Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page
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Kick the winter blahs with our new adult indoor volleyball program. Two sessions are available: October 15 – December 3 or January 14 – February 25. Cost is $195 per team and Registration ends October 1.
Enter Your Park Photos!
Share photos of any Des Moines Parks and Recreation amenity or facility including parks, trails, pools, golf courses and it could be selected to be on the cover of our 2017 annual report! Start posting your entries on our Facebook page on September 5. Submit up to five photos per person through October 5. Voting begins October 17!
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Des Moines Parks and Recreation, along with Fleet Feet Sports, is introducing a new series for runners of all levels to explore the 18 miles of nature trails in our park system. Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., starting August 30, participants are invited to join the three or six-mile guided runs at Greenwood, Ewing or Grandview Park.
New!! Fall Bookwalk
Celebrate your love of reading this fall with our Bookwalk! You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read along while you enjoy one of these lovely parks!
Yoga in the 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. September 9 through September 30 at Gray's Lake Park.
Youth Basketball Registration Open!
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer youth basketball! Open to grades 1-7. League play begins in mid-November and ends with tournament play in February. Registration will be open until October 1!
Superhero/Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!
The Superhero/Princess 5K and Kids Fun Run on October 21st will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 20 for $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).
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Grand Re-opening Event
Come and see the new and improved Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th Street) at the grand re-opening event on Monday, October 2 from 5 - 7 p.m. Learn about the renovations, additional hours, take a tour of the building and enjoy refreshments.
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 75 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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