• New Address

    Our administration, maintenance and field staff are now 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.


    New Address Map

  • 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.


    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.


    More Info & Registration

  • 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.


    More Info

  • 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.


    More Info

  • 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.


    More Info & Registration

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Resource Enhancement and Protection - Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) Grant


The City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has been awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) grant to create rain garden toolkits that will help homeowners, businesses, parks, and other groups get started on creating their own rain gardens.


The goals of the project are as follows:


To educate Iowans working with school grounds, businesses, city parks, and private residences about the benefits of rain gardens


To inform Iowans of the resources available for the installation of rain gardens at businesses, school grounds, city parks, and private residences


To increase the number of rain gardens planted at businesses, school grounds, city parks, and private residences throughout the state of Iowa


To reduce nonpoint source pollution of Iowa's waterways


To build partnerships between organizations in the Greater Des Moines area that deal with water and water quality


We are currently in the process of designing the toolkits and creating educational materials, and they will be made available to the public as soon as they are completed.  For more general information and other resources on rain gardens click here.