• On Sale Now!

    Starting December 2, 28-inch, live wreaths will be available for purchase at Glendale Cemetery. Each wreath costs $25 with additional options including a stand and/or red bow for an extra $5 each. You can purchase your wreath in advance, now, with a credit card by calling 248-6320 for pick-up at the Glendale office on or after December 2.


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  • Adult Indoor Wiffleball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Adult Indoor Wiffleball for you & your friends. Teams may be composed of all men, all women or co-ed. League play will begin Jan. 4 & games will be played at Pioneer Columbus Community Center. Cost is $60/team, which includes an 8-week schedule & an end-of-season tournament.


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  • Sign Up Now!

    Sign up today for the 22nd annual 12" slow-pitch softball tournament! It is a double elimination tournament until the championship game for both coed and men's divisions. Games will be played at several City of Des Moines softball fields. Cost is $105/team. The coed tournament will be held January 24-25 and the men's tournament will be January 31-February 1.

    Entries are limited. Sign up online by January 18.


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  • Pee Wee Bball Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of basketball in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent coach and will play against a different team one night per week for six weeks. All equipment, including a personal team shirt will be provided. Cost is $40/child. League play begins January 20.


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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.