• 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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Rooftop view of Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater with river and skyline in backgroundSimon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater

 

The Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater is located downtown just south of City Hall at East First between Locust and Walnut.  This beautiful location has been used for fun runs and walks, bike rides, political campaigns, concerts, class reunions, and weddings.  It is the perfect place for any outdoor activity!

 

Free Public Event - $500 per four (4) hour session, plus $100 for each additional hour over four

 

Fee Based Event - $750 per four (4) hour session, plus $175 for each additional hour over four and 14% of gross revenue from vending

 

Weddings or Private Parties - $500 per four (4) hour session, plus $100 per hour for each additional hour over four

 Click here to rent Simon Estes online.

 

Image of the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden in Greenwood ParkGreenwood Park Rose Garden

 

The historic garden has been a favorite spot for gardeners, strollers, and wedding parties since the 1930's.  It is an "All American Rose Selection Public Display Garden", one of 132 such garden in the United States.  You can find the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden at Greenwood Park at 4800 Grand Avenue.  It is located directly behind the Des Moines Art Center.  Rental rates for the rose garden are $150 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.

Click here to rent the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden online.

 

 

Gray's Lake Overlook Terrace with yellow lilies in the foregroundGray's Lake Overlook Terrace

 

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 (6) hour time blocks (per half day) 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 a map of Gray's Lake here. For Gray's Lake watercraft rental information click here.

Click here to rent the Gray's Lake Overlook Terrace online.

 

Sylvan Theater
 

Sylvan Theater is one of about 15 "local historic landmarks" within the City of Des Mines.  It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is a great place to have any type of event.  Rental rates for the Sylvan Theater are $150 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.

Click here to rent Sylvan Theater online.