• Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

    On April 19, join us for the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride AND Run for Trails. In addition to the ride, a 5k run has been added to the day's events. Fees are: $30 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 - 17, children 4 & younger are free. Participate in both the ride and run for an additional $5.

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  • Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available Online!

    New in 2014, season pool passes are available for purchase online. Purchase yours during the month of April at a discounted early bird rate. Individual - $40, First two in family - $75, First three in family - $100, First four in family - $120, Each additional person over four in family - $5.

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  • Swimming Lesson Registration Now Open!

    Online registration for swimming lessons is now available. Class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. In order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times sign up online starting today at 8:00 a.m.

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  • Kite Festival

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting Kite Fest on May 17 at Gray's Lake from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Register online by May 13. Cost is only $5. Fee includes a kite to assemble, flying instructions and hours of kite flying fun! Click the link below to sign up today!

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Register now for the Summer Des Moines Bags League! The league will play at the Hub Spot. Teams of 2 adults (18+) compete on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks plus a tournament. League play begins June 4. Cost is $35 per team.

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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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Up with Down Walk at Gray's Lake Park as walkers begin to cross the pedestrian bridgeShelter Rentals

 

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Why not plan your next event at one of 72 beautiful parks?  The Des Moines' park system has 45 open-air and enclosed shelters that provide great locations for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers, and school outings.  All seven of the enclosed and 30 of the open-air shelters are available to reserve in advance for your private event. Our traditional wading pools are also available for events at the rate of $25/hour, with a 3-hour minimum.

 

Most open-air shelters rent for $30 for the entire day during the regular park season, with exception of Pioneer West and Pete Crivaro Large which offer two rental sessions daily; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $60 per session, double fees on holidays.

  

Enclosed park shelters at Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union may be rented from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer, and Union enclosed shelters rent for $80 per day, Monday - Thursday and $100 per day Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays only during the regular park season.  Year around rentals are available at Birdland, Grandview and ML King Enclosed Shelters.  Birdland enclosed shelter rents for $200 per day, Monday - Thursday, and $240 per day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Grandview enclosed shelter rents for $160 per day, Monday - Thursday, and $200 per day, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Martin L. King enclosed shelter is available to rent, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, from 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Monday - Friday and from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day for a 2-hour minimum rental fee of $70 with additional hours for $20 each, double fees on holidays.

 

Seating capacity varies from 12 to 150, depending on the shelter. For other park amenities please see our complete list of parks and click on the park you are interested in.

 

Most of the Des Moines Wading Pools are available for weekend events at a rate of $25 per hour, with a three (3) hour minimum.

 

Plan your next event at Gray's Lake Park.  The Overlook Terrace is a great place to have an event.  The Overlook Terrace is made up of seven sections with shade structures over sections 1-3 at the east end.  A three hour time block for five sections of terrace (Sections 1-5) can be reserved for $200 with additional hours available for $67 each.  Rentals of the designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available in six hour time blocks for $250. 

 

Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee. 

 

 View photos of the insides of the following enclosed shelters:
Ding Darling       Grandview       Greenwood       MacRae       Pioneer       Union East       Union West