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May 01, 2016 - May 08, 2016

  • Spraygrounds Open
  • When:

    Monday, May 02, 2016 at 8:00:00 AM

  • Where:

    Various Locations

  • What:

    A sprayground is a splash pad with spray features and without standing water. Spraygrounds offer unsupervised water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines staff is not provided at spraygrounds, parental supervision is required.

  • Ultimate Frisbee League Registration Opens
  • When:

    Monday, May 02, 2016 at 10:00:00 AM - Friday, August 05, 2016 at 8:00:00 PM

  • Where:

    James W. Cownie Soccer Complex

  • What:

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer Adult Coed Ultimate Frisbee League at Cownie Soccer Complex. Ultimate Frisbee combines the running of soccer, the jumping, passing, and turnovers of basketball, and the deep throws into the end zone of football.

    The object of this non-contact sport is to throw a Frisbee up the field between teams of seven from teammate to teammate until it’s caught in the opponent’s end-zone.

  • Contact:

    dmsports@dmgov.org

  • Birding Basics
  • When:

    Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 11:00:00 AM

  • Where:

    Gray's Lake Park

  • What:

    Get to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics at Gray’s Lake. Participants will meet from 11-11:45 a.m. at Gray’s Lake every Wednesday starting March 2 through May 25. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. This program is free and open to all ages.

    The first half of the series we will focus on water birds such as ducks, geese, loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet in the beach parking lot on the north side of Gray’s Lake. For the second half of the series will meet in the southeast parking lot for viewing of songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.

  • Contact:

    For additional information, contact Joel at 515 248 6369 or www.parksEE@dmgov.org.

  • Yoga at The Hub Spot
  • When:

    Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 11:30:00 AM

  • Where:

    The Hub Spot

  • What:

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Hub Spot (215 Water St.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during May AND June and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sessions will be taught by local yoga instructors, so come join the fun and relax over your lunch break. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

    Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is canceled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.

  • Contact:

    Therese Herold
    THerold@dmgov.org
    515-237-1456

  • City of Des Moines vs. Polk County Softball Game
  • When:

    Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 6:00:00 PM

  • Where:

    James W. Cownie Baseball Park

  • What:

    HELP US CELEBRATE THE NEWEST AMENITY AT JAMES W. COWNIE BASEBALL PARK!!

    The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just got better with the addition of a new parking lot designed to hold 200 vehicles.

    To mark the occasion, the public is invited to attend a special three inning softball game between the City of Des Moines versus Polk County.

    Players will include staff, city and county officials as well as friends of the facility.

    Refreshments will be available for purchase from the concession stand.

    In the event of rain, a brief ceremony will be held under the shelter in lieu of the game.

  • Contact:

    parks@dmgov.org

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