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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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  • 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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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 - $550 per four (4) hour session, plus $100 for each additional hour over four.

 

Fee Based Event - $800 per four (4) hour session, plus $175 for each additional hour over four and 14% of gross revenue from vending.

 

Weddings or Private Parties - $550 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

 

This 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 gardens in the United States.  You can find the Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden in 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 minimum 3-hour time block for 5 sections of terrace (Sections 1-5) can be reserved for $200 with additional hours for $67 each. Rentals of the designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available in 6-hour minimum 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 Moines.  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.