• Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!

    The Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run on October 18 will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 6 for just $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).

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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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  • 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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  • Taekwondo Special

    Join Taekwondo for just $1 during the month of September.

    At Pioneer Columbus Community Center take Taekwondo - Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 7 years and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Pee Wee 4-6 years old. Cost is $50, new joining fee $1 for the month of September. For more information call 248-6316.

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Children at King weeding community garden of annual flowersFlowering Annuals Available for Community Groups

  

Each year the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department’s greenhouse grows over 250,000 flowering annuals to distribute to community groups to beautify public spaces such as right-of-ways, medians, street corners, parkways, and land owned by non-profits including schools within the city limits of Des Moines. Plants ordered by October 19 will be scheduled for pick-up Friday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the City’s greenhouses located at 2501 Maury Street.

 

Individuals or groups interested in beautifying public spaces should contact their neighborhood association to place an order. To find out what neighborhood association a resident belongs to, use our online tool "Show Me My House", enter your address and select from the list of valid addresses. Look in the Neighborhood section to see if a neighborhood is listed for your area.  To find out more about your neighborhood visit the ”Des Moines Neighborhoods" page and select your named neighborhood.  If your neighborhood association doesn't participate in this program, please contact Park staff. 

 
For more information E-mail Us or call (515) 248-6384.
 

Flower Beds on City Property

 

All new and existing flower beds on city property such as medians, parkland,  vacant lots and street corners must be approved by the Park Department manager for that area of town.   Our Parks staff is there to assist you in designing your garden beds and may be able to assist with bed preparation for larger plots.  Any flower bed planted on land not owned or maintained by the City of Des Moines such as schools or community centers need not contact park staff.