• 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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    Map of Affected Areas

  • 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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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. A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged with a  60 day notice.

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.