GUIDE PROGRAM - PARKS AND RECREATION - City of Des Moines

 
GUIDE PROGRAM - PARKS AND RECREATION - City of Des Moines
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       GUIDE
   Fall/Winter 2019-2020

PARKS AND RECREATION
GUIDE PROGRAM - PARKS AND RECREATION - City of Des Moines
Table of Contents

Rentals						5
GRASP							6
Aquatics						8
Athletics 						9
Cemeteries						14
Community Recreation Centers		 16
Nature Programs				20
Volunteers						31
Special Events					33

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GUIDE PROGRAM - PARKS AND RECREATION - City of Des Moines
Parks and Recreation
Information

Des Moines Parks and Recreation Office
1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50317
515-237-1386
parks@dmgov.org

Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Register online and find program/event information
at dmparks.org

Cancellations
In the event that inclement weather forces events or programs to be cancelled,
all efforts will be made to make an announcement as soon as possible.

Text Message Notifications
Text any of the following keywords to 84483 to sign up for updates on:
DSMEvents, DSMPools, DSMSports, DSMTrails, DSMPopUp, DSMVolunteers

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Parks and Recreation
Information

Mayor
Frank Cownie

City Council
Ward I - Bill Gray
Ward II - Linda Westergaard
Ward III - Josh Mandelbaum
Ward IV - Joe Gatto
At Large - Christopher Coleman
At Large - Connie Boesen

Parks and Recreation Board
The Parks and Recreation Board is comprised of 15 members. Each city
council member appoints two members and the Des Moines Public School
Board appoints one member. The board meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday
in the board room at the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center located
at 1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. The board recommends rules and
regulations for the equipping, maintenance, conduct, supervision and control
of the city playgrounds, recreation centers and special facilities. The board
also reviews and provides input for the operating and capital improvement
budgets. Four advisory committees provide citizen and expert input to the
board on various parks and recreation issues: Citizen Golf Advisory, Urban
Conservation, Citizen Cemetery Advisory, and Trails and Greenways.
George Davis (Chair)                     Sammy F. Pugh
Cynde Fanter                             William Thompson
Loyd W. Ogle                             Bill Nassif
Joel Potter                              James Bollard
Sarah Lohmeier                           Andrea Woodard
R. Stephen Vilmain                       Heather Anderson
Kimberley Boggus                         Jennifer Sayers
Victoria Facto

      4 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
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Rentals
Planning a special event? Check out the wide variety of facilities available
from Des Moines Parks and Recreation. No matter what you are planning –
baby shower, class reunion, birthday party, wedding and more – you can
find the right sized venue.

Available facilities:
• Open-Air and Enclosed Shelters
• Community Recreation Center Conference Rooms
• Gyms
• Gardens
• Amphitheaters
• Gray’s Lake and Green Spaces
• Christine Hensley Terrace
• Aquatic Centers and Wading Pools
To ensure you get the site and the date you want, make your reservation now!
Review pricing and make your selection online at dmparks.org.

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GRASP
What is GRASP?
GRASP stands for Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship
Program. This program allows families discounts on programs and rentals.

How do I qualify?
Rules:
• Be a Des Moines Resident
• Meet established income guidelines

    Household Size       Household Income
          1                    $30,350
          2                    $41,150
          3                    $51,950
          4                    $62,750
          5                    $73,550
          6                    $84,350

• Have your income verified by IMPACT Community Action Partnership.
  Schedule an appointment by calling 515-518-4770 or visit 500 Army
  Post Road, Suite 17 or 3226 University Avenue.

What do I get?
•    Receive 50% off the following:
•    Bike Rentals
•    Boat Rentals
•    Open-Air Shelters
•    Pre-K and Kindergarten Individual Sports
•    Elementary and Middle School Individual Sports

Receive 75% off or more off the
following:
• Season Swim Passes
• Community Garden Plot
• Swim Lessons

       6 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
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Cost with GRASP
                                   Regular Cost
                                                              card
        Swim Lessons                   $30                      $5
      Individual Passes                $45                    $11.25
      Family (2 people)                $80                     $20
      Family (3 people)                $110                  $27.50
      Family (4 people)                $140                    $35
      Family (5 people)                $145                    $40
      Family (6 people)                $150                    $45

 Additional GRASP card discounts:
 • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
   Science Center of Iowa
 • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
   Blank Park Zoo
 • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
   Brenton Skating Plaza

 For questions about our programs or shelter rentals, call 515-237-1386

RASP
                                     If your household meets the
                                     established income guidelines,
                                     your income is verified, and you
                                     are a resident of the city of
                                     Des Moines, you qualify to
                                     receive discounts on swim
                                     lessons, tennis lessons,
                                     basketball and much more!

                                     Call IMPACT Community Action
     For questions about our programsPartnership
                                      or shelter rentals, call 515-237-1386 | 7
                                                   at 515-248-6216
                                     to schedule an appointment or
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Aquatics

Doggie Dive
An opportunity for dogs to celebrate the last day of the pool season. Dogs
must be able to swim and be supervised by their owners at all times.

              Start Day                              Sept. 2, 2019
                                   Monday
           Program Times:                       4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Registration Begins: 9/2/19               Registration Ends: 9/2/19
               $4 per dog and regular admission for owners
                                                     Location:
       Ages for Program: All
                                          Northwest Family Aquatic Center

      8 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
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Athletics

Adult Volleyball - Session 1
Des Moines Parks and Recreation provides Adult Coed Volleyball leagues
beginning mid October. Teams play six league games, Sundays from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th
St). The program ends with a post season tournament. Register Sept. 1 through
Oct. 1 as a team only. Leagues are separated by skill level if team registration
numbers are high enough, and all games are officiated by one referee.

              Start Day                            Mid October 2019
                                    Sundays
           Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
   Registration Begins: 9/1/2019            Registration Ends: 10/1/2019
                               Cost: $195/team
       Ages for Program: 18+                    Location: PC East Gym

State Flag Football Tournament
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting the Adult State Flag Football
Tournament in late October. This double elimination tournament is open to
any team currently playing in the state of Iowa. The 1st and 2nd place teams
are awarded beautiful trophies. Registration is Sept. 1 through Oct. 1. Game
times are determined based on team registration numbers. Individuals cannot
play for more than one team in the tournament, and teams must provide their
own equipment, including ball and flags.

              Start Day                              October 2019
                             Saturday and Sunday
           Program Times:                                  TBA
   Registration Begins: 9/1/2019            Registration Ends: 10/1/2019
                               Cost: $160/team
       Ages for Program: 18+                          Location: TBA

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Youth Basketball Grades 1-7
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Youth Basketball leagues for grades
1-7. Participants may register as a team or individually Aug. 1 through
Oct. 1: Both boys and girls divisions are available. New this year: participants
are separated into individual grade levels when possible. Games begin early
November and end in February with tournament play. Practices and games
are played at area schools and community recreation centers. We also need
volunteers for this program!

               Start Day                         Early November 2019
             boys grades 3-6 and girls grades 5-7 Saturdays;
              boys grades 1-2 and girls grades 1-4 Sundays;
                      7th grade boys Wednesdays
                                              8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends;
           Program Times:
                                            5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weeknights
   Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 10/1/2019
                       Cost: $60/person; $550/team
                                                     Location:
         Ages for Program:                 Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile
        1st grade - 7th grade               Community Recreation Center
                                                  and area schools

Youth Basketball - Pre K - Kindergarten
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers youth basketball for grades Pre-K
and Kindergarten. Teams will meet once weekly, practicing for the first two
weeks followed by 4 weeks of games. Jerseys are provided and volunteers
are needed to coach teams. Leagues are coed and score will not be kept.
Entry fee provides a jersey for each player and all needed equipment.

               Start Day                         Early February, 2020
                                   Tuesdays
           Program Times:                        5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 11/1/2019            Registration Ends: 1/1/2020
                                   Cost: $40
                                                      Location:
          Ages for Program:
                                            Pioneer Columbus Community
         Pre k - Kindergarten
                                                 Recreation Center

      10 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Adult Basketball
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers separate men’s and women’s Adult
Basketball leagues beginning mid November. Teams of 10 participants play
a 10-game schedule on Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s teams
play at Fourmile Community Recreation Center (3711 Easton Blvd) and Men’s
teams play at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th
Street). Tournament play is offered at the end of the season. Register Oct. 1
through Nov. 1 as a team only.

               Start Day                          Mid November, 2019
                                    Mondays
           Program Times:                             6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 10/1/2019            Registration Ends: 11/1/2019
                               Cost: $375/team
                                                      Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+                 Pioneer Columbus (Men) and
                                                  Fourmile (Women)

Adult Wiffle Ball
Wanting to play America’s past time during the Winter, but can’t because of
the weather? Well, Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department is offering
an adult indoor wiffle ball league for you and a few of your close friends.
Teams may be composed of all men, all women, or combination of both.

               Start Day                           Mid January, 2020
           Program Times:                             1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 11/1/2019           Registration Ends: 12/15/2019
                              Cost: $60 per team
                                                      Location:
       Ages for Program: 16+                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                  Recreation Center

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Adult Volleyball - Session 2
Des Moines Parks and Recreation provides Adult Coed Volleyball leagues
beginning late Janurary. Teams play six league games, Sundays from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m. at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center (2100 SE 5th
St). The program ends with a post season tournament. Register Nov. 1 through
Jan. 1 as a team only. Leagues are separated by skill level if team registration
numbers are high enough, and all games are officiated by one referee.

               Start Day                          Late January, 2020
           Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 11/1/2019            Registration Ends: 1/1/2020
                             Cost: $195 per Team
                                                      Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                  Recreation Center

Softball - Snoball
SOFTBALL?.....IT’S NOT JUST FOR SUMMER IN DES MOINES!
The Winter Snoball Tournament is back! If you love softball and can’t wait
for summer this is the tournament for you. Games will be played in nearly
any weather so dress warm and prepare for sloppy conditions, but at least
it’s softball.

               Start Day                          Late January, 2020
           Program Times:                            8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 12/1/2019            Registration Ends: 1/1/2020
                             Cost: $105 per Team
                                                       Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+                      Greater Des Moines
                                                   Softball Complex

      12 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Softball - Blarney Blast
Call it the ‘Luck of the Irish’; Des Moines Parks and Recreation is offering the
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.

               Start Day                             March 7, 2020
           Program Times:                             8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 1/1/2020             Registration Ends: 3/1/2020
                                   Cost: $105
                                                        Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+                       Greater Des Moines
                                                    Softball Complex

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Cemeteries

Flag Retirement
An estimated 3,000 American flags will be retired on Sept. 14 at Glendale
Cemetery from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. These flags have been faded, ripped or
tattered, and will be disposed of properly. Some volunteers are needed.

The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states-“The flag, when it is
in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be
destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Flag Retirement is the
term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags
that are no longer fit to serve the nation. Volunteers will assist the Governor’s
Own 49th Regiment in properly retiring flags from our community. Volunteers
will help load the retired flags into the USS Zenti.

Freewill Monetary donations are appreciated.

               Start Day                          September 14, 2019
           Program Times:                           9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
                                   Cost: FREE
        Ages for Program: All                      Location: Glendale

Decoration Cleanup
Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department staff is removing all memorial
decorations placed on gravesites in municipal cemeteries beginning Oct. 1.
Citizens wanting to keep their gravesite decorations must remove them by no
later than Sept. 30.

               Start Day                            October 1, 2019
                                    October
           Program Times:                           8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                  Cost: N/A
        Ages for Program: All                   Location: All Cemeteries

      14 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Wreaths Across America
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is joining the national “Wreaths Across
America” campaign. Woodland Cemetery has been chosen as an official
location for 2019, amongst our seven municipal cemeteries.

Support is needed to fund over 700 wreaths placed to remember and honor
our veterans on “National Wreaths Across America Day” December 14.
Sponsorship levels include:

        •         1 Wreath Individual Sponsorship ($15)
        •         2 Wreaths ($30.00)
        •         5 Wreaths ($75.00) *Most Popular
        •         10 Wreaths ($150.00)
        •         Custom Number of Wreaths

Sign up to be a volunteer! Individuals are needed to lay wreaths on Wreaths
Day and raise funds for wreaths sponsorships.

Visit http://bit.ly/WoodlandWAA to sponsor a wreath at Woodland or to
volunteer.

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Community Recreation Centers

Pioneer Columbus                          Fourmile
2100 SE 5th Street                        3711 Easton Boulevard
248-6316                                  248-6315

Monday-Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Youth (10 - 17) Free
Under 10 must be accompanied by an adult
Adult (18 - 59) $1/day or $12/month
Senior (60 +) Free
Yearly memberships are available

Imagination Playschool @ PC
Imagination Playschool is for children ages 7 and under to make new friends
and play on indoor equipment during cold winter months. Visit Pioneer
Columbus Community Recreation Center starting in November from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. The cost is $1.50 per child.

               Start Day                           November 1, 2019
                               November-March
           Program Times:                            9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                             Cost: $1.50/person
                       Ages for Program: 1 to 7 years

Family Fun Night @ PC
Every Friday night starting November 15th through February, is Family Fun
Night at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center. From 5 p.m. to 8
p.m., participants can access all the amenities at our newly renovated facility
to play basketball, pickleball and dodgeball in the gym. We also have board
games, table tennis, billiards, a weight room, a computer lab and a cardio
room for your enjoyment. Cost is $1 per person ages 18 to 59 with free
admission for youth and seniors. Expect special programming on the third
Friday of each month for things like a bounce house, Imagination Playground
and other special activities.

               Start Day                          November 15, 2019
                        Fridays November-February
              (special activities the third Friday of each month)
           Program Times:                           5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
           Cost: $1/person 18 to 59; FREE under 18 or over 59
                            Ages for Program: All

      16 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Morning Pickleball @ PC
Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are
simple and easy to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive
game for experienced players. Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites
participants ages 10 and older to play at Pioneer Columbus Community
Recreation Center, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $2 per visit
or $15 per month.

               Start Day                             January 2, 2020
                               January-December
           Program Times:                           8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
               Cost: $2/person/day or $15/person/month
                            Ages for Program: 10+

Evening Pickleball @ PC
Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are
simple and easy to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive
game for experienced players. Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites
participants ages 10 and older to play at Pioneer Columbus Community
Recreation Center, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,
March through September. The cost is $2 per visit or $15 per month.

               Start Day                             March 1, 2020
                               March-September
                                                     5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
           Program Times:
                                                   Tuesday & Thursday
      Registration Begins: Now              Registration Ends: 9/30/2019
               Cost: $2/person/day or $15/person/month
                            Ages for Program: 10+

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Senior Meal Site
Educational classes, crafts, music, exercise, bingo and games are just some of
the activities available. Transportation, Volunteer Opportunities, Foot Clinic,
Blood Pressure and weekly Educational Speakers. Lunch is served to Seniors
age 60 years and older. Reservation for Fourmile: 265-9977. Reservation for
Pioneer Columbus: 288-3734.

               Start Day                            January 2, 2020
                               January-December
           Program Times:                           9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                            Registration: Ongoing
                                Cost: Donations
                                                     Location:
       Ages for Program: 60+               Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile
                                           Community Recreation Centers

PAL Boxing Club @ PC
Youth ages 10 to18 develop both physical and emotional maturity needed
to become successful adults. Positive discipline, effective leadership and a
supportive peer group are all found within the DMPD Boxing Club.

               Start Day                            January 2, 2020
                               January-December
                                             School Year: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
           Program Times:
                                              Summer: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                         Registration: Call 237-1520
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
  Ages for Program: 10 to 18 years          Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                 Recreation Center

      18 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Seniors Striders Walking Club
Program runs Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to11a.m. This program is in a climate
controlled gym with bleachers for resting between laps. 16 laps around the
gym is a mile.

               Start Day                            January 2, 2020
                    January - December, Monday-Friday
           Program Times:                        8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
                    60 and up free, 59 and under $1.00
          Ages for Program:                        Everyone Welcome
                                            Fourmile Community Recreation
               Location:
                                                       Center

Des Moines Table Tennis
Everyone is welcome at the Des Moines Table Tennis Club (DMTTC). We
offer excitement for all ages and all levels of play. No pre-registration
required. Your first visit is free. If you decide to become a member the fee is
$160 for 6 months or $240 for 12 months.

               Start Day                            January 2, 2020
              Late February-November, Tuesday & Thursdays
           Program Times:                         5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
             Cost: Youth (15 under) $2.00 / Adult $5.00 visit
          Ages for Program:                             12 and up
                                            Fourmile Community Recreation
               Location:
                                                       Center

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Nature Programs

Monarch Tagging
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting tagging events at various parks
in September to conserve our Monarch butterfly population. Learn about
Monarch butterflies and their migration, then help us tag butterflies. Monarchs
are captured using nets we provide, tagged with a special identification
sticker and released back into nature. People of all ages are welcome to
attend this free conservation program.

  •               Sept. 5 at Union Park
  •               Sept. 9 at Franklin Library Storytime
  •               Sept. 11 at Greenwood Park (Sylvan Theater)
  •               Sept. 12 at Franklin Community Garden (shelter East of
		                gardens) and North Side Library
  •               Sept. 13 at Gray’s Lake (Terrace)
  •               Sept. 16 at Franklin Library
  •               Sept. 17 at Central Library
  •               Monarch Festival at Blank Park Zoo on Sept. 15 (below)
  •               Des Moines Ikes EXPO at Water Works on Sept. 28 (below)

The Monarch Festival at the Blank Park Zoo is Sept. 15 from 12 p.m. to 4
p.m. Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education presents
the Monarch Migration Obstacle Course during the event. Make sure to
find our booth and visit others during the festival to take part in several fun
conservation activities.

The Des Moines Ikes EXPO is Sept. 28 at Water Works Park. Des Moines Parks
and Recreation Environmental Education will be there celebrating Monarch
butterflies with the Monarch Migration Obstacle Course and Tagging. Visit
the education tent at Noon to view our presentation and be sure to try other
activities at the EXPO!

Union Park
               Start Day                          September 5, 2019
           Program Times:                       10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                   Cost: FREE
        Ages for Program: All                     Location: Union Park

      20 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Franklin Library (storytime)
             Start Day                           September 9, 2019
         Program Times:                               10:15 a.m.
                                 Cost: FREE
  Ages for Program: 3 to 6 Years              Location: Franklin Library

Greenwood Park
             Start Day                           September 11, 2019
         Program Times:                       10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                 Cost: FREE
                                                  Location:
      Ages for Program: All
                                         Greenwood Park, Sylvan Theater

Franklin Community Gardens
             Start Day                          September 12, 2019
         Program Times:                       10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                 Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
                                          Franklin Community Gardens,
      Ages for Program: All
                                         Meet in the shelter at the East End
                                                  of the Gardens.

Des Moines North Side Library
             Start Day                          September 12, 2019
         Program Times:                               3:30 p.m.
                                 Cost: FREE
      Ages for Program: All                 Location: North Side Library

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Gray’s Lake
            Start Day                          September 13, 2019
        Program Times:                       10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                   Location:
     Ages for Program: All              Gray’s Lake, Terrace area by the
                                            south west parking lot

Blank Park Zoo
            Start Day                          September 15, 2019
        Program Times:                           12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
                              Cost: Zoo Fees
                                                  Location:
     Ages for Program: All
                                           Des Moines Blank Park Zoo

Franklin Library
            Start Day                          September 16, 2019
        Program Times:                          10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                    Location:
     Ages for Program: All                     Franklin Ave. Library
                                                South East Doors

Central Library
            Start Day                          September 17, 2019
        Program Times:                               6:30 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                    Location:
     Ages for Program: All
                                                  Central Library

Des Moines Ikes EXPO
            Start Day                          September 28, 2019
        Program Times:                                 Noon
                                Cost: FREE
                                                  Location:
     Ages for Program: All                 Water Works Park in the big
                                                  white tent.

   22 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Building Bat Boxes
Bats can be scary-looking creatures, but they play an important role in the
balance of nature. Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to learn
about these flying mammals on Oct. 3 at Greenwood Park’s Jay Spence
Enclosed Shelter (300 45th St) from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The program begins
with a lesson on bat species found within Iowa. Then, build your own bat box
to take home or donate back to Parks and Recreation. Registration is required
due to limited space. The fee is $10 for each bat box built. This program is for
all ages, but anyone under age 16 must have an adult with them.

               Start Day                            October 3, 2019
           Program Times:                          6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Registration Begins: 8/1/19             Registration Ends: 10/3/2019
                              Cost: $10/bat box
          Ages for Program:                           Location:
    All (under 16 must be with an             Greenwood Park, Jay Spence
                adult)                             Enclosed Shelter

GPS Great Pumpkin Hunt
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation on Oct. 19 at the Greenwood Park
pond (300 45th St) for a GPS driven scavenger hunt. Participants are taught
to use a handheld Global Positioning Unit before searching for the “Great
Pumpkin” hidden somewhere in the park. A series of smaller pumpkins guide
explorers around the park on an adventure and eventually lead to the end
destination. Explorers will find interesting facts about Greenwood Park and
small prizes at each pumpkin including the “Great Pumpkin.” Registration is
required. You have until Oct. 17 to register, and a $10 fee applies only to
participants who wish to collect prizes.

               Start Day                            October 19, 2019
           Program Times:                                 10 a.m.
    Registration Begins: 8/1/19            Registration Ends: 10/17/2019
                               Cost: $10/person
                                                        Location:
        Ages for Program: All                        Greenwood Park,
                                                     Meet at the Pond

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Bird Feeder Workshop
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation on Nov. 2 at MacRae Park’s W.C.
Walker Enclosed Shelter (1021 Davis Ave) to learn about birds, take a short
hike, and build your own bird feeder. The program starts at 10 a.m. with a
lesson on bird feed, bird feeders and how to attract birds to your home. Next,
we take a 30-minute easy walk along the trail to watch the birds living in
MacRae Park. Finally, you have the option to build a cedar bird feeder to
take home. These feeders are perfect to place in your own yard or give to a
friend as a gift! Registration to build a feeder is limited to 20 people and can
be done by visiting dmparks.org. The fee is $10 for each bird feeder built. If
you are interested in the program but do not wish to build a feeder, join us free
of charge. This program is for all ages, but anyone under age 16 must have
an adult with them.

               Start Day                          November 2, 2019
           Program Times:                        10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
   Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 11/1/2019
                              Cost: $10/bird box
          Ages for Program:                          Location:
    All (under 16 must be with an                  MacRae Park,
                adult)                      W.C. Walker Enclosed Shelter

Star Viewing
Enjoy the night sky looking for Venus, Saturn and the Geminid Meteor Shower.
This partnership with the Science Center and Des Moines Astronomical
Society brings the ability to view outer space through telescopes to Birdland
Park (2278 Saylor Rd). Visit the Ding Darling Enclosed Shelter on Dec. 14
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to survey the sky and learn about the beautiful things
you see. Walk inside the shelter to find cups of hot cocoa and a place to warm
your cold fingers and toes. Feel free to bring your own telescope along if you
have one! This is a free event for all ages.

               Start Day                          December 14, 2019
           Program Times:                            7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                       Location:
        Ages for Program: All                       Birdland Park,
                                             Ding Darling Enclosed Shelter

      24 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Full Moon Snowshoe Hike
Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy the
Grandview Park Nature Trail on a Full Moon winter evening. Snowshoeing
is fun and easy to do, if you can walk you can snowshoe. This program will
meet at the Enclosed Shelter. All ages are welcome. Anyone under 12 years
old will need to have a guardian present.

               Start Day                            January 10, 2020
           Program Times:                          5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 8/1/2019             Registration Ends: 1/10/2020
                                    Cost: $5
         Ages for Program:
              All ages.                               Location:
   Anyone under 12 years old will          Grandview Park, Enclosed Shelter
  need to have a guardian present.

Owls of Iowa
Owls live right here in Des Moines but you do not get to see them easily. We
will learn about the different kinds of owls that live here in Iowa and meet a
live screech owl. Dress for the weather so that we can take a short hike in
search of wild live owls in the park. To finish the program participants will
make a nesting box for a Screech Owl to take home or donate back to Parks
and Recreation. Pre-registration is required only for participants who choose
to build a nesting box, but everyone is welcome to attend the event. Anyone
under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Fee $15 for each nesting box.
The is no cost to attend the event.

               Start Day                            January 17, 2020
           Program Times:                             6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 8/1/2019             Registration Ends: 1/17/2020
                                    Cost: $15
         Ages for Program:
                                                     Location:
 All ages. Anyone under 16 must be
                                             MacRae Park Enclosed Shelter
      accompanied by an adult.

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Star Viewing
Enjoy the night sky looking for Mars, the Blue Moon and Jupiter. This
partnership with the Science Center and Des Moines Astronomical Society,
brings viewing of the stars and planets through telescopes to Des Moines
Parks. There will be telescopes and information about what you are viewing.
Come dressed for the outdoor weather. Feel free to bring your own telescope
along if you would like. This is a free event for all ages.

              Start Day                             January, 2020
                                 March TBA
           Program Times:                                 TBA
                                  Cost: FREE
        Ages for Program: All                          Location:

Almost Full Moon Snowshoe Hike
Take a walk with us through the park on a set of snowshoes and enjoy
MacRae Park on an Almost Full Moon Winter Evening. Snowshoeing is fun
and easy to do, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. This program will meet
at the W.C. Walker Enclosed Shelter in MacRae Park starting at 5:30 p.m.
When everyone has gear and directions, we will take a hike in the park under
the light of the moon. Dress for the weather. Back in the shelter we will end
the program with a cup of hot cocoa. We have gear for adults and children.
Pre-Registration is required.

              Start Day                           February 7, 2020
           Program Times:                        5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 2/7/2020
                                   Cost: $5
         Ages for Program:
                                                    Location:
             All Ages.
                                                  MacRae Park,
  Anyone under 16 years of age
                                           W.C. Walker Enclosed Shelter
 must be accompanied by an adult.

     26 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Bald Eagle Day
The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources and Fellowship Baptist Church in February
to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge. Between the hours of
10 a.m. and 3 p.m. there will be spotting scopes and people on the bridge
to assist with viewing some of the wild Bald Eagles in Des Moines. Inside
Fellowship Baptist Church, you will be able to warm up, relax, have a snack
and listen to presentations. SOAR - Saving Our Avian Resources will be
present with a live education ambassador bald eagle. All ages are welcome,
there will be children’s activities and the event is free and open to the public.

               Start Day                            February 8, 2020
           Program Times:                           10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                        Location:
        Ages for Program: All                  Fellowship Baptist Church/
                                                   SE 6th Street Bridge

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Build A Birdhouse
Learn about birds that like to live in houses such as the Eastern Bluebird and
Wrens then build your own birdhouse to take home and place in your own
yard for the spring nesting season.

               Start Day                          February 22, 2020

           Program Times:                         10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 2/21/2020
                                   Cost: $10
         Ages for Program:
                                                     Location:
             All ages
                                             Greenwood Park, Jay Spence
  Anyone under 16 years of age
                                                  Enclosed Shelter
 must be accompanied by an adult.

Birding 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. Bring your binoculars
or borrow a pair of ours.

               Start Day                            March 4, 2020
                        Wednesdays, March - May
           Program Times:                        11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
                                   Cost: FREE
         Ages for Program:
             All Ages.
                                                 Location: Gray’s Lake
  Anyone under 16 years of age
 must be accompanied by an adult.

      28 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
GPS Pot of Gold Hunt
Participants will learn how to use a handheld Global Positioning Unit then
use the GPS to find hidden “gold coins” in the park. With a little leprechaun
luck along the way, they will also find some information about the wildlife
that calls MacRae Park home. Move at your own pace and see if you can
find the hidden treasures that MacRae Park has to offer. Pre-registration is
required. The fee is $10 and only applies to participants that will be collecting
the “gold.”

               Start Day                             March 7, 2020
           Program Times:                          1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
   Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 3/6/2020
                                    Cost: $10
         Ages for Program:
                                                     Location:
             All Ages.
                                              MacRae Park, W.C. Walker
  Anyone under 16 years of age
                                                  Enclosed Shelter
 must be accompanied by an adult.

Senior Lessons at Lunch
Join the Parks and Recreation Environmental Education Staff at the Fourmile
Community Recreation Center Senior Meal Site for lunch and learn about the
birds of Iowa that you might see at your bird feeder. Register with the Polk
County Senior Meal Site, 265-9977.

               Start Day                             March 12, 2020
           Program Times:                         11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 3/2/2020             Registration Ends: 3/9/2020
                         Cost: Standard meal site fees
                                                        Location:
 Ages for Program: Senior Citizens                 Fourmile Community
                                                    Recreation Center

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Rain Barrel Workshop
Did you know a large amount of pollution entering Des Moines water systems
and Easter Lake is from storm water runoff? One way to help manage this
water is by installing a rain barrel, which in turn can be used to water plants,
wash cars, and much more! This “Make and Take” workshop is co-sponsored
by Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Des Moines Storm Water Utility and the
Easter Lake Watershed Project. 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. Make sure you are able
to transport your new 55 gallon rain barrel home. Registration for the Rain
Barrel Workshop is required. The fee for this activity is $50 per barrel made.

               Start Day                            March 28, 2020
           Program Times:                          10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
   Registration Begins: 8/1/2019           Registration Ends: 3/27/2020
                                   Cost: $50
         Ages for Program:
                                                      Location:
             All ages.
                                              Richard A. Clark Municipal
  Anyone under 16 years of age
                                                    Service Center
 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bird Watching with the Zoo
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Blank Park Zoo
Family Nature Club to bring you Bird Watching. We will explore Greenwood
Park and learn about the birds that make their homes in the park. There will
be binoculars, spotting scopes, a bird feeder craft and a short hike to look for
birds. Registration is through the Blank Park Zoo.

               Start Day                            March 28, 2020
           Program Times:                         1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
   Registration Begins: 8/1/2019           Registration Ends: 3/27/2020
                                   Cost: FREE
          Ages for Program:                            Location:
 All children must be accompanied                Greenwood Park, Jay
   by an adult 18 years or older.               Spence Enclosed Shelter

      30 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Volunteers

Bike Ped
The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project is coming up, and
we need your help! Volunteers will monitor trail usage at priority sites across
the Des Moines trail system. Data collected from this project helps City of Des
Moines prepare grant proposals, create new trails and improve existing trails.
There are three opportunities to volunteer on Sept. 10, 11 and 14. Volunteers
younger than high school age must be accompanied by an adult.

Register online: http://bit.ly/NationalBikePed

               Start Day                          September 10, 2019
           Program Times:                        4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
        Registration Begins:
                                            Registration Ends: 9/10/2019
   Mid August on Volunteer Local
         Ages for Program:
                                               Location: Various Locations
    High School+ or with an adult

               Start Day                           September 11, 2019
           Program Times:                        4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
        Registration Begins:
                                            Registration Ends: 9/10/2019
   Mid August on Volunteer Local
         Ages for Program:
                                               Location: Various Locations
    High School+ or with an adult

               Start Day                          September 14, 2019
           Program Times:                        11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
        Registration Begins:
                                            Registration Ends: 9/10/2019
   Mid August on Volunteer Local
         Ages for Program:
                                               Location: Various Locations
    High School+ or with an adult

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Cache In Trash Out
Give back, clean-up and find the “cached” prizes. Join 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. Help improve our creeks and central Iowa’s
water quality! Volunteers will be wading through the creek, or walking along
the trails collecting litter, tires, and looking for the GIANT plastic eggs, with a
prize in each! Trash bags, grabbers, and gloves will be provided. We have a
limited amount of waders, so please bring your own!

Register online: http://bit.ly/2020CacheInTrashOut

               Start Day                              April 11, 2020

            Program Times:                          9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 3/1/2020             Registration Ends: 4/11/2020
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                       Location:
        Ages for Program: All
                                              Pal Joey’s, 6224 Grand Ave.

Earth Day Trash Bash
Earth Day Trash Bash, Iowa’s largest Earth Day volunteer event, is a
collaborative project between the Cities & citizens of Des Moines, West Des
Moines, Clive, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Urbandale, Polk County
Conservation, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District, West
Side Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Ingersoll
Business Committee, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Water
Works. Last year, volunteers on 93 teams worked at 72 project sites across
the Metro. They picked up more than 12 pounds of cigarette butts, recycled
more than 9,572 plastic bags, removed almost 45,000 pounds of litter,
cleaned more than 10 miles of trails, cleared 7.5 acres of invasive species,
moved more than 100 cubic yards of mulch and more.

For more Info visit: https://earthday.dmgov.org

               Start Day                             April 24, 2020
                               Friday & Saturday
            Program Times:                          12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 3/2/2020             Registration Ends: 3/31/2020
                                   Cost: FREE
        Ages for Program: All                 Location: Various Locations

      32 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Special Events

Nature Trail Running Series
Runners of all levels explore nature trails in our park system with Fleet Feet
Des Moines and the Capital Striders. This is a free, four-week program for
runners ages 18 and older. Run with us on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. beginning Aug. 21. Some volunteers are needed.

               Start Day                             August 21, 2019
                           Wednesdays for 4 weeks
           Program Times:                          6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
    Program Begins: 8/21/2019                 Program Ends: 9/11/2019
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
                                             August 21 - Greenwood Park
       Ages for Program: 18+                   August 28 - Ewing Park
                                            September 4 - Grandview Park
                                           September 11 - Greenwood Park

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Fall Family Fun Fest
A fun filled day is planned for the whole family, starting at 1 p.m. with a
Trikathalon for 8 year olds and under - ride, run, splash. Sign up online the
cost is $10 to participate. Then at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. watch our food eating
contests. Participants can only enter one competition as part of this day. This
will be more about speed and accuracy over volume…but the quantity of food
will still have an impressive vibe. Each competition will be six minutes in length
with the person finishing all food placed in front of them first or consuming the
most amount of that food in the time allotted will be declared the winner. The
winning participant will be awarded a generous prize pack for their efforts.
Participants will be contacted the week of the event to ensure their spot in their
selected event, interested contestants pre-register online. All other activities
are open to play from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include: inflatable obstacle course,
slide and bounce house, DJ, face painter, Police SWAT vehicle and K-9 dog,
fire truck, the Rocket slide and Heritage Carousel (Rides 50¢/person).

               Start Day                          September 28, 2019
                 Trikathalon 1:00 p.m. - age 8 and under
              Food eating contests - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
               All other activities free and any age welcome
            Program Times:                          1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Registration begins 8/26/19             Registration ends 9/26/19
                                   Cost:
                             Trikathalon: $10
                  Heritage Carousel: Rides 50¢/person
               Food eating contests: Free, pre-register online
                                                      Location:
        Ages for Program: All
                                            Union Park (North side of Park)

      34 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Youth Band Showcase
The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Des Moines
Music Coalition will be hosting the Youth Music Showcase at Captain Roy’s
(adjacent to Birdland Marina) on Saturday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a unique opportunity for bands or performers of any musical genre who
are or whose members are mostly 18 years of age or younger. A band must
be registered by an adult sponsor and answer a few questions about contact
information, number of members, style of music, etc. A sample of the bands
musicianship will be required to help members of the Des Moines Music
Coalition assemble the lineup for the performance. Bands will be contacted
approximately two weeks prior to the show to confirm their commitment and
finalize details regarding performance times, amount of songs, other special
situations, and more.

               Start Day                            October 12, 2019
            Program Times:                           1 p.m. to 5 p.m
  Registration Begins: 8/13/2019            Registration Ends: 10/4/2019
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                        Location:
  Ages for Program: 18 and under
                                                      Captain Roy’s

Jingle Bell Parties
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation for the Jingle Bell Party! Our first event
is at Fourmile Community Recreation Center (3711 Easton Blvd) on Dec. 5.
The second takes place at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
(2100 SE 5th St) on Dec. 12. Both events are FREE and span from 6 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Participants ages 14 and under will have a blast making crafts,
playing in the bounce house, and sitting on Santa’s lap. Registration begins
Nov. 1 but be sure to register before Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 for our first and
second event, respectively. Volunteers are needed!
Dec. 5: Santa, bounce house, handmade hat, environmental project,
miniature trains, Iowa Dance Theatre, Avon, Hy-Vee healthy snack, Target
treats, Toys for Tots gift.
Dec. 12: Santa, bounce house, handmade knit hat, environmental project,
miniature trains, Iowa Dance Theatre, Avon, Hy-Vee healthy snack, Target
treats, Imagination Playschool play area, Toys for Tots gift.

               Start Day                            December 5, 2019
            Program Times:                         6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 11/1/2019            Registration Ends: 11/26/2019
                                   Cost: FREE
                                                       Location:
                                                  Fourmile Community
     Ages for Program: under 14
                                                   Recreation Center
                                                        248-6315

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Start Day                          December 12, 2019
           Program Times:                        6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 11/1/2019           Registration Ends: 12/3/2019
                                  Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
                                           Pioneer Columbus Community
    Ages for Program: under 14
                                                Recreation Center
                                                    248-6316

Father Daughter Dance
Dads are invited to bring their daughter(s) to our annual Father Daughter
Dance being held at the Science Center of Iowa (401 Martin Luther King
Jr Pkwy). This event provides an evening of dancing, refreshments, photo
opportunities, ASAP art project and exhibits at the Science Center. A
carnation flower will be given to all daughters and a chocolate fondue station
with dipping options will be available for everyone to enjoy. Any parents,
relatives, guardians and/or role models are welcome to attend this event with
children. Don’t miss out on this memorable opportunity at our annual Father
Daughter Dance, sponsored by the Des Moines Parks and Recreation and
Boesen The Florist.

              Start Day                           February 1, 2020
                                  Saturday
           Program Times:                       6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
  Registration Begins: 1/2/2020            Registration Ends: 1/31/2020
                            Cost: $10 per person
                                                      Location:
  Ages for Program: 18 and Under
                                                Science Center of Iowa

     36 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Mother Son Fun Night
Join us Saturday, March 7 and get your adrenaline going at this highly
charged event hosted at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
(2100 SE 5th Street). This event provides an evening of Mother and Son
bonding experiences through interactive play. Enjoy live animals from the
Blank Park Zoo, choose a game in the video gaming truck, compete on our
inflatable obstacle course, enjoy a live magician, make a special take home
project for mom with the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, get your
face painted, meet members of the Des Moines Police, say hi to the K-9 unit
dog, tour a Fire truck with the Firemen, box with the police PAL Boxing Club
instructors, test your sports skills and play lazer tag. When you run out of fuel
get a piece of pizza and a drink get ready for more action. Any parents,
relatives, guardians and/or role models are welcome to attend this event
with children.

               Start Day                             March 7, 2020
                                   Saturday
           Program Times:                        6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
  Registration Begins: 1/2/2020              Registration Ends: 3/6/2020
                             Cost: $10 per person
                                                      Location:
          Ages for Program:
                                             Pioneer Columbus Community
                 5+
                                                  Recreation Center

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Spring Break Staycation
We’ve put together a great lineup of programming for the week of March
16-20 at Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center – most of which is
either free or under $2. Each day is a little different, so make sure to check the
full schedule. No pre-registration is required so drop in for any event.

               Start Day                            March 16, 2020
                            Imagination Playschool
            Program Times:                          9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                           Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                        Location:
        Ages for Program: All                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                   Recreation Center

               Start Day                            March 16, 2020
                                   ASAP Art
            Program Times:                        9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
                           Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                        Location:
        Ages for Program: All                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                   Recreation Center

               Start Day                            March 17, 2020
                            Imagination Playschool
            Program Times:                          9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                           Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                        Location:
        Ages for Program: All                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                   Recreation Center

               Start Day                            March 17, 2020
                                     Soccer
            Program Times:                         10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                           Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                        Location:
       Ages for Program: 5-12                 Pioneer Columbus Community
                                                   Recreation Center

      38 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Start Day                             March 17, 2020
                                ASAP Art
       Program Times:                          9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
                        Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                   Location:
    Ages for Program: All                Pioneer Columbus Community
                                              Recreation Center

           Start Day                             March 18, 2020
                        Imagination Playschool
       Program Times:                            9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                        Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                   Location:
    Ages for Program: All                Pioneer Columbus Community
                                              Recreation Center

           Start Day                             March 18, 2020
                               Volleyball
       Program Times:                           10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                        Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                   Location:
   Ages for Program: 5-12                Pioneer Columbus Community
                                              Recreation Center

           Start Day                             March 18, 2020
                                ASAP Art
       Program Times:                          9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
                        Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                   Location:
    Ages for Program: All                Pioneer Columbus Community
                                              Recreation Center

           Start Day                             March 19, 2020
                        Imagination Playschool
       Program Times:                            9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                        Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                   Location:
    Ages for Program: All                Pioneer Columbus Community
                                              Recreation Center

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Start Day                            March 19, 2020
                             Basketball
     Program Times:                          10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
                     Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                Location:
 Ages for Program: 5-12               Pioneer Columbus Community
                                           Recreation Center

         Start Day                            March 19, 2020
                             ASAP Art
     Program Times:                         9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
                     Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                Location:
  Ages for Program: All               Pioneer Columbus Community
                                           Recreation Center

         Start Day                            March 20, 2020
                      Imagination Playschool
     Program Times:                           9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                     Cost: FREE or Under $2
                                                Location:
  Ages for Program: All               Pioneer Columbus Community
                                           Recreation Center

40 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Trivia Nights
Come out to enjoy these exciting new events held at the three city golf courses.
Trivia nights are a fun way for friends to enjoy a weeknight activity and win
some cool prizes. Each event is a different theme. Food and beverages will
be for sale. $25 entry fee per eight member team. Limited to 15 total teams.

               Start Day                            January 9, 2020
           Program Times:                                 6 p.m.
                 Cost: $25 entry fee per eight member team
                                                     Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+
                                          Grandview Golf Course Clubhouse

               Start Day                           February 20, 2020
           Program Times:                                 6 p.m.
                 Cost: $25 entry fee per eight member team
                                                      Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+
                                             Blank Golf Course Clubhouse

               Start Day                            March 26, 2020
           Program Times:                                 6 p.m.
                 Cost: $25 entry fee per eight member team
                                                     Location:
       Ages for Program: 18+
                                           Waveland Golf Course Clubhouse

For more information call Parks and Recreation Special Events at 248-6330.

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Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run
Join Des Moines Park and Recreation on Saturday, April 18, 2020 for the
33rd Mayor’s Annual Ride and Run. This serves as a fundraiser to support
Des Moines trails. The 20+ mile ride will start at Principal Park (1 Line
Drive). In addition, there will be a 5K run and 1-mile family fun walk. The
run will start at 8 a.m. with the ride at 10 a.m. Travel through many area
neighborhoods using the wonderful trail system throughout Des Moines
before ending back at Principal Park. Registration fees are $35 per adult
before April 18 and $50 on site the day of the event. Youth ages 5-18 are
$5 and children 4 and younger are free. Registration includes a breakfast
from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., refreshments at the rest stop and a repair van.
Registration packets can be picked up onsite the day of the event. For more
information please call 237-1386 or send an email to parks@dmgov.org.

              Start Day                            April 18, 2020
                                                      8 a.m. Run
           Program Times:
                                                     10 a.m. Ride
  Registration Begins: 1/2/2020            Registration Ends: 4/18/2020
                          Cost: $35 and $50 day of
         Ages for Program:                             Location:
                7+                                   Principal Park

Kids vs Cops
This program is a free after-school activity for school age children 18 and
under every second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. (except November
and December). This is an opportunity for you to get to know and interact
with the Police Department. Come out and have some fun!

              Start Day                          September 11, 2019
                          Kickball & Flag Football
           Program Times:                          4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                  every second Wednesday of the month
                                  Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
  Ages for Program: 18 and under                 Fourmile Community
                                                  Recreation Center

     42 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Start Day                             October 9, 2019
                                Basketball
        Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
Ages for Program: 18 and under                  Fourmile Community
                                                 Recreation Center

            Start Day                          November 13, 2019
                     Floor hockey (Parent night)
        Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
Ages for Program: 18 and under                  Fourmile Community
                                                 Recreation Center

            Start Day                           December 11, 2019
                                Basketball
        Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
Ages for Program: 18 and under                  Fourmile Community
                                                 Recreation Center

            Start Day                            January 8, 2020
                        Dodgeball & Pickleball
        Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
Ages for Program: 18 and under                  Fourmile Community
                                                 Recreation Center

            Start Day                           February 12, 2020
                                Basketball
        Program Times:                            4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                Cost: FREE
                                                     Location:
Ages for Program: 18 and under                  Fourmile Community
                                                 Recreation Center

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Start Day                            March 4, 2020
                Basketball skill challenge & Basketball
           Program Times:                          4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                  Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
  Ages for Program: 18 and under                 Fourmile Community
                                                  Recreation Center

              Start Day                             April 8, 2020
                            Basketball & Pizza
           Program Times:                          4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
                                  Cost: FREE
                                                      Location:
  Ages for Program: 18 and under                 Fourmile Community
                                                  Recreation Center

Annual Report Cover Photo Contest
Do you have a great photo of MacRae Park, the Bill Riley Trail, the splash
pool at Ashby Park or other location? It could be the cover photo for our
2019 Report to the Community! From Sept. 3 through Oct. 4, participants
can submit their favorite photos of any Des Moines park, trail or other
amenity on our Facebook page (facebook.com/desmoinesparks). Vote for
those photos selected as finalists from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21.

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PARKS AND RECREATION
1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
      Des Moines, Iowa 50317
          515-237-1386
         parks@dmgov.org
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