• 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.


    Purchase Yours Today!

  • 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.


    More Info & Registration

  • 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!


    Sign Up Now!

  • 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.


    Register Now!

  • 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.


    Current Openings

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.