• New Address

    Starting the week of August 25, our administration, maintenance and field staff will be 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Adult Flag Football Registration

    Register now for Adult (ages 18+) Flag Football leagues. Cost is $200 per team (15 participants) for a 7-game schedule starting September 2, 2014. Games are played Chesterfield Park (E. 26th and Scott).

    Sign up by August 22

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  • 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.

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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