• Share your photos and win!

    Each day in July, a different "Photospot" will be featured in the park system. Participants are asked share their photos through Facebook Twitter, Instagram or Email. Make sure to use the hashtag #dmphotospot. Anyone who submits a photo will receive a prize! Click below for the calendar.

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  • Unwined

    Come relax and unwind a little at Unwined from 5:30 - 8:30pm, every Friday. Enjoy free samples from Jasper Winery and Madhouse Brewing Co. There will also be food for purchase and live music. All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event. New in 2014 Unwined will be held at Gray's Lake AND the Hub Spot (215 Water St.)

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  • 20 Free Things to do in Des Moines this Summer

    Looking to have some fun in Des Moines this summer without spending too much money? Check out the complete list that Des Moines Parks and Recreation has put together by clicking the link below.

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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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  • 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. League Play will begin September 3. Register your team by August 8.

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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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  • Free Flicks

    Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area from June 5 through September4. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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.

 

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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.