Union Park
725 Thompson Avenue

Did you know that some of Union Park's original amenities included an aviary, pavilion, stone fountain and greenhouse?
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Established in 1892 at E. 9th and Thompson Avenue, as one of Des Moines original five parks, this highly-used park features a free children’s water play area with zero depth entry and water features, basketball and tennis courts, two enclosed shelters and playground, with the historic and ever-popular rocket slide. Enjoy riding on the Heritage Carousel ($.50 admission), strolling through the Union Park Floral Garden and picnicking in the shade of hundreds of trees located in the park.

 View images of the inside of the East Enclosed Shelter

View images of the inside of the West Enclosed Shelter

Union Park Gazebo Union Park Rocket Ship Playground
Union ParkUnion Park Playground
  • Basketball Court
    Cross Country Skiing
    Enclosed Shelter (Must Reserve)
    Formal Garden
    Off-Street Parking
    Open-Air Shelter
    Picnic Tables
    Playground Equipment
    Tennis Courts (1)
    Wading Pool
Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Ride a carousel that harkens back to yesteryear! The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines accommodates 35 riders on 30 animals and two chariots (wheelchair accessible) and is located in beautiful Union Park.  Available for parties.

Official Site

Carousel Hours:    

Tuesday-Thursday 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Children (with adult)  $0.50  
Adults $1.00