Due to renovations some offices have moved, please check the City Hall Move page
for more information.
Memorial Day Flowers
Artificial flowers will be available for purchase at the Glendale Cemetery office Saturday, May 26 from 8 AM to 4 PM, Sunday May 27 from 11 AM till 4 PM and Monday, May 28 from 8 AM to 4 PM . Arrangement prices range $5 to $50.
Lifeguard Certification June 4-9
For those ages 15 and up who accept a conditional offer of employment as a lifeguard for Des Moines Parks and Recreation certification training (valued at $150) will be provided at no charge. Certain restrictions apply.
Feel The Beat at The 2018 Music Camps
Registration is now open for our 2018 Music Camps, presented in collaboration with the Des Moines Music Coalition. Designed for 11 to 15 year olds, participants can choose from our Hip Hop or Rock and Roll camps and will have the chance to perform at this year’s 80/35 Music Festival. Cost is $40.00 ($20.00 with scholarship).
Register Now for Swim Lessons
Take advantage of all our swim lessons offerings this summer. Five sessions, spanning from mid-June to late July, will be offered for a range of abilities and ages. Cost is $30 for group lessons and $80 for private. Sign up now to ensure you get the date and time you want.
Register For Ultimate Frisbee
This 12 week season starts mid-August. Games will be played on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Registration is $25.00 per individual.
Register for Youth Flag Football
This is an eight week league with practices starting in early August. Age groups range from 1st to 7th grade. Cost is $475 per team or $50 individual registration.
Register for Adult Flag Football
New this year: Sign up now for this seven game league running from June 19 - August 17. Games will be played Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Des Moines area fields. Cost is $250 per team. Officials are provided.
Register for Adult Basketball
New this year: Sign up now for this seven game league running from June 19 - August 17. Games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center. Cost is $250 per team. Officials and scorekeepers provided.
Yoga in the Park
Yoga in the Park sponsored by UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back this summer at Gray’s Lake Park. Join us every Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. Classes start June 2 and run through September 29. Classes are led by volunteer instructors from around the metro. See below for the full list of instructors.
Free Flicks is coming to a park near you sponsored by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. Movies begin after sunset and are shown on our 25-foot inflatable screen. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and movie snacks as no concessions are available. See below for the full schedule of movies.
Waveland tennis courts will host two sessions of adult and youth tennis lessons June 11-28 and July 9-26. Sessions are available in the morning and the evening and open to a wide range of ages. See below for information on times and registration details.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation department manages 63 miles of paved multi-use and 18 miles of nature trails.
Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 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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