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Pioneer Columbus Community Center Recreation Activities and Programs
Map of Pioneer Columbus Community CenterPioneer Columbus
Community Center

2100 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 248-6316 

Patrons must sign in when entering the facility.  Once each year patrons must fill out a Participant Information Form.  The Pioneer Columbus community center is not responsible for any lost or stolen items including money in vending machines.

Click here to learn more about the new traverse climbing wall.

For complete list of recreational area rules and regulations click here.

For a complete list of available amenities click here.

Waiver's need to be submitted for all participants in order to use this facility.



Remodel Update:

Pioneer Columbus Community Center currently being remodeled.  Please enter at the south entrance the upper parking lot only. 

The weight room, cardio equipment and game tables will be closed during remodel.  Anticipated completion is September.   

                      Thank you for your patience.   


Activities and Programs for All Ages


Youth, adult and senior offerings are for all ages unless otherwise specified. If you do not find a list of activities or programs below the headings there are no offerings for the group at this time.  



Jingle Bells


Day(s): Thursday December 15


Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm


Fees: FREE


Ages: All ages 


Visit with Santa, treats and gifts from Target, jump in the bounce house, choose your own handmade knit hats, popcorn, explore the model train demonstration, Avon painting nails, Iowa Dance Theatre “Nutcracker” characters, Toys for Tots gifts, nature butterfly crafts and bird feeder.

Toys for Tots Registration starts:
Tuesday, Nov 1,
to register call 248-6316,
registration deadline is - Monday, December 5, @ 5:00 pm.





Year Round

Day(s): Mondays & Thursdays


Time: Monday and Thursday - 6:00 - 7:00 for PeeWee 7:00 - 8:00pm (7years+)


Fees: $50 monthly


Ages: All ages 


Try Taekwondo, Aerobic Training, Practical System of Self-Defense, Self Esteem and Confidence builder.

This class provides: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit

PeeWee program - ages 5 to 6 years





Year Round

Day(s): Monday-Friday


Time: 8:00am - Noon


Fees: $2.00 per person


Ages: All ages 


Pickleball will be played in the east gym. Seasonal Evening Pickleball 5 p.m.-8 p.m.



Weight Room & Cardio Area


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: FREE - Youth 14 to 17 who are staff approved & adults ages 60+

Ages 18 - 59: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month


Ages: Ages 18+ (Ages 14 to 17 ONLY with staff approval) 


Keep fit and increase your strength with a daily workout in a comfortable atmosphere. Treadmills, cycles, various exercise apparatuses and weight bench with complete set of weights are at your command.


Youth Activities and Programs

Imagination Playschool


Closed February 20th until Reopening: November 2016 - March 2017

Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, & Friday


Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend "New Season" & Imagination Playschool


Ages: Children 7 and under 


Please excuse our mess “Imagination Playschool” still open during our renovation. Enter upper level parking lot, south entrance. Please call us at 515-248-6316 if you have questions.

Imagination Playschool will be closed February 20th till reopening. Stay tuned for reopening date. Please call us at 515-248-6316 if you have questions.

Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on Friday only.

“Story Time”-9:30 a.m.- 10:15 a.m. on Monday's in November only
Kids four and under are invited for stories, songs, rhymes and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool is included.

“Creativity Coach” 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday in November
You and your child can dance and have guided play on the equipment and dance. Cost is $1.50 and Imagination Playschool cost included.

"VIP and Me" 9:30 am–10:15 am Wednesday in November $1.50
Exploring creative movement dance concepts through guided and free play, while enhancing the relationship between caregiver and child 5 and under.


Youth Community Recreation


September - May

Day(s): Early Out Wednesdays


Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: School-Aged Children, ages 10 and over 


Scheduled recreational activities – dodge ball, basketball contests, traverse wall climbing challenges, Boot Camp, EFR - Employee Family Resources programs, Jr Police Fitness Training, Police programming and pizza parties. Call 248-6316 for details on programs


Youth Weekday Afternoon Activities


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: School-aged Children Youth 9 and under need to accommpained by an adult 


Basketball, table tennis, and other activities are here for the delight of school-age children.


Youth Computer Lab


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: Ages 14-17 youth 13 and under need to be accommpained by an adult 


High-tech wizards or beginners that want to job-search, complete homework, send emails or chat on-line with friends and family.


Adult Activities and Programs

Spookleball Halloween Scramble


Day(s): Saturday October 29th 2016


Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.




Ages: Adults 18 & over 


See the website for Details and Registration.



NBA (Noon Basketball Association)


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: Courts OPEN 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday, Friday and 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


Fees: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month


Ages: All Adults 


Pick-up basketball and challenge matches offer players an opportunity to shoot hoops with Des Moines' BEST.


Adult Computer Lab


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month, ages 18-59; Free 60+


Ages: Adults 18+ 


High-tech wizards as well as beginners are invited to job-search, surf the internet or chat with friends and family.


Senior Activities and Programs

Polk County Congregate Meals


Except Holidays

Day(s): Monday through Friday


Time: Meals Served at 11:30 AM


Fees: Donations Welcome


Seniors enjoy bingo, billiards, cards and crafts, as well as a nutritious lunch served at 11:30 a.m. by Polk County Congregate Meals Coordinator, Ray Ann Scione. Please call Ray @ 288-3734 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. weekdays to make meal reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

A transportation application is available for those who need transportation to and from the meal site. The form can be completed on-site or over the phone. Group transportation is done on a route and timing varies by site.

Polk County Congregate Meals also provides educational speakers and healthcare services like blood pressure checks and foot care clinics.

Holiday parties, great entertainment and friendly people are here for enjoyment.


Senior Bingo


Year Round

Day(s): 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month


Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM


Fees: Free


For the bingo lover, come join other seniors on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of the month.