• You're Invited!

    City Manager Scott Sanders cordially invites you to attend the formal dedication and open house of the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center (1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) on Monday, October 27 from 4 - 6 p.m. There will be a short program and refreshments in the Greenwood Room, followed by the opportunity to tour the new building.

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  • Halloween Hike

    You will love this "Merry not Scary" outdoor walk on the trail at Four Mile Community Center themed Nature's Web. Then join us inside for some spider themed fun, crafts, mini golf and bounce house fun! The first hike begins at 6:30pm and the last will start at 7:20pm. Cost is $2 per person, all ages are welcome. Sign up online for your preferred hike time.

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  • Book Your Tee Time!

    Every Saturday & Sunday for the remainder of the 2014 golf season, you can play on the area’s first SoccerGolf course at Bright Grandview Golf Course from Noon – 4:00pm. Green fees are $12/person & soccer balls rent for $3 each. Carts are available for an additional fee. Contact Bright Grandview for more info & to book your tee time.

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  • State Flag Football

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the 2014 Adult State Flag Football Tournament to be held in Des Moines on November 1 & November 2. This double elimination tournament is open to any team currently playing in the State of Iowa. Each team must provide their own equipment. Cost is $160/team. Registration closes Oct. 24 at 5pm.

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  • Adult Basketball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Adult Basketball leagues for men and women. Cost is only $330/team for a 10-game schedule. Games are played at Four Mile or Pioneer Columbus Community Centers. Click the link below for more details and to sign up online. Registration ends November 16.

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Illustration of the benefits of prairie plants

Urban Environmental Education

 

Connection You with Nature in the City

 

Reconnect with nature and your family!  Restore yourself and refocus your children by getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors.  Studies have shown that children are smarter, more cooperative, happier and healthier when they have frequent and varied chances to play in the out-of-doors. That’s why the Park and Recreation Department offers educational programs for every age and every season. 
 
Next time you’re at Gray’s Lake, or many of your other city parks, keep your eyes open for new interpretive signage. These signs help visitors to the city parks view and understand natural land management strategies, as well as different aspects of park and lake ecology. In the future, you may be able to access interpretive information with your mobile phone through a podcast while on a park walking tour.
  

Of course, educational programs reach far beyond signs. Thanks to ongoing partnerships with Polk County Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources, the Park and Recreation Department continues to offer popular nature story hours, intriguing pond exploration, creepy insect investigations, informative bird programs and more.

 

Additional outdoor programs sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department also include canoe classes and trips, a camping night at Gray’s Lake, eco-art, nature-based scavenger hunts, and a “how-to” on gardening with native plants.  Visit Parks throughout the year to see what’s coming up in your neighborhood that would interest you, your friends, and your family.

 

Educational Documents

 

 Backyard Conservation and Habitat Creation

Canada Goose Habitat

Herbicide Alphabet Soup

Native Landscaping Resources

Native Species Blooming Periods

Small Urban Landscaping with Native Species