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Tour DM Parks
Tour DM Parks is back again as a celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month. We have designated 31 locations throughout the park system. Participants who visit all 31 spots and share a photo with the hashtag #tourdmparks can compete to win the grand prize of $1,000 CASH courtesy of our sponsor, the Friends of the Des Moines Parks.
Join us in August at Gray's Lake Park from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to collect invasive species and UPCYCLE them into food for Blank Park Zoo’s animals. The first 30 volunteers (ages 21+) will receive a free post-event drink at Confluence Brewing. No registration required. Meet in the southeast parking lot.
Yoga in the Park - Union Park
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session from 9 - 10 a.m. July 1 through July 29 at Union Park inside the circle drive.
Adult Flag Football
Sign up today for our adult (ages 18+) flag football league beginning this fall. Registration is open until August 15 with separate leagues available for men and women. Cost to register is $250 per team.
Pee Wee Flag Football Registration Available
Registration ends August 1 for our Pee Wee Flag Football league. Leagues available for children 3/4 years old and 5/6 years old. Cost to register is $40 and includes a jersey.
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Family Swim Night - All Pools
Stop by any Des Moines pool or aquatic center Saturday, July 22 from 7-9 p.m. for a fun filled family swim night! Admission is just $5 per family.
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Youth Flag Football Registration!
Registration is available for our Youth Flag Football league! Open to children in grades 1-7, the cost to register is $50 per individual or $475 as a team and includes a jersey and all other equipment. Hurry and sign up before September 10!
Indoor Pee Wee Soccer
Introduce your child to team sports and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere! Registration is available for our Pee Wee Indoor Soccer league. Open to kids ages 3-6, the cost to register is $25 per person and includes a jersey.
Adult Fall Kickball
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is excited to offer Coed Kickball this Fall. The 7-game schedule is played at the Greater Des Moines Softball Park on Wednesday evenings. Cost to register your team is $195.
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Fall Adult Bags Registration
Sign up today for our Fall Adult Bags league! Played at the Hub Spot, teams of two compete for six weeks to become the bean bag champions. Registration ends August 15, the cost to register is $35 per team.
Fall Adult Softball Registration
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is excited to offer Fall Softball leagues for both men and coed slow-pitch divisions. Registration ends August 15. Cost to register is $195 per team.
Love Trails? We Need You!
Over 100 volunteers are needed to conduct counts and collect surveys in 20+ different locations Sept. 12 and 13 from 4:15 pm to 7:30 pm and Sept. 16 from 11:15 am to 2:30 pm. Volunteer once and receive a free bike rental at Gray’s Lake Park. Volunteer for multiple shifts and earn a free 2018 Mayor's Annual Ride registration!
Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 63 miles of paved multi-use and 18 miles of nature trails.
Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous municipal facilities.
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Recreation & Sports
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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