search but only registered participants are allowed to pick up the prizes.

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  • Annual Report

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to provide residents with “2014 Report to the Community.” This report provides a high level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments over the past year.

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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