• Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

    On April 19, join us for the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride AND Run for Trails. In addition to the ride, a 5k run has been added to the day's events. Fees are: $30 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 - 17, children 4 & younger are free. Participate in both the ride and run for an additional $5.


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  • Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available Online!

    New in 2014, season pool passes are available for purchase online. Purchase yours during the month of April at a discounted early bird rate. Individual - $40, First two in family - $75, First three in family - $100, First four in family - $120, Each additional person over four in family - $5.


    Purchase Yours Today!

  • Swimming Lesson Registration Now Open!

    Online registration for swimming lessons is now available. Class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. In order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times sign up online starting today at 8:00 a.m.


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  • Kite Festival

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting Kite Fest on May 17 at Gray's Lake from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Register online by May 13. Cost is only $5. Fee includes a kite to assemble, flying instructions and hours of kite flying fun! Click the link below to sign up today!


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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Register now for the Summer Des Moines Bags League! The league will play at the Hub Spot. Teams of 2 adults (18+) compete on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks plus a tournament. League play begins June 4. Cost is $35 per team.


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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.


    Current Openings

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