• Father Daughter Dance Ticket Information

    Tickets for the annual Father Daughter Dance will be available for purchase online January 5. The dance will be held on February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Click below for more info or to volunteer.

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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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  • Snow Shoe through the Sculptures

    There are two "Snow Shoeing in the Sculpture Park" events scheduled, guided by Jill Featherstone, Des Moines Art Center Director of Education. Register online for January 12 and/or February 6. If there is no snow a regular walk will be held. Visit www.dmparks.org to sign up.

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  • Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike

    Take a walk through Grandview Park on a set of snowshoes and view the Snow Moon on a winter evening. Registration includes snowshoe rental. Dress for the weather. If there no snow, there will still be a walking hike. Click below to sign up.

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  • Afterschool Enrichment Series

    This four part series for kids in grades K-3, will be held Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 at the Jay Spence Shelter House. Each week will feature a different activity: Winter Birds, Snowshoeing, Hibernation and Tracks. Each session is $5. Click below to register online.

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  • Pee Wee Indoor Wiffle Ball Season Starts Soon

    Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

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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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  • Bald Eagle Day

    We are teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource and Fellowship Baptist Church to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge. Activities include viewing eagles using the SE 6th Street Bridge and viewing a replica nest, presentations from local experts inside the church.

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  • Owls in the City

    We will discuss the different kinds of owls that call Des Moines home, meet a live owl and learn how to hoot like a Barred Owl. After the indoor program, put on hats and gloves, take a short walk in the park and search for live wild owls.

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A. H. BLANK GOLF COURSE


Golf Bench Purchase Program

A. H. Blank Golf Course


SW 9th & County Line Road
Des Moines, Iowa  50315
(515) 248-6300

www.golfblank.com/


Layout and Yardage 
Located at 711 County Line Road, Blank has some of the most unique features in Central Iowa.  Blank first opened in 1971 as a nine hole golf course and expanded to 18 holes in 1985.  Only one of the original nine holes still remains, but it has been improved with a beautiful pond and sand traps.  The total yardage is listed at 6700 yards, but depending on the tee placement, it can play somewhat longer.  Annually there are over 40,000 rounds of golf played at Blank.


The course offers a formidable challenge, especially on the front nine.  A lot of water and sand traps come in to play, adding to the course's difficulty.  There are 30 sand traps and 10 water holes.  The sand traps affect 14 holes with the 8th hole considered to be the most difficult.  On the 8th hole, a pond lies to the left side of the fairway with trees on the right, which requires accurate shots just to make par.  Hills play big factors on holes 11 and 12 where zoo animals often hang their heads over the fence.


Blank has implemented a "no mow" rule for much of their rough where stray shots may get lost in the high grass.  The fairways are USGA approved ranging between 25 and 35 yards in width.  The greens are always in excellent condition.  Blank has been adding trees over the course of the decade, making it a more interesting course to play.  There are plans to add 40 trees per year for the next five years. 


The Chiodo family has been running this course for many years, and there are currently three professionals on staff to aid in the USGA approved teaching station.  Blank features a full practice range and pro shop with a complete line of golf equipment.  The clubhouse provides a snack bar and banquet room that holds up to 200 people.  The banquet facility can be rented out for parties and meetings and offers a full menu to choose from.  Please call the pro shop at (515) 285-0864 for more information regarding banquets.