• 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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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.