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Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
09/27/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes Moines Parks and Recreation, along with
Fleet Feet Sports, is introducing a new series for runners of all levels to explore the 18 miles of nature trails in our park system. Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., starting August 30, participants are invited to join the three or six-mile guided runs at the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/30/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Rachel Jensen.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
Instructor ListGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
10/02/2017 08:00 AMFall Bookwalk - Gray's Lake ParkCelebrate your love of reading this fall with our Bookwalk, brought to you by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Des Moines Public Library. You don't have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while you enjoy a different book each month at one of these parks!

OCTOBER:
Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive

NOVEMBER:
Waveland Trail near the Franklin Library/Glendale Cemetery
 Gray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
10/04/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes Moines Parks and Recreation, along with
Fleet Feet Sports, is introducing a new series for runners of all levels to explore the 18 miles of nature trails in our park system. Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., starting August 30, participants are invited to join the three or six-mile guided runs at the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
10/07/2017 09:00 AMFlag Retirement CeremonyThe ceremony will be led by Mike Rowley and the General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa.

Due to the nature of the event, the public may watch from a designated area for their own safety.

Flags for Retirement:
American flags that are faded, torn or need to be retired can be dropped off at the Glendale Cemetery office from September 18 to October 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday.
 Glendale Cemetery - 4909 University
10/17/2017 06:30 PMRain Barrel WorkshopParticipants will briefly learn about what they can do to manage storm water on their property and then build their very own rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. Make sure you are able to transport your new 55 gallon rain barrel home. Registration for the Rain Barrel Workshop is $50 and registration is required. Register HereGrandview Park Enclosed Shelter
10/21/2017 09:00 AMSuperhero 5k and Kids Fun RunThe Superhero 5K and Kids Fun Run will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite action hero or princess costume. Finishers receive a custom superhero medal. Special guests will once again be the Iowa League of Heroes.

Race Registration Fees:
• Superhero 5K (All Ages): $25
• Day of Registration Superhero 5K (All Ages): $30
• Kids Fun Run (Ages 3-12): $10

Times
• 5K Start - 9:00 a.m.
• Kids Fun Run Start - 10:00 a.m.

Kids Fun Run Distances
• Ages 3-4 100 yard dash
• Ages 5-6 1/8 Mile
• Ages 7-8 1/4 Mile
• Ages 9-12 1/2 Mile

Awards
• Best Costume: Individual
• Best Superhero: Child (ages 12 and under)
• Best Princess: Child (ages 12 and under)
• Best Costume: Group/Family

More Information & RegistrationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
11/01/2017 08:00 AMFall Bookwalk - Franklin LibraryCelebrate your love of reading this fall with our Bookwalk, brought to you by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Des Moines Public Library. You don't have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while you enjoy a book along the Waveland Trail.

NOVEMBER:
Waveland Trail near the Franklin Library/Glendale Cemetery
 Waveland Trail near Franklin Library/Glendale Cemetery