• 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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Volunteers helping with the perennial divide which takes place in the spring and fall.Annual Spring Perennial Divide
Over the last 14 years the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has accepted plant donations from the public to help area groups plant community gardens.   In 2011 over 500 plants were received from donations, which were planted by groups such as Orchard Place, Des Moines Public Libraries and Central Iowa Shelter and Services.

Renew your garden and help beautify Des Moines public land by donating perennial plant material. Residents who are donating plant material are asked to label their plants and identify its sun requirements, height, and color of flower. No donation is too small. We welcome plants of all kinds including perennials, bulbs, groundcovers, herbs, vegetables, annual seedlings, ornamental grasses, shrubs, seeds and house plants. Donations will be accepted at the City greenhouse starting Friday, May 16 and ending at noon Saturday, May 17.  Non profit groups that have been confirmed to receive donations can pick up plants on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

  

The general public is asked to bring plant donations to:

Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 Maury

Friday, May 16        8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 17  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 
If you are a group that is interested in receiving plant material or any additional information on the Neighborhood Flower Program or the Perennial Divide, please contact Julie Hempel, Parks Maintenance Manager, Des Moines Park and Recreation Department at 515/248-6384 or flowers@dmgov.org