• 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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  • 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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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.