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    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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  • Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

    On Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. Register your team today and become one of the 1,200 volunteers at more than 40 project locations. Registration ends March 27!

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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate.

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  • Imagination Playschool

    Every Wednesday and Friday bring your kids to participate in Imagination Playschool. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun! Participants can play with the imagination playground equipment, big wheels, kitchen play station, climbing wall & more! Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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  • Banana Splits Gymnastics

    Banana Splits is for children ages 3 and older. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Kids can play with a balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment & more. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun!

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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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  • Lifeguard

    For those 15 and up, this three day class will train participants in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Class will be held at Lincoln High School 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.

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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, located at 4980 NE 46th Street, 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.  In addition, many District and National Tournaments have enjoyed great success at this beautiful complex while enjoying state-of-the-art amenities 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 W. Cownie Baseball Park is an eight-field baseball complex located at 2501 SE 22nd Street.  It hosts a full Little League season, USSSA tournaments and a wide variety of other baseball events.  In all, over 1700 events are held there 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 James W. 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 field # 9 and 750 spectators in field # 6, press box with video platform, scoreboard, fencing with admission gates, family seating area behind south goal, Mid-American Energy Stadium and "Play It Safe Plaza", enhanced entrance to concession with asphalt stamped 70" diameter soccer balls, 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.