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  • Help Celebrate the New Amenity!

    The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just added a new 200 vehicle parking lot. To mark the occasion, you are invited to attend a special 3 inning game between the City of Des Moines and Polk County. Players will include staff, city and county officials. In the event of rain, a ceremony will be held at the shelter.

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  • Monarch Monitor Training

    Want to help restore the Monarch Butterfly population? Volunteers are needed to collect habitat data from local sites twice a month May-September. Join us for a free training May 7 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center. All ages are welcome. Email parksvolunteer@dmgov.org to register.

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  • Afternoon at the Arboretum

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy “An Afternoon at the Arboretum” at Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum (5300 Indianola Road) Saturday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the annual bloom of over 200 varieties of lilacs, and enjoy refreshments and lawn games including.

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  • Sargent Park Celebration

    Please join us on Wednesday, May 11 at 12 p.m. to celebrate the generous gifts of the Sargent Family including the land that is now known as Sargent Park, the natural playscape, creek access, adjacent trail signage and new open-air shelter. The event will be held on the east side of the park, located at 3530 E Douglas Avenue.

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  • Mahaffey Shelter Dedication

    The Mayor and City Council Of Des Moines cordially invite you to attend the dedication of the Bob Mahaffey Shelter at Grandview Park. The event will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 12 p.m. The shelter is located at 2400 E. 32 Street.

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  • Now Hiring for Aquatics Positions

    We are now hiring for many seasonal positions including lifeguards, aquatics cashiers, marina attendants, park and recreations associates, swim lesson supervisors, swim instructors and pool supervisors.

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  • Volunteers Rewarded!

    Over 100 volunteers are needed to conduct counts and collect surveys in 20+ different locations on May 17 and 18 from 4:15 pm to 7:30 pm and on May 21 from 11:15 am to 2:30 pm. Be rewarded for your time with your choice of a free bike rental at Gray’s Lake Park for each time they volunteer or free 2017 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration!

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  • Swimming Lessons Registration

    Swimming Lessons Registration is now open! Sign up today for a variety of classes, including swim lessons 1-5, infant/baby and me, preschool lessons and adult lessons!

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  • Bark in the Park

    Bring your furry friend to Bark in the Park! Enjoy free agility relays, a pet waste disposal seminar, a performance by the Iowa Dance Theatre and a free showing of Beethoven thanks to Free Flicks!

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  • Yoga at the Hub Spot

    Join us every Wednesday during the months of May and June for Yoga at the Hub Spot. From 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. enjoy free yoga classes taught by local instructors.

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Trails
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Trail Management

Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 60 miles of paved multi-use and 18 miles of nature trails.

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Parks

Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 78 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous municipal facilities.

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Recreation for All Ages

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive, recreational, and leisure leagues for youth, men, women, and coed teams.

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