• UPCYCLE

    On the second Saturday of the month (May to October), join us at Greenwood Park from 9 a.m. to noon to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food and fun for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. Gloves and tools are provided and please come prepared for working outdoors!

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    Blank Park Zoo

  • Plant. Grow. Fly.

    Everyone is invited to come learn about how flowers and butterflies grow and how they depend on each other to survive. After, pot your own flowers to help provide habitat for butterflies. Registration is $10 and all supplies will be provided, dirty hands guaranteed!

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  • Bark in the Park

    Bark in the Park events will take place from 7:00-8:15pm and will feature training and obedience lessons as well as games and tricks for your dog to learn. Bark in the Park is a free event, participants MUST have a dog park permit. Email Barb at blbaker@dmgov.org with questions.

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    Dog Park Info

  • Yoga at the Hub

    Refresh and relax over your lunch break with Yoga at the Hub, Wednesdays in May and June from 11:30-12:15. Learn from a new instructor every week. Don't forget to bring a mat or towel!

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    Yoga at the Hub

  • Aquatics Registration

    Pool season is right around the corner! Get ready for summer by purchasing pool passes, or sign up for one of our four swimming programs.

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    Aquatics Registration

  • Jackson Street Bridge Restoration

    Purchase your Jackson Street Bridge t-shirt today! Proceeds from sales of this Raygun t-shirt go toward the bridge restoration project.

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    Raygun Site

  • 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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  • Summer Tennis Lessons

    Registration for summer tennis ends May 24.

    This summer’s programs include:

    Quickstart 1 for ages of 5-7, Quickstart 2 for ages 8-10

    Youth tennis for ages 11-18 and adult tennis.

    Sessions begin in early June.

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Registration for summer bag leagues is now open. Teams play beginning June 10 at the Hub Spot on Wednesday or Thursday nights. Visit www.dmparks.org to register your team today!

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake this summer.

    The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Saturday, June 6 through September 26.

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    Yoga Series

  • Annual Report

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to provide residents with “2014 Report to the Community.” This report provides a high level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments over the past year.

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Trails
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Trail Management

Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 52 miles of paved multi-use and 15 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, 67 miles of trails, 7 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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