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    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate.

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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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  • 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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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.

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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/


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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.