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

Waiver's need to be submitted to the Welcome Desk for all participants in order to use this facility.


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.  



Family Fun Nights


3rd Friday November-Feburay

Day(s): Friday


Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.


Fees: $1.00 per Adult


Ages: Families Only 


Come enjoy the facility. We have our Imagination Playschool toys out for the evening and the East gym for Open Rec.

Bounce House and Bags (corn hole)

Nov 16: Circus Night

Dec 21: Craft Night: Make and Takes gifts for family

Jan 18: Test your abilities, Games, sports and movement

Feb 15: Science Night Valentine's fun

More Details to Come



Open Rec. Gyms


All Year Long

Day(s): Monday-Friday


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.




Ages: All Ages 


Open Rec in the Gyms:

Call or see the monthly calendar for specific openings.

All ages, Youth under 10 need to be accompanied by adults.
Adults 18-59yrs either $1 a day or $12 for a month.

Soccer, football, baseball and softball not allowed during this time.





Year Round

Day(s): Monday-Friday


Time: 8:00am - Noon


Fees: $2.00 per person


Ages: All ages 


Pickleball will be played in the east gym.



Weight Room & Cardio Area


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.


Fees: FREE - Youth 14 to 17 who are staff approved & adults ages 60+

Ages 18 - 59: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month


Ages: Ages 18+ (Ages 14 to 17 ONLY with staff approval) 


Keep fit and increase your strength with a daily workout in a comfortable atmosphere. Treadmills, cycles, various exercise apparatuses and weight bench with complete set of weights are at your command.


Youth Activities and Programs

Imagination Playschool


Opening in November -March 2018

Day(s): Monday, Wednesday, & Friday


Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Fees: Cost is $1.50 daily for 1 yrs. and older to attend "New Season" & Imagination Playschool


Ages: Children 7 and under 


Looking to inspire your little ones imagination and get them moving? Join us at Pioneer Columbus Community Center for the “Imagination Playschool”.

Imagination Playschool allows kids 7 and under the chance to make new friends and play on all kinds of equipment: climbing tower, imagination playground, big wheels, play houses, tumbling mats, and gymnastics.

We also have a bounce house on the LAST Friday of the month only, with 10 paying children present.

Special Evening Imagination Playschool Every 3rd Friday 5-8pm

Nov 16: Circus Night

Dec 21: Craft Night: Make and Takes gifts for family

Jan 18: Test your abilities, Games, sports and movement

Feb 15: Science Night Valentine's fun


Youth Community Recreation


September - May

Day(s): Early Out Wednesdays


Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: School-Aged Children, ages 10 and over 


Scheduled recreational activities – dodge ball, basketball contests, Boot Camp, EFR - Employee Family Resources programs, Jr Police Fitness Training, Police programming and pizza parties. Call 248-6316 for details on programs


Youth Weekday Afternoon Activities


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 2:00 - 4:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: School-aged Children Youth 9 and under need to accommpained by an adult 


Basketball, table tennis, and other activities are here for the delight of school-age children.


Youth Computer Lab


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 2:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.


Fees: Free


Ages: Ages 14-17 youth 13 and under need to be accommpained by an adult 


High-tech wizards or beginners that want to job-search, complete homework, send emails or chat on-line with friends and family.


Adult Activities and Programs

NBA (Noon Basketball Association)


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: Courts OPEN 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday, Friday and 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


Fees: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month


Ages: All Adults 


Pick-up basketball and challenge matches offer players an opportunity to shoot hoops with Des Moines' BEST.


Adult Computer Lab


Year Round

Day(s): Monday - Friday


Time: 8:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.


Fees: $1.00 per day or $12.00 per month, ages 18-59; Free 60+


Ages: Adults 18+ 


High-tech wizards as well as beginners are invited to job-search, surf the internet or chat with friends and family.


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.