• Bricks 4 Kidz May Session

    Are you ready for some extraordinary fun? Join our Bricks 4 Kidz® Building Series! During each class, participants will build a LEGO® model using Bricks 4 Kidz® unique project kits and model plans.

    Register now through April 30.

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  • Aquatics Registration Now Open

    Now through April 30, purchase season pool passes at a discounted price. Swim lesson, lifeguard training and water safety instructor registration are also available online.

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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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  • Summer Tennis Lessons

    Registration for summer tennis ends May 24.

    This summer’s programs include:

    Quickstart 1 for ages of 5-7, Quickstart 2 for ages 8-10

    Youth tennis for ages 11-18 and adult tennis.

    Sessions begin in early June.

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Registration for summer bag leagues is now open. Teams play beginning June 10 at the Hub Spot on Wednesday or Thursday nights. Visit www.dmparks.org to register your team today!

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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. Maximize your stress relief by practicing yoga on the southeast lawn.

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

    Check our website for updated instructor lists throughout the summer.

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    Yoga Series

  • 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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Picture of aquatic center water umbrella with children playing

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.