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    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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  • Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

    On Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. Register your team today and become one of the 1,200 volunteers at more than 40 project locations. Registration ends March 27!

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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate.

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  • Imagination Playschool

    Every Wednesday and Friday bring your kids to participate in Imagination Playschool. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun! Participants can play with the imagination playground equipment, big wheels, kitchen play station, climbing wall & more! Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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  • Banana Splits Gymnastics

    Banana Splits is for children ages 3 and older. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Kids can play with a balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment & more. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun!

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  • 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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  • Lifeguard

    For those 15 and up, this three day class will train participants in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Class will be held at Lincoln High School 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.

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Up with Down Walk at Gray's Lake Park as walkers begin to cross the pedestrian bridgeShelter Rentals

 

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Why not plan your next event at one of the 72 beautiful parks in the Des Moines park system?  With 45 park shelters, a city park is a great location for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers and school outings.  All 7 enclosed and 30 open-air shelters can be reserved for your private event.  Seating capacity varies from 12 to 125, depending on the shelter. For other park amenities, please see our complete list of parks and click on the park of your choice.

 

Open-air shelters rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. during the regular park season for $40, double fees on holidays.  LARGE open-air shelters at Pioneer Park and Pete Crivaro Park offer two rental sessions daily; 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., for $60 per session, double fees on holidays.

 

Enclosed park shelters are available for rent in the following parks: Birdland, Grandview, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union.  During the regular park season, Greenwood, MacRae, Pioneer and Union enclosed shelters rent daily from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $80 Monday - Thursday and $100 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays. Year-around rentals are available at Birdland, Grandview and ML King Jr enclosed shelters, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Birdland enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $200 Monday -Thursday and $240 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Grandview enclosed shelter rents from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. for $160 Monday - Thursday and $200 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  Martin L. King Jr enclosed shelter is available for rent other than Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, between 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; a 2-hour minimum rental fee is $70 with additional hours for $20 each.

 

Traditional Wading Pools are also available for weekend events at a rate of $25 per hour, with a 3-hour minimum.

 

Overlook Terrace in Gray's Lake Park is a popular event space for weddings and other large events.  It is made up of 7 sections with shade structures over sections 1-3 at the east end.  Your reservation for 5 sections of terrace, beginning from the east end, costs $200 for the minimum 3-hour time block with each additional hour at $67 each.  Designated open spaces throughout Gray's Lake Park are available for rent in 6-hour time blocks for $250. A cancellation fee of $25 will be charged with a  60 day notice. 

 

Organized trail system events which charge fees or collect donations and have more than 100 participants are charged a $250 event fee. 

 

 View photos of the insides of the following enclosed shelters:
Ding Darling       Grandview       Greenwood       MacRae       Pioneer       Union East       Union West