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Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
08/19/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - James W. Cownie Soccer ComplexDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Jen Bramble.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
08/20/2017 01:00 PMPool Season EndsAshworth, Birdland, Northwest, and Teachout Aquatic Centers will close on August 20th for the season.

Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21, 22, 26 & 27, and Labor Day Weekend September 2-4.

Regular admission applies
More InformationAshworth, Birdland, Northwest and Teachout
08/20/2017 03:00 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs must be accompanied by their owners at all times.

Fee: $4.00/dog - Regular admission fees apply for dog owners and family members.
More InformationAshworth, Birdland, Northwest and Teachout
08/21/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last Days Enjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21-22, 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/22/2017 10:00 AMAshby Park Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Ashby Park splash pool before if closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationAshby Park - 3200 38th Street
08/22/2017 10:00 AMUnion Park Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Union Park splash pool before it closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationUnion Park - 725 Thompson Avenue
08/22/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 21-22, 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/23/2017 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August 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. The instructor for the week will be Emily Griggs.

Classes will not take place in the event of rain. We will only post on social media if Yoga is cancelled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.
Instructor ListBrenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
08/24/2017 05:30 PMStand Up Paddle with the NaturalistJoin the Des Moines Environmental Educator for a Stand Up Paddle on Grays Lake to learn more about the history of the lake, how if functions and the wildlife that lives there. Starting at the peninsula next to the swimming beach, we will paddle in search for wildlife that lives in and around the lake and discuss what we find along the way. There are several dates and times to choose from. Registration for this event is limited and includes the stand-up board and gear. The fee is $10, new paddlers welcome.

Age: New SUP Paddlers welcome, under 12 years old need to have a guardian present

Limit: 8
Register HereGray's Lake Peninsula
08/26/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - James W. Cownie Soccer ComplexDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Jen Bramble.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
08/26/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/26/2017 01:00 PMHistorical Woodland Cemetery ToursArchie Cook, a local historian/researcher/educator will be providing a guided tour of Historic Woodland Cemetery. The tour takes approximately two hours. The program is free, however donations are suggested and go towards providing restoration efforts in the cemetery.

Those interesting in attending, please RSVP to 515-266-1627 or archiecook@email.com.
 Woodland Cemetery
08/26/2017 09:00 PMFree Flicks - Beauty and the BeastFree Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be provided for purchase. Movies will not take place in the event of rain.
More InformationAshley Okland Star Playground - 5300 Indianola Avenue
08/27/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open August 26-27 and September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
08/30/2017 11:30 AMYoga at the PlazaDes Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August 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 cancelled. If nothing has been posted, please assume classes will take place. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter for cancellations.
Instructor ListBrenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Drive
08/30/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/02/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - James W. Cownie Soccer ComplexDes Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Lauren Ehrler.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More Information HereJames W. Cownie Soccer Complex - 2600 Hartford Avenue
09/02/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/03/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/04/2017 01:00 PMNahas Last DaysEnjoy a day of swimming before the pool comes to a close for the season. Nahas Family Aquatic Center will remain open September 2-4.

Daily Admission:
2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-10 -$2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center - 1101 Porter Avenue
09/04/2017 04:30 PMDoggie DiveThis is an opportunity for dogs and their owners to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs much be accompanied by their owners at all times.

Fee: $4.00/dog - Regular admission fees apply for dog owners and family members.
More InformationNahas Family Aquatic Center
09/06/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/09/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Drew Maifeld.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
09/09/2017 01:00 PMHistoric Woodland Cemetery TourArchie Cook, a local historian/researcher/educator will be providing a guided tour of Historic Woodland Cemetery. The tour takes approximately two hours. The program is free, however donations are suggested and go towards providing restoration efforts in the cemetery.

Those interesting in attending, please RSVP to 515-266-1627 or archiecook@email.com.
 Woodland Cemetery
09/10/2017 10:00 AMM.L. King Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the M.L King splash pool before it closes for the season!

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationM.L. King Park - 1650 Garfield Avenue
09/10/2017 10:00 AMPete Crivaro Splash Pool Closes for SeasonTake a dip in the Pete Crivaro splash pool before it closes for the season.

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines Splash Pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.
More InformationPete Crivaro Park - 1021 SE 14th Street
09/12/2017 10:30 AMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Union Park by the Carousel
09/13/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/14/2017 05:30 PMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Sargent Park
09/15/2017 10:00 AMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Des Moines Franklin Library
09/16/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Lynn Marie Nelson.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
09/20/2017 10:30 AMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Greenwood Park Sylvan Theater
09/20/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/23/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Robin Bourjaily.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
More InformationGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
09/23/2017 10:00 AMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Water Works Park Des Moines EXPO
09/23/2017 01:00 PMMonarch TaggingThroughout this fall the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be tagging up to 200 Monarch Butterflies at various parks and you are invited to help. At each event, participants will learn about Monarch butterfly natural history, including how their incredible migration takes them from the Des Moines city parks to the mountains of central Mexico. After a brief discussion and directions, participants will use nets to see if they can catch some Monarchs to be tagged and released. Supplies will be provided, but be prepared to hike in the tall grass while you chase Monarchs.  Gray's Lake Terrace Area
09/27/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.
  
09/30/2017 09:00 AMYoga in the Park - Gray's Lake Park Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines invite you to start your Saturday mornings with a free weekly yoga session.

Join us every Saturday, June 3 through September 30 from 9 – 10 a.m. for classes led by volunteers from around the metro. This week's instructor is Rachel Jensen.

Yoga in the Park will once again visit different parks this summer.
• June - Gray’s Lake
• July - Union Park
• August - James W. Cownie Soccer Park
• September - Gray’s Lake (September 2 class will be held at James W. Cownie Soccer)
Instructor ListGray's Lake Park - 2101 Fleur Drive
10/04/2017 06:00 PMNature Trail Running SeriesDes 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 the following locations:
8/30 Greenwood
9/6 Ewing
9/13 Grandview
9/20 Ewing
9/27 Grandview
10/4 Greenwood

The program is free and no registration is necessary. In the event trail conditions are not ideal, runs will be held on paved surfaces.