• Take Our Swim Lesson Survey

    Did your child participate in swim lessons this summer? Please take our short survey about your swim lesson experience. Results will be used to help improve your experience next season. The survey will close August 19.

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  • Hit the trails with the Nature Trail Running Series

    This program, presented in partnership with Fleet Feet Des Moines, invites runners of all levels to explore the 18 miles of nature trails in in our park system and beyond. Each Wednesday at 6:00 pm starting August 22, participants are invited to join the three or six mile guided runs.

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Yoga in the Park sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back this summer at Gray’s Lake Park. Join us every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. Classes start June 2 and run through September 29. Classes are led by volunteer instructors from around the metro. See below for the full list of instructors.

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  • Construction at MacRae Park

    As a part of the EMC Overlook project, the upper portion of the MacRae Park road will be closed and reconstructed. The road will be closed at the north intersection by the pond and the south intersection by the newly renovated Walker Shelter. The upper section of the road will be closed through Spring 2019.

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  • Become an UPCYCLE Steward

    Volunteers are needed to help UPCYCLE invasive plants as food or fun for animals at Blank Park Zoo. The first 30 participants (21 and up) will get a free beer from Confluence Brewing Company. Participate in all three volunteer events and be entered into a drawing for a family four pack entrance to the zoo along with a “feed bundle” for the animals. No registration is necessary.

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Trails
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Trail Management

Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 63 miles of paved multi-use and 18 miles of nature trails.

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Parks

Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 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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