Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page
for more information.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools are partnering to offer youth basketball! Open to grades 1-7. League play begins in mid-November and ends with tournament play in February. Registration has been extended until October 9!
Enter Your Park Photos!
Share photos of any Des Moines Parks and Recreation amenity or facility including parks, trails, pools, golf courses and it could be selected to be on the cover of our 2016 annual report! Start posting your entries on our Facebook page on September 6. Submit up to five photos per person through October 6. Voting begins October 17!
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Attention Trail Users!
Portions of the Principal Riverwalk will be closed starting Monday, September 19 until late 2017. Please follow the link below to view the detour information.
Be there October 22!
The Superhero 5K and Kids Fun Run will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite action hero or princess costume. Finishers receive a custom superhero medal. The Iowa League of Heroes will make a special appearance, so make sure to join us at the Hub Spot.
Cemetery Decoration Removal Begins October 1
The removal of cemetery decorations that have been placed on gravesites in municipal cemeteries will begin on October 1. Citizens who have decorated gravesites with materials they would like to keep must remove them no later than Friday, September 30.
Explore the prairie areas Des Moines Parks and Recreation has created using native Iowa species of plants. Participants will learn about some of the plants, walk into the prairie and help harvest seeds. We will look for native plant seeds that can be used for future plantings.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 60 miles of paved multi-use and 18 miles of nature trails.
Our department is responsible for the management of 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 78 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous municipal facilities.
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Recreation & Sports
Recreation for All Ages
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive, recreational, and leisure leagues for youth, men, women, and coed teams.
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