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Programs and Activities in the Park System
Start TimeTitleDescriptionDetailsLocation
11/17/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
11/24/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
12/01/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
12/08/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
12/15/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
12/22/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
12/29/2017 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
01/02/2018 08:00 AMMother Son Fun Night Tickets On SaleTickets for the 2018 Mother Son Fun Night will be available for purchase January 2. The event will be held Saturday, March 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center. Tickets are $10 per person.Purchase Here 
01/05/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
01/12/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
01/19/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
01/22/2018 08:00 AMRain Barrel Workshop RegistrationRegister now for our Rain Barrel Workshop. One way to help manage this water is by installing a rain barrel, which in turn can be used to water plats, wash cars, and much more! This "Make and Take" workshop is co-sponsored. Participants will briefly learn about what they can do to manage storm water on their property and then build their very own rain barrel. All materials and tools will be provided. Cost is $50 per person. The event will take place Saturday, March 3rd. Sign up here Municipal Service Center
01/23/2018 02:00 PMLifeguard Training RegistrationThis event takes place March 12- March 16th from 8am to 12pm.

Participants are trained in knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Must have the ability to swim 300 yards. Participants are expected to have classroom and in water participation every day. Participants must also have access to a computer and complete required homework prior to attending class.

Coed. Ages are 15 and up. Cost is $100 per person
Sign up here North High School Pool 501 Holcomb Avenue
01/26/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
02/02/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
02/09/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
02/11/2018 05:00 PMBlarney Blast TournamentCall it the 'Luck of the Irish'; Des Moines Parks and Recreation is offering the 3rd Annual Blarney Blast softball tournament to the proud citizens of Des Moines. This tournament mixes a little bit of Ireland with a double elimination spring tournament that will involve green softball attire. Participation fee is $105.00 per team. Break out your shillelaghs, it's time to play softball.

Last day for standard registration: March 1, 5 p.m.
Last day for internet registration: March 1, 11:59 p.m.
Coed registration 
02/15/2018 04:00 PMAfter School Enrichment Series RegistrationA four part after school enrichment series for kids grades k-3 at the Greenwood Park Jay Spence Shelter. Each week, participants will spend time inside learning about a nature related topic, building a project or craft and then everyone will gear up and go outside for an activity. Registration is $20 per person. First event will be on Thursday, February 15th at 4 - 5 p.m.Sign up here Greenwood Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
02/16/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
02/22/2018 04:00 PMAfter School Enrichment Series RegistrationA four part after school enrichment series for kids grades k-3 at the Greenwood Park Jay Spence Shelter. Each week, participants will spend time inside learning about a nature related topic, building a project or craft and then everyone will gear up and go outside for an activity. Registration is $20 per person. First event will be on Thursday, February 15th at 4 - 5 p.m.Sign up here Greenwood Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
02/23/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/01/2018 04:00 PMAfter School Enrichment Series RegistrationA four part after school enrichment series for kids grades k-3 at the Greenwood Park Jay Spence Shelter. Each week, participants will spend time inside learning about a nature related topic, building a project or craft and then everyone will gear up and go outside for an activity. Registration is $20 per person. First event will be on Thursday, February 15th at 4 - 5 p.m.Sign up here Greenwood Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
03/02/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/03/2018 06:30 PMMother Son Fun NightMothers and sons... get your adrenaline going at this highly charged event. Enjoy live animals from the Blank Park Zoo, a video game truck, compete on our "Ninja Warrior" style obstacle course, enjoy a live magician, get your face painted, meet members of the Des Moines Police and Fire Departments, tour the Des Moines Boxing Club workout room and test your sports skills with local sports teams. When you run out of fuel get some pizza and a drink to be ready for more action.More InfoPioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
03/07/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
03/08/2018 04:00 PMAfter School Enrichment Series RegistrationA four part after school enrichment series for kids grades k-3 at the Greenwood Park Jay Spence Shelter. Each week, participants will spend time inside learning about a nature related topic, building a project or craft and then everyone will gear up and go outside for an activity. Registration is $20 per person. First event will be on Thursday, February 15th at 4 - 5 p.m.Sign up here Greenwood Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
03/09/2018 10:00 AMSenior Lessons at LunchMarch program is Owls of Iowa. Three dates have been set for the Four Mile Community Center Meal Site where the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education Supervisor will join the group and present a program before the lunch is served. The program is free but pre-registration with the meal site is required at (515) 265-9977 the Monday prior to the program. Four Mile Community Recreation Center
03/09/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/12/2018 09:00 AMSpring Break "Staycation" ProgramWe’ve put together a lineup of programming for the week of March 12-16 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is either free or under two dollars. Each day is different, so make sure to check the full lineup.

Monday, March 12
Imagination Playschool
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Ages 7 and Under
•Cost $1.50 Per Child, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
After School Arts Program (ASAP) Drop-In Art Program
•10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Soccer Mini-Clinic
•11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult


Full SchedulePioneer Columbus Recreation Center
03/13/2018 09:00 AMSpring Break "Staycation" ProgramWe’ve put together a lineup of programming for the week of March 12-16 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is either free or under two dollars. Each day is different, so make sure to check the full lineup.

Tuesday, March 13
Imagination Playschool
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Ages 7 and Under
•Cost $1.50 Per Child, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
ASAP Drop-In Art Program
•10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Environmental Education – Bluebirds
•11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Full SchedulePioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
03/14/2018 09:00 AMSpring Break "Staycation" ProgramWe’ve put together a lineup of programming for the week of March 12-16 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is either free or under two dollars. Each day is different, so make sure to check the full lineup.

Wednesday, March 14
Imagination Playschool
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Ages 7 and Under
•Cost $1.50 Per Child, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
ASAP Drop-In Art Program
•10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Basketball Mini-Clinic
•11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Full SchedulePioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
03/14/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
03/15/2018 09:00 AMSpring Break "Staycation" ProgramWe’ve put together a lineup of programming for the week of March 12-16 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is either free or under two dollars. Each day is different, so make sure to check the full lineup.

Imagination Playschool
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Ages 7 and Under
•Cost $1.50 Per Child, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
ASAP Drop-In Art Program
•10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Environmental Education – Owls
•11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Full SchedulePioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
03/16/2018 09:00 AMSpring Break "Staycation" ProgramWe’ve put together a lineup of programming for the week of March 12-16 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is either free or under two dollars. Each day is different, so make sure to check the full lineup.

Imagination Playschool
•9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
•Ages 7 and Under
•Cost $1.50 Per Child, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
ASAP Drop-In Art Program
•10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Football Mini-Clinic
•11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•Free Program, $1 Admission Fee Per Adult
Family Open Gym Night
•5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
•$1 Per Person For Ages 18-59
Full SchedulePioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
03/16/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/21/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
03/23/2018 03:00 PMGPS Egg HuntJoin Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education in Ewig Park for some traditional egg hunting fun with a modern twist! Registered guest will be able to use a hand held GPS to locate prizes. The event takes place Sunday, March 25th from 1:00 p.m to 1:45 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Sign up here Ewig Park Lilac Arboretum
03/23/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/24/2018 07:30 PMStar Viewing at Ewing Park This partnership with the Science Center brings viewing of the night sky to Ewing park. Telescopes and information about what you are looking at will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and if you have a telescope of your own, feel free to bring it along. Registration is not required.  Ewig Park Lilac Arboretum
03/28/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
03/30/2018 05:00 PMFamily Open Gym NightCome out for Family Open Gym Night at both Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Center every Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $1 per person 18-59 with all youth and seniors get in free. Participants will have full access to all amenities –basketball and pickleball in the gym, game tables, weight room and the cardio room. On the third Friday of the month, come out and enjoy the bounce house and the Imagination Playground at Pioneer Columbus.Center InfoPioneer Columbus and Four Mile Community Recreation Centers
03/31/2018 09:00 AMCache-In Trash Out Creek Clean-UpJoin us Easter weekend to go on a fun, family eco-hunt. City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Iowa Geocacher’s Association, Westwood Neighborhood Association, Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, and other concerned citizens invite you on our unique hunt for trash. Give back, clean-up and find the “cached” prizes. Help improve our creek’s and central Iowa’s water quality! https://www.facebook.com/events/1966654110262707/Pal Joey's
03/31/2018 07:00 PMAdopt-A-BlockCemeteries provide a historical record of our community, as well as an aesthetic greenspace for citizens to enjoy. By becoming an Adopt-A-Plot volunteer, you will partner with our staff in honoring the memory of our past residents. Volunteers pick up branches, trim bushes, clear decorations, monitor for vandalism, and provide general maintenance at our municipal cemeteries. DSMMunicipalCemeteries.aspxMunicipal Cemeteries
04/03/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
04/04/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
04/10/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
04/11/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
04/14/2018 10:00 AMBird Banding Beth Brown will be on hand to capture, band and release birds that live in Greenwood Park and you get to take part in the activities. Bird banding is a universal and indispensable technique for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds.  Along with the Bird Banding, we will have a limited supply of bird house kits. Participants will be able to build a bird house that they may take home with them to create some backyard habitat for cavity nesting birds such as Wrens and Bluebirds. Greenwood Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
04/17/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
04/18/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
04/20/2018 12:00 PMEarth Day Trash BashOn Friday, April 20, 2018 (Rain Date April 23) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown at Noon, including lunch, sponsor recognition and educational booths. The rally builds a sense of community and cohesiveness to the day’s activities and is an opportunity to recognize the thousands of hours these volunteers will put in. After the kick-off bash and lunch, team captains will lead the volunteers out to their project locations for an afternoon giving back to the community.More Info 
04/21/2018 09:00 AMMayor's Annual Ride and Run Register for the 2018 Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run and you will be supporting the construction of Des Moines River Trail – Phase 2. This phase of the trail will connect Cownie Baseball Complex to Easter Lake Park.

The event will be held Saturday, April 21 with the 5K run/walk starting at 9 a.m. followed by the 23-mile bike ride starting at 10 a.m. New this year, participants can enjoy a kickoff celebration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with breakfast and refreshments at the starting line for both events, the Richard A. Clark Municipal Center, located at 1551 East MLK, Jr. Parkway.

Registration fees are $30.00 per adult before April 21 and $40.00 on site the day of the event. Children’s fees are $5 for those ages 5 - 18 years, and children 4 and younger are free. For an additional $5, participants can enter both events. Signup online at dmparks.org and help sustain one of Des Moines’ most popular and treasured amenities, the trail system.

Registered participants are eligible to win a Momentum® Bike valued at $620.

Special thanks to our sponsors Bike World and Fleet Feet Sports.
More InfoRichard A. Clark Municipal Service Center
04/24/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
04/25/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
05/01/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
05/02/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
05/08/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
05/09/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
05/09/2018 07:00 PMHonoring Our National TraditionsLove history, working with the public and are ready to honor a national tradition and those it remembers? Our local cemeteries are alive with memories and volunteers can help preserve those memories and experiences. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. The day honors men and women who died while serving the military. Many people observe the day by visiting cemeteries or memorials and decorating graves. Volunteers are needed for both preparing the cemetery for their largest annual event, including placing standards and flags on graves and making sure everything is clean and beautiful, and in July for removing and properly disposing of flags and decorations.  Glendale Cemetery; Laurel Hill Cemetery
05/12/2018 09:30 PMStar Viewing at Ewing Park This partnership with the Science Center brings viewing of the night sky to Ewing Park. Telescopes and information about what you are looking at are provided. Everyone is welcome and if you have a telescope of you own, feel free to bring it along. Jupiter and Saturn will be in view. Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum
05/15/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
05/16/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
05/22/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
05/23/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
05/26/2018 10:00 AMButterfly Garden Plant.Grow.Fly.Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. On Saturday May 26th from 10 am to Noon, Parks and Recreation will host a Plant.Grow.Fly event location TBA.  Sign up to be part of the program and not only will you help create the new Butterfly Garden but you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same day.  The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators need so they can survive and why they are important to people. Second, participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design to help support pollinators and they will take it home with them.  The last part of the program will actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new butterfly garden.  Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out Monarchs and pollinators. Registration for this event is limited and the fee is $10 per take home planter created.  
05/29/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
05/30/2018 11:00 AMBirding Basics This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray's lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissel leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners or people with some experience. Wednesdays March- May, 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Gray's Lake
06/05/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
06/12/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
06/19/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
06/26/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
07/03/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
07/10/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
07/17/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
07/24/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
07/31/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
08/07/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
08/14/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
08/21/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
08/28/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
09/04/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
09/11/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
09/18/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
09/25/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
10/02/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
10/09/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
10/16/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
10/23/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
10/30/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
11/06/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
11/13/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
11/20/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
11/27/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
12/04/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
12/11/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
12/18/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
12/25/2018 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
01/01/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
01/08/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
01/15/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
01/22/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
01/29/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
02/05/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
02/12/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake
02/19/2019 11:00 AMBald Eagle Nest ViewingStop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays April - June and we will have spotting scopes and binoculars for you to use for viewing the eagles. We will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.  There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Gray's Lake