• STAR Party

    The Perseids meteor shower has been visible for more than 2,000 years. This year the Moon will be in the way and lower the viewing ability, so instead we are going to focus on the Moon and still try to see the showers. The action in the sky doesn't start until later so join us at 6:00pm for tons of fun activities.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Youth Flag Football Registration

    Register your child for Youth Flag Football. Two age groups are offered, children grades 1-2 and grades 3-4. Cost is $50 per child or $500 per team, which includes a game jersey to keep as well as all other equipment provided. For more information click the link below.

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  • Adult Fall Kickball Registration

    Enjoy healthy recreation and get a 'kick' from revisiting a long time favorite game from your past in our Adult Kickball League. Register your team online by August 10. Cost is $190 per team (5 men/5 women, ages 18+). League play will begin September 3. For more information click the link below.

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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 Fall Softball Registration

    Register now for men's and coed slow-pitch adult (ages 18+) fall softball leagues. Teams of 15 participants will play a 7-game schedule starting September 2 at various Des Moines locations. Cost is $190 per team.

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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 18

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An aerial view of the Greater Des Moines Softball ComplexGreater Des Moines Softball Complex

 

The Des Moines Park and Recreation Softball Complex is located at 4980 NE 46th Street.  it opened July 1, 2004, and is home to Des Moines Park and Recreation Softball Leagues for Men's Fast-pitch, Men's Slow-pitch and Coed Slow-pitch teams as well as High School Girls' Spring Leagues.  In addition, many District and National Tournaments have enjoyed great success while enjoying state-of-the-art amenities at this beautiful complex such as: four lighted fields, individual public announcement systems, four scoreboards, irrigation system for all fields, press box, full concessions, clean restrooms, concrete walkways, paved parking for 250 vehicles, landscaped grounds, and more.  For more information on Des Moines park and Recreation League Sports or rental of the Des Moines Park and Recreation Softball Complex, please email us or call (515) 237-1386.

 

Aerial image of the James W. Cownie Baseball ParkJames W. Cownie Baseball Park

 

James Cownie Baseball Park is an eight-field baseball complex located in Des Moines.  Cownie Baseball Park located at 2501 SE 22nd Street hosts a Little League season, USSSA tournaments and a wide variety of other baseball events.  In all, Cownie Baseball holds over 1700 events per year.   For more information on rental of this facility please email us or call (515) 237-1386.

 

Aerial view of the James W. Cownie Soccer ComplexJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex

 

The Cownie Soccer Complex located at 2600 East Hartford opened in the Spring of 1998.  Over 85,000 participants have utilized the park since its inception with many more to come.  The soccer park has much to offer including: field lighting of 30 to 50-foot-candles, split face block bleachers with seating to accommodate 2,000 spectators including 300 individual seats in filed # 9 and 750 spectators in field # 6, press box with video platform, scoreboard, fencing with admission gates, family seating area behind south goal, MidAmerican Energy Stadium and "Play It Safe Plaza", enhanced entrance to concession with asphalt stamped 70" diameter soccer balls and landscaping, and much more. The USYSA National Championships were held in this beautiful soccer complex in the summer of 2006.   For more information on rental of the complex please email us or call (515) 237-1386.