Over 100 volunteers are needed to conduct counts and collect surveys in 20+ different locations on September 15 and 16 from 4:15 pm to 7:30 pm and on September 19 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 2016 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration!
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Fall Youth Sports Registration
Registration is underway for youth fall sports. Make sure to get your child signed up for flag football, tennis or basketball. Deadlines are fast approaching. Click the link below for our online registration page.
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Gray's Lake Access Information
Preparations for this year's Des Moines Triathlon (Sept.5-6) will affect access to Gray's Lake Park starting Sept. 1. The park, trail and concession stand will remain open. No boat rentals will be allowed during the events. Click the link below to view the schedule of areas impacted.
Map of Affected Areas
Free Food Preservation Class
“Food Preservation 101,” a free ISU Extension class about food preservation principles will be held Sept. 15, 6 to 7 pm, at the Franklin Avenue Library, 5000 Franklin Ave. The class includes current recommendations for canning, freezing and drying. No actual hands-on preservation will be done in class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Space is limited.
New Drone Video!
Click the link below to view the full length version of the previously released drone video from Des Moines Parks and Recreation.
Final 2015 Moon Float August 29
Take a relaxing float under the stars and listen to the sounds of the night. All non-gas powered boats are welcome to join us. If you don't have a boat, the Gray's Lake concession stand offers rentals of canoes, hydro bikes and paddleboats on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also grab a delicious snack from the concession stand to enjoy as you float.
Northwest Aquatic Center Open
Northwest Aquatic Center will remain open through Tuesday, August 25, 2015, then close and reopen on weekends August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6 and Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015.
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.
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!