Pioneer Columbus Community Center Recreation Activities and Programs
Map of Pioneer Columbus Community CenterPioneer Columbus
Community Center

2100 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 248-6316 

Patrons must sign in when entering the facility.  Once each year patrons must fill out a Participant Information Form.  The Pioneer Columbus community center is not responsible for any lost or stolen items including money in vending machines.

For complete list of recreational area rules and regulations click here.

For a complete list of available amenities click here.

Activities and Programs for All Ages


Youth, adult and senior offerings are for all ages unless otherwise specified. If you do not find a list of activities or programs below the headings there are no offerings for the group at this time.  



Institute of Reading Development


Day(s): Check the link below


Time: Check the link below


Fees: Check the link below


Ages: All ages 


2014 Summer Reading Programs for Children and Adults

For an enjoyable activity with lifelong benefits, we recommend one of our eight different reading skills programs designed and taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development. Programs are offered as a community service by City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation for the following grades:

4-Year-Olds and Entering Kindergarteners
Entering 1st Graders
Entering 2nd Graders
Entering 3rd Graders
Entering 4th or 5th Graders
Entering 6th, 7th, or 8th Graders
Entering 9th, 10th, or 11th Graders
Entering 12th Graders, College Students, or Adults

Click the link below for dates, times and online registration:





Beginning December 11, 2010

Day(s): Wednesday & Thursday


Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm


Fees: Free


Ages: All age groups 


Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department will offer a free PickleBall program. PickleBall is a sport that is played on a badminton court with a lowered net and combines the elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton. Events are scheduled for all age groups. Free clinics taught by Central Iowa PickleBall Ambassador, Steve Stone, will be held on the Saturday, December 18, Saturday, January 8, and Saturday February 5. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult for all sessions. This is a drop-in program with no pre-registration required.



Indoor Wiffleball


January 8, 2012 through February 26, 2012

Day(s): Sunday




Fees: $25 per team


Ages: 16 and over 


This is an eight week Indoor Wiffleball league. Teams will play a doubleheader each week. Both competitive and recreation leagues are available with skill levels of all kinds welcome. Participants may register as a team or individual (to be placed on a team).



Imagination Playschool


November 1, 2013 - March 28, 2014

Day(s): Wednesdays and Fridays


Time: 9am - 2pm


Fees: $2.50 per child




Calling all parents, grandparents, and anyone that knows a preschooler that needs some playtime! Explore the world of physical fitness, skill learning and social development indoors. Our "Imagination Playschool" will give your child lessons in life skills at an early age. Together you and your toddler will benefit by developing and practicing the following skills: Social interaction, coordination, balance, rhythm, imagination, basic motor control and hands on learning. Parents play alongside for comfort and support in a fun and innovative atmosphere. Your little one will have the opportunity to interact with other participants their own age too. "Imagination Playschool" provides a strong foundation for your child's future in a fun, safe environment. Equipment includes: playhouse with slide, castle, tumbling mats, over-sized foam shapes, tricycles, cars, teeter totter, jeeps, play kitchen, and more appropriate sized fun equipment for them to play on or with.





Year Round

Day(s): Mondays & Wednesdays - Tuesdays & Thursdays Pee Wee Class


Time: M,W - 6:00pm - 7:00pm (beginners) 7:00pm - 8:00pm (advanced). T,Th (Pee Wee) - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Fees: $40 monthly
$1/person for first time students


Ages: All ages 


Try Taekwondo, Aerobic Training, Practical System of Self-Defense, Self Esteem and Confidence builder.

We provide moral education in: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit

PeeWee program - ages 4 to 6 years


Youth Activities and Programs

Banana Splits


November 7 - March 27

Day(s): Thursdays


Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Fees: 2.50 per child


Ages: 3 years + 


This program focuses on enhancing your little ones confidence, balance and eye hand coordination. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Children with the aid of their adult companion learn together. It’s for anyone 3 years and older that would benefit from developing better balance, rhythm, muscle coordination, social interaction, listening skills, patience and learning with new friends. Parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians are invited to bring their child to learn with others. Participants will use the following equipment balance beam, climbing wall, parachutes, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination playground equipment (extra large sized tinker toys coated foam shapes), nerf balls, etc. Banana Splits offers a great opportunity for developing your little ones life skills, in a fun and safe environment.  Together you and your child will participate in structured 15 minute intervals of learning. You will see improvements in self confidence, patience, listening skills and coordination. Parents, grandparents, Home schooled, babysitters, day cares, etc bring their children to “Banana Splits". The last Thursday of the month participate in making your own Banana Split treat at 12:00 PM noon. Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Adult Activities and Programs

Adult Pick-Up Basketball


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 8am-5pm Mon, Tue & Friday - 12pm-5pm Wed & Thurs


Fees: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month


Ages: Ages 18 and Up 


Come on in and compete with some of the best players in Des Moines.


Senior Activities and Programs

Polk County Congregate Meals


Except Holidays

Day(s): Monday through Friday


Time: Meals Served at 11:30 AM


Fees: Donations Welcome


Seniors enjoy bingo, billiards, cards and crafts, as well as a nutritious lunch served at 11:30 a.m. by Polk County Congregate Meals Coordinator, Ray Ann Scione. Please call Ray @ 288-3734 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. weekdays to make meal reservations at least 24 hours in advance.

A transportation application is available for those who need transportation to and from the meal site. The form can be completed on-site or over the phone. Group transportation is done on a route and timing varies by site.

Polk County Congregate Meals also provides educational speakers and healthcare services like blood pressure checks and foot care clinics.

Holiday parties, great entertainment and friendly people are here for enjoyment.


Senior Bingo


Year Round

Day(s): 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month


Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM


Fees: Free


For the bingo lover, come join other seniors on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of the month.