GUIDE PROGRAM - PARKS AND RECREATION - City of Des Moines, IA

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

Rentals						5                                                                               Parks and Recreation
                                                                                             Information
GRASP							6
                                                                                             Des Moines Parks and Recreation Office
Aquatics 						8                                                                             1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
                                                                                             Des Moines, Iowa 50317
                                                                                             515-237-1386
Athletics						12                                                                            parks@dmgov.org

Community Recreation Centers		 22                                                            Office Hours
Environmental Education 			 26                                                               Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Parks							36                                                                               Register online and find program/event information
                                                                                             at dmparks.org
Special Events					37
                                                                                             Cancellations
Community Garden				42                                                                       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.

Volunteer						43
                                                                                             Text Message Notifications
Cemetery						47                                                                             Text any of the following keywords to 84483 to sign up for updates on:
                                                                                             DSMEvents, DSMPools, DSMSports, DSMTrails, DSMPopUp, DSMVolunteers

Locations						49

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Parks and Recreation
Information

Mayor                                                                           Rentals
Frank Cownie
                                                                                Planning a special event? Check out the wide variety of facilities available
                                                                                from Des Moines Parks and Recreation. No matter what you are planning –
City Council                                                                    baby shower, class reunion, birthday party, wedding and more – you can
Ward I - Bill Gray                                                              find the right sized venue.
Ward II - Linda Westergaard
Ward III - Josh Mandelbaum
Ward IV - Joe Gatto                                                             Available facilities:
At Large - Christopher Coleman                                                  • Open-Air and Enclosed Shelters
At Large - Connie Boesen                                                        • Conference Rooms
                                                                                • Gyms
                                                                                • Gardens
Parks and Recreation Board                                                      • Amphitheaters
The Parks and Recreation Board is comprised of 15 members. Each city            • Gray’s Lake Park Terrace and Green Spaces
council member appoints two members and the Des Moines Public School            • Aquatic Centers and Wading Pools
Board appoints one member. The board meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday        To ensure you get the site and the date you want, make your reservation now!
in the board room at the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center located      Review pricing and make your selection online at dmparks.org.
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.
Cynde Fanter                             Sammy F. Pugh
Loyd W. Ogle                             William Thompson
Joel Potter                              Bill Nassif
Sarah Lohmeier                           George Davis (Chair)
R. Stephen Vilmain                       James Bollard
Kimberley Boggus                         Andrea Woodard
Victoria Facto                           Heather Anderson

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GRASP
What is GRASP?
GRASP stands for Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship
Program. This program allows low-income families discounts on programs                                                                Cost with GRASP
and rentals.                                                                                                     Regular Cost
                                                                                                                                            card
                                                                                      Swim Lessons                   $30                      $5
How do I qualify?                                                                   Individual Passes                $45                    $11.25
Rules:
• Be a Des Moines Resident                                                          Family (2 people)                $80                     $20
• Meet established income guidelines                                                Family (3 people)                $110                  $27.50
                                                                                    Family (4 people)                $140                    $35
    Household Size       Household Income                                           Family (5 people)                $145                    $40
          1                    $30,350
                                                                                    Family (6 people)                $150                    $45
          2                    $41,150
          3                    $51,950
          4                    $62,750                                         Additional GRASP card discounts:
                                                                               • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
          5                    $73,550                                           Science Center of Iowa
          6                    $84,350                                         • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
                                                                                 Blank Park ZOO
• Have your income verified by IMPACT Community Action Partnership.            • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the
  Schedule an appointment by calling 515-518-4770 or visit 500 Army              Benton Skating Plaza
  Post Road, Suite 17 or 3226 University Avenue.
                                                                               For questions about our programs or shelter rentals, call 515-237-1386

What do I get?
•    Receive 50% off the following:

                                                                        GRASP
•    Bike Rentals
•    Boat Rentals
•    Open-Air Shelters
•    PeeWee Individual Sports
•    Youth Individual Sports

Receive 75% off or more off the                                                                                    If your household meets the
following:                                                                                                         established income guidelines,
• Season Swim Passes                                                                                               your income is verified, and you
• Community Garden Plot                                                                                            are a resident of the city of
                                                                                                                   Des Moines, you qualify to
• Swim Lessons
                                                                                                                   receive discounts on swim
                                                                                                                   lessons, tennis lessons,
                                                                                                                   basketball and much more!

                                                                                                                   Call IMPACT Community Action
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                                                                                                                                 at 515-248-6216
                                                                                                                   to schedule an appointment or
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Aquatics

Half-Price Admission Nights                                                        National Swim a Lap Day - June 24th
Make a splash at the pool Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:30pm throughout              Grab your goggles and jump into one of the aquatic facilities and swim a lap
the summer! Half-price daily admission applies.                                    or two. Celebrate the sport of swimming with the City of Des Moines!

                Monday-Thursday in June, July and August                                      Program Times:                             Regular hours
           Program Times:                        5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                                  Cost: Half-price admission all day.
                      Cost: Half-price daily admission.                                 Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools
     Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools

                                                                                   Military Appreciation Day - July 4th
Private Rental                                                                     Celebrate our nation’s independence with the City of Des Moines! For those
Rent one of our aquatic facilities for your next event! Rentals are available to   who serve or have served our country, receive free admission to our aquatic
all persons, organizations, clubs and youth groups. Reservations are arranged      facilities. Thank you for your service!
on a first-come, first-serve basis and depends on availability of staff. Rates
are set according to the number of people in your group. Visit our website to
                                                                                              Program Times:                             Regular hours
complete your reservation.
                                                                                            Cost: Free admission for active duty, retired and veteran
                                                                                              military personnel with military identification card.
        Rental requests must be made online at least 10 days prior                            Immediate family members with military personnel
         to the date of facility use. All facilities are available for                                   receive half-price admission.
                      private rental June 8 - July 31.
                                                                                        Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools
           Program Times:                   After regular hours (evenings)
   Registration Begins: 4/1/2019           Registration Ends: 7/21/2019
   Cost: Rates are set according to the number of people in your group.            National Parents’ Day - July 28th
                                                                                   National Parents’ Day is a day to honor all parents. Stop by the aquatic
     Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools
                                                                                   centers and make a splash with your kids!

Family Days                                                                                   Program Times:                             Regular hours
Grab the family and jump into the pool! Enjoy Family Day at all City of Des                 Cost: Free admission for parents (adult admission) with a
Moines aquatic facilities.                                                                                   paid youth admission.
                                                                                        Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools
         Second Friday of each month: June 14, July 12, August 9
           Program Times:                            Regular hours
                             Cost: $5 per family                                   Doggie Dive
                                                                                   An opportunity for dogs to celebrate the last day of the pool season! Dogs
     Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools
                                                                                   must be able to swim and be supervised by their owners at all times.

Father’s Day - June 16th                                                                        Cost: $4 per dog, Regular admission for owners
Make a splash on Father’s Day, as we honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood
with complimentary admission for fathers.                                                    Ashworth, Birdland, Nahas and Northwest on Sunday,
                                                                                                    August 18 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                         Teachout on Monday, September 2 from 4:30 p.m -6:30 p.m.
           Program Times:                            Regular hours
    Cost: Free admission for fathers (adult) with paid youth admission.
     Ages for Program: All Ages                   Location: All Pools

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Swim Lessons
Sign-up for a swim lesson session today! Learn to swim through our American
Red Cross lessons for ages 6 months through adults. A variety of sessions are
offered in the morning and evening, including Baby and Me, Preschool Swim,
Learn-To-Swim Levels 1-5, Adult Lessons and Private Lessons. Registration will
open on April 1.

               Start Day                             June 10, 2019                           Start Day                               July 8, 2019
                                  June 10 - 14                                                                   July 8 - 12
                                              Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -                                                 Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -
                                               1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and                                                      1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and
           Program Times:                                                                Program Times:
                                            7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.                                             7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.
                                               Each lesson is 45 minutes.                                                    Each lesson is 45 minutes.
  Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/7/2019          Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 7/5/2019
                                   Cost: $30                                                                      Cost: $30
     Ages for Program: All Ages                    Location: All Pools            Ages for Program: All Ages                      Location: All Pools

               Start Day                              June 17, 2019                          Start Day                              July 15, 2019
                                  June 17 - 21                                                                  July 15 - 19
                                              Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -                                                 Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -
                                               1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and                                                      1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and
           Program Times:                                                                Program Times:
                                            7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.                                             7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.
                                               Each lesson is 45 minutes.                                                    Each lesson is 45 minutes.
  Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/14/2019         Registration Begins: 4/1/2019            Registration Ends: 7/12/2019
                                   Cost: $30                                                                      Cost: $30
     Ages for Program: All Ages                    Location: All Pools            Ages for Program: All Ages                      Location: All Pools

               Start Day                             June 24, 2019                           Start Day                              July 22, 2019
                                 June 24 - 28                                                                   July 22 - 26
                                              Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -                                                 Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. -
                                               1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and                                                      1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and
           Program Times:                                                                Program Times:
                                            7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.                                             7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total.
                                               Each lesson is 45 minutes.                                                    Each lesson is 45 minutes.
  Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/21/2019         Registration Begins: 4/1/2019            Registration Ends: 7/19/2019
                                   Cost: $30                                                                      Cost: $30
     Ages for Program: All Ages                    Location: All Pools            Ages for Program: All Ages                      Location: All Pools

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Athletics

Youth Athletics – Pre-K and Kindergarten
These programs introduce children to team sports, teammates, and game
situations while learning the basics in a fun atmosphere. Teams will be
separated into single age groups 3,4,5,6. Each team is co-ed and will have
a parent coach. All equipment, including a jersey will be provided.
                                                                              Youth Athletics – Elementary School
Flag Football                                                                 Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools partner to
                                                                              offer these programs. Participants may register a team or individuals for all
              Start Day                          September 3, 2019            sports. Teams will be separated into single grade groups: 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th
          Program Times:                        6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.         and 5th grade divisions. Each team will have a parent coach. Standings and
    Registration Begins: 5/1/19              Registration Ends: 8/1/19        score will be kept and officials provided unless otherwise noted. Practices
                                                                              and games will be held at least once per week and league tournaments will
                                  Cost: $40
                                                                              take place at the end of the season. All equipment, including a jersey will be
         Ages for Program:                                3-6                 provided.
              Location:                    James W. Cownie Soccer Park

                                                                              Flag Football
Kickball                                                                                     Start Day                           September 7, 2019
              Start Day                          September 3, 2019                       Program Times:                        12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
          Program Times:                        8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.             Registration Begins: 5/1/19                Registration Ends: 8/1/19
    Registration Begins: 6/1/19              Registration Ends: 8/1/19                               Cost: $50/person; $475/team
                                  Cost: $40                                             Ages for Program:                       1st grade - 5th grade
         Ages for Program:                                3-4                                                               Area schools and James W.
              Location:                   James W. Cownie Baseball Park                      Location:                     Cownie Soccer, Championship
                                                                                                                          games played at Drake Stadium

Tee-Ball
              Start Day                          September 3, 2019            Coach Pitch Baseball
          Program Times:                        8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                        Start Day                           September 3, 2019
    Registration Begins: 6/1/19              Registration Ends: 8/1/19                   Program Times:                        12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                  Cost: $40                                       Registration Begins: 6/1/19                Registration Ends: 8/1/19
         Ages for Program:                                5-6                                                    Cost: $50
              Location:                   James W. Cownie Baseball Park                 Ages for Program:                        Grades 1st and 2nd
                                                                                             Location:                    James W. Cownie Baseball Park

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Youth Athletics – Middle School
                                                                             Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools partner to
                                                                             offer these programs. Participants may register a team or individuals for all
Basketball                                                                   sports. Teams will be separated into single grade groups: 6th grade and 7th
                                                                             grade divisions. Each team has a parent coach. Standings and score will be
             Start Day                           November 2, 2019            kept and officials provided unless otherwise noted. Practices and games will
 Boys division grades 3-5, Girls grade 5 on Saturdays; Boys and Girls        be held at least once per week and league tournaments will take place at the
                 grades 1-2, and Girls 3-4 on Sundays                        end of the season. All equipment, including a jersey will be provided.
                                         8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekends;
         Program Times:
                                           5:45 - 8:00 p.m. weeknights
  Registration Begins: 8/1/19              Registration Ends: 10/1/19
                                                                             Flag Football
                                                                                            Start Day                           September 7, 2019
                     Cost: $60/person; $550/team
                                                                                        Program Times:                         8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
        Ages for Program:                      1st grade - 5th grade
                                                                                 Registration Begins: 5/1/19                Registration Ends: 8/1/19
                                         Pioneer Columbus, Fourmile and
             Location:                                                                              Cost: $50/person; $475/team
                                                  area schools
               Note:                       Leagues separated by gender                 Ages for Program:                        6th and 7th grades
                                                                                                                           Area schools and James W.
                                                                                            Location:                     Cownie Soccer, Championship
                                                                                                                         games played at Drake Stadium

                                                                             Basketball
                                                                                            Start Day                           November 2, 2019
                                                                                    Boys division grade 6, Girls grade 6th and 7th on Saturdays;
                                                                                                Boys 7th grade division Wednesdays
                                                                                                                        8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekends;
                                                                                        Program Times:
                                                                                                                          5:45 - 8:00 p.m. weeknights
                                                                                 Registration Begins: 8/1/19               Registration Ends: 10/1/19
                                                                                                    Cost: $60/person; $550/team
                                                                                       Ages for Program:                        6th and 7th grades
                                                                                                                         Pioneer Columbus, Fourmile and
                                                                                            Location:
                                                                                                                                  area schools

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3 vs 3 Adult Basketball - Summer
              Start Day                              June 18, 2019
           Program Times:                       6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 5/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/1/2019       Bags - Fall
                               Cost: $150.00                                                 Start Day                           September 4, 2019
         Ages for Program:                    18 + (open), 35 and over                   Program Times:                         5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
              Location:                           Pioneer Columbus              Registration Begins: 7/1/2019             Registration Ends: 8/15/2019
                                                                                                               Cost: $35.00
                                                                                        Ages for Program:                                 18+
Bags - Summer                                                                                Location:                          Downtown Hub Spot
Des Moines Parks and Recreation will be forming ADULT BEAN BAG
LEAGUES this summer and fall. These leagues will be played at the Hub
Spot, located at the corner of Court Avenue and Water Street, across from
the Polk County Treasurer’s Office. The Hub Spot has a top-notch patio area   Flag Football - Fall
serving concessions and adult beverages. Teams of two adults (18 and older)   Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive and recreational ADULT
compete for six weeks. Duos race to a score of 21 and play a set of three     FLAG FOOTBALL leagues with separate leagues for men and women. A
games. Match times range from 5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will be determined    7-game schedule offers once a week play on weeknights, Monday through
after all of the teams have been finalized.                                   Thursday, or on Sundays. All games are played at Ashfield (E 19th & Hubbell
                                                                              Ave). Teams provide their own flags and can roster up to 20 players with
                                                                              seven players on the field at a time.
              Start Day                              June 5, 2019
                          Wednesday and Thursday
                                                                                             Start Day                           September 3, 2019
           Program Times:                       5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
                                                                                                      Monday - Thursday & Sunday
  Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/1/2019
                                                                                                                               6:00 - 9:00 p.m. M-Th
                                Cost: $35.00                                             Program Times:
                                                                                                                           11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday
         Ages for Program:                                18+                   Registration Begins: 7/1/2019             Registration Ends: 8/15/2019
              Location:                          Downtown Hub Spot                                             Cost: $250.00
                                                                                        Ages for Program:                                 18+
                                                                                             Location:                               Ashfield Park

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Softball - Summer
                                                                              Each team receives:
                                                                              • 13 regular season games
                                                                              • At least one league tournament game
                                                                              • Double Headers offered. This means teams can play up to 20 games for
Kickball - Summer                                                                 the original entry fee!
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers COED KICKBALL leagues for players      In addition those teams that win either the league or league tournament
18 and over. A 7-game schedule is played at the Greater Des Moines Softball   qualify to participate in the Davis Tournament of Champions, a free event .
Complex (4980 NE 46th Street) on Wednesday evenings.
                                                                                             Start Day                               May 1, 2019
              Start Day                              May 1, 2019
                                                                                                      Wednesday-Friday & Sunday
           Program Times:                       6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                         6:30 p.m - 9:20 p.m. Weeknight;
  Registration Begins: 2/1/2019             Registration Ends: 4/1/2019                  Program Times:
                                                                                                                          11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday
                                Cost: $195.00                                   Registration Begins: 2/1/2019              Registration Ends: 4/1/2019
         Ages for Program:                                18+                                                  Cost: $390.00
              Location:                         GDM Softball Complex                    Ages for Program:                                 18+
                                                                                             Location:                              GDM complex
Kickball - Fall
Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers COED KICKBALL leagues for players
18 and over. A 7-game schedule is played at the Greater Des Moines Softball   Softball - Fall
Complex (4980 NE 46th Street) on Wednesday evenings.                          Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers FALL SOFTBALL leagues for both men
                                                                              and coed slow-pitch divisions. Teams play a 7-game schedule, one game
              Start Day                           September 4, 2019           per week, and must be registered with ASA Softball ($27). Teams that have
                                                                              played in Des Moines Parks and Recreation summer leagues in the same year
           Program Times:                       6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.         are already ASA registered.
  Registration Begins: 7/1/2019            Registration Ends: 8/15/2019
                                Cost: $195.00                                                Start Day                            September 1, 2019
         Ages for Program:                                18+                                       Wednesday - Friday and Sunday
              Location:                         GDM Softball Complex                                                     6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Weeknight;
                                                                                         Program Times:
                                                                                                                          11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday
                                                                                Registration Begins: 7/1/2019             Registration Ends: 8/15/2019
                                                                                                               Cost: $195.00
                                                                                        Ages for Program:                                 18+
                                                                                             Location:                         GDM Softball Complex

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Softball - Fastpitch
• 14-game double header schedule played from early May - late June,
  6-9 pm weeknights

              Start Day                              May 7, 2019
                                   Tuesday
           Program Times:                       6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.           Ultimate Frisbee
  Registration Begins: 2/1/2019             Registration Ends: 4/1/2019         This fall, Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer Adult Coed Ultimate
                                                                                Frisbee League at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex. Ultimate Frisbee
                               Cost: $390.00
                                                                                combines the running of soccer, the jumping, passing, and turnovers of
         Ages for Program:                                18+                   basketball, and the deep throws into the end zone of football. The object
              Location:                             GDM complex                 of this non-contact sport is to throw a Frisbee up the field between teams of
                                                                                seven from teammate to teammate until it’s caught in the opponent’s end-
                                                                                zone. League play will begin mid-August and conclude early November. A
Softball - District Fastpitch                                                   post-season tournament will follow regular season play.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting the Men’s 12” Fast-Pitch Softball
Central Iowa #4 District Tournament, qualifying for State Championship                         Start Day                             August 14, 2019
Tournaments. District Tournament games will be played, early July. The field                                      Wednesdays
location is the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex, 4980 NE 46th Street,
                                                                                           Program Times:                         6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Des Moines, Iowa. The tournament format will be pool play or three game
bracket play, depending on the number of entered teams. Entry Deadline            Registration Begins: 5/1/2019             Registration Ends: 7/15/2019
Online: Sunday, June 1 – NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Entry Fee:                                            Cost: $25.00
$140.00 per team, plus $27.00 per team ASA fee, is required if not a current
                                                                                          Ages for Program:                                 16+
ASA member. Teams currently playing in the Des Moines leagues are already
ASA registered. Roster: Official ASA team roster listing a maximum 20 players                  Location:                        James W. Cownie Soccer
must be submitted before your first game.

              Start Day                               July 1, 2019
       Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Next Monday if necessary.
           Program Times:                       6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 5/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/1/2019
                               Cost: $140.00
         Ages for Program:                                18+
              Location:                             GDM complex

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Community Recreation Centers

Table Tennis
Everyone is welcome at the Des Moines Table Tennis Club (DMTTC). We offer
excitement for all ages and all levels of play. DMTTC is a great place to enjoy
table tennis action, have fun and meet people. The club consists of a variety
of players in every way. The common thread is that we all enjoy the sport of        Kids vs Cops
table tennis.                                                                       This program is an early out Wednesday activity for school age children
                                                                                    18 and under, Every Fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. (except
                                                                                    November and December). This is an opportunity for you to get to know and
               Start Day                            January 2, 2019                 interact with the Police Department. Come out and have some fun!
       Late February to November, Tuesday and Thursday evenings                     May 1, 2019 - Basketball and pizza party
           Program Times:                        5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
   Registration Begins: 1/2/2019           Registration Ends: 12/31/2019                          Start Day                             August 1, 2019
             Cost: Youth (15 under) $2.00 / Adult $5.00 visit                                                       August - April
          Ages for Program:                            12 and up                              Program Times:                         4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
               Location:                                Fourmile                                                      Cost: Free
                                                                                             Ages for Program:                                12-18
Polk County Senior Meal Site                                                                      Location:                                 Fourmile
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          Senior Striders Walking Club
age 60 years and older.                                                             This program is a climate controlled gym with benches for resting between
Reservation for Fourmile: 265-9977                                                  laps.16 laps around the gym is a mile.
Reservation for Pioneer Columbus: 288-3734
                                                                                                  Start Day                             January 2, 2019
               Start Day                            January 2, 2019                                    January - December, Monday - Friday
                             January - December                                               Program Times:                         8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
           Program Times:                        9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.                Registration Begins: 1/2/2019            Registration Ends: 12/2/2019
   Registration Begins: 1/2/2019           Registration Ends: 12/30/2019                               60 and up free, 59 and under $1.00
                Cost: Suggested Donation based on income.                                    Ages for Program:                        Everyone Welcome
          Ages for Program:                           60 and over                                 Location:                                 Fourmile
               Location:                   Fourmile and Pioneer Columbus

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Morning Pickleball                                                               Police Athletic League Boxing Club
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple       Youth ages 10-18 develop both physical and emotional maturity needed
and easy to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive game for       to become successful adults. Positive discipline, effective leadership and a
experienced players.                                                             supportive peer group are all found within the DMPD Boxing Club.

              Start Day                            January 2, 2019                              Start Day                             January 2, 2019
                  January - December, Monday - Friday                                                         January - December
           Program Times:                      8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                                                              3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 1/2/2019           Registration Ends: 12/31/2019                                                             during school year,
                                                                                            Program Times:
                                                                                                                                  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
                    Cost: $2 per day or $15 per month                                                                                 during summer
         Ages for Program:                           10 and older                  Registration Begins: 1/2/2019             Registration Ends: 12/31/2019
              Location:                           Pioneer Columbus                                                  Cost: Free
                                                                                           Ages for Program:                               10-18
Evening Pickleball                                                                              Location:                            Pioneer Columbus
A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and
the game is easy to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive
game for experienced players.

              Start Day                             March 1, 2019
                April - September, Tuesdays and Thursdays
           Program Times:                       6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Registration Begins: 3/1/2019            Registration Ends: 9/30/2019
                    Cost: $2 per day or $15 per month
         Ages for Program:                           10 and older
              Location:                           Pioneer Columbus

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Environmental Education
                                                                                   GPS Egg Hunt - April 14th
                                                                                   Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education in Ewing Park
Birding Basics                                                                     for some traditional egg hunting fun with a modern fun twist. At this event,
                                                                                   registered participants will use a hand held GPS unit to find the location of
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 Bissell leads the   eggs hidden in the park. After a brief introduction and some directions on
group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions.     how to use the GPS, participants will go out on a “GPS Egg Hunt” in the park.
Great for beginners and people with some experience. Wednesdays, March             For each correct location that they find, they will get to pick up a small prize
- May, 11-11:45 am.                                                                to take home with them and learn something about the plants and animals
                                                                                   that live in Ewing Park. Choose either a 1:00 p.m. or a 2:00 p.m. start time.
The first half of the series we will focus on water birds such as ducks, geese,
loons, grebes, mergansers, pelicans, and herons. The public will meet at the                  Program Times:                  1:00 p.m. start or 2:00 p.m. start
terrace on the south side of Gray’s Lake. For the second half of the series we      Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 4/13/2019
will search for songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows.
                                                                                                       Cost: $10 per person collecting prizes

               Start Day                              March 6, 2019                                                          All ages. Anyone under 16 must be
                                                                                             Ages for Program:
                                                                                                                                  accompanied by an adult.
                           March - May, Wednesdays
                                                                                                  Location:                       Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum
           Program Times:                       11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    Program Begins: 3/6/2019                  Program Ends: 5/29/2019
                                Cost: Free Event                                   Downtown Earth Day Tour -
          Ages for Program:                              All ages                  April 20th
               Location:                        Gray’s Lake Park Terrace           As part of the Downtown Earth Day Tour, Des Moines Parks and Recreation
                                                                                   Environmental Education will have a booth at the Science Center of Iowa.
                                                                                   This year we are going to highlight Monarch Butterflies and habitat by giving
Bald Eagle Nest Viewing                                                            away milkweed plants that monarch caterpillars eat to survive. Make sure to
Stop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray’s Lake on Tuesdays, April - June and we        find our booth at the Science Center of Iowa and join in the conservation fun.
will have spotting scopes and binoculars set up from 11 am - 1 pm for you to
use while we watch the Bald Eagles as they raise their young. Each week we                    Program Times:                        11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature.
                                                                                                                       Cost: $5
There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look.
                                                                                             Ages for Program:                              All ages
               Start Day                              April 2, 2019                               Location:                          Science Center of Iowa
                             April - June, Tuesdays
           Program Times:                        11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Program Begins: 4/2/2019                  Program Ends: 6/25/2019
                                Cost: Free Event
          Ages for Program:                             All Ages
                                            Gray’s Lake Northwest Parking
               Location:
                                                 Lot area on the trail

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Butterfly Garden Plant.Grow.Fly. -
May 18th
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and
pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. On Saturday, May 18 from
10:00 am to Noon, Parks and Recreation will host a Plant.Grow.Fly. event
at Gray’s Lake. Sign up to be part of the program and not only will you help      Milkweed Planting for Monarchs at
create a new Butterfly Garden, but you will make a butterfly friendly planter
to take home with you on the same day. The first part of the program will
                                                                                  James W. Cownie Baseball Complex -
involve learning about what pollinators need so they can survive and why          May 24th
they are important to people. Second, participants will decorate and fill a       In an effort to increase habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Des Moines Parks
flower pot they design themselves. The planters will help support pollinators     and Recreation is planting several species of milkweeds in some of our parks.
and participants will take it home with them. The last part of the program will   This time we are adding milkweed plants to the James W. Cownie Baseball
actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new Butterfly Garden.     Complex and we are going to need some help putting the plants into the
Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out Monarchs     ground and getting watered so they will survive. Participants will listen to a
and pollinators. Registration for this event is limited and the fee is $10 per    short informative presentation about Monarch Butterflies, receive instructions
take home planter created.                                                        on how to handle the milkweed plants and then we will get our hands dirty.

           Program Times:                       10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                      Program Times:                         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 5/18/2019           Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 5/24/2019
                        Cost: $10.00 for each planter                                                             Cost: Free Event
                                           All ages program . Anyone under                  Ages for Program:                     Adults 18 years and older
          Ages for Program:               16 years old must be accompanied
                                                                                                                                       James W. Cownie
                                                      by an adult.                               Location:
                                                                                                                                        Baseball Park
               Location:                             Gray’s Lake Park

                                                                                  Milkweeds for Monarch Butterflies at
Star Viewing at Ewing Park -
                                                                                  Ewing Park - May 31st
May 18th                                                                          In an effort to increase habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Des Moines Parks
Enjoy the night sky looking for Mars, the Blue Moon and Jupiter. This             and Recreation is planting several species of milkweeds in some of our parks.
partnership with the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Astronomical           This time we are adding milkweed plants to the prairie in Ewing Park and we
Society, brings viewing of the stars and planets through telescopes to Ewing      are going to need some help putting the plants into the ground and getting
Park. We will meet at the Lilac Arboretum where there will be telescopes          watered so they will survive. Participants will listen to a short informative
and information about what you are viewing. Come dressed for the outdoor          presentation about Monarch Butterflies, receive instructions on how to handle
weather. Feel free to bring your own telescope along if you would like. This      the milkweed plants and then we will get our hands dirty.
is a free event for all ages.
                                                                                             Program Times:                         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
           Program Times:                        9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.            Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 5/31/2019
                                Cost: Free Event                                                                  Cost: Free Event
          Ages for Program:                          All ages event                         Ages for Program:                     Adults 18 years an older
               Location:                       Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum                        Location:                      Ewing Park south prairie area

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Free Fishing Friday - June 7th
                                                                                  If you are interested in giving fishing a try for the first time, don’t worry, we will
                                                                                  be there to help you. Bait and tackle supplies will be on hand to use at no cost
                                                                                  and it is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa, so a fishing license is not required. All
Train the Trainer Stand Up                                                        ages are welcome and there is no pre-registration.
Paddleboard Class - June 1st and 2nd
This is a two day class for people that will be leading and instructing other                 Program Times:                         5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
groups how to Stand Up Paddleboard. Class will include classroom lecture,
                                                                                                                       Cost: Free
skills building and improved efficiency and hands on paddling. Day one will
be flat water paddling and take place on Gray’s Lake. Day two will include                  Ages for Program:                           All ages program
paddling on a river. Registration is required and the fee is $25.00 contact                                                            Gray’s Lake Park
todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov.                                                                      Location:
                                                                                                                                     Northwest Parking Lot

           Program Times:                                  TBA
  Registration Begins: 1/1/2019             Registration Ends: 5/30/2019          Stand Up Paddleboard
                                 Cost: $25.00                                     Introduction Classes
          Ages for Program:                        Adults 18 and over             This program is designed to introduce and expose the participants to
                                                                                  sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand
               Location:                            Gray’s Lake Park
                                                                                  Up Paddleboarding in a flat water setting. Topics that will be covered in
                                                                                  the course include launching, board control and different paddling strokes.
                                                                                  Registration includes equipment and instruction. Pre-registration is required
Plant.Grow.Fly. at the North Side                                                 and gear is limited.
Library - June 4th
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and                                Start Day                                June 9, 2019
pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. Parks and Recreation
                                                                                                Introduction Class also offered in July and August
along with the North Side Library will host a Plant.Grow.Fly. event. Sign up
to be part of the program and learn about Monarchs and pollinators and                        Program Times:                         12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same        Registration Begins: 11/14/2018              Registration Ends: 6/7/2019
day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators
                                                                                                                    Cost: $25.00
need so they can survive and why they are important to people. Second,
participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design themselves. The                                                  Participants under 16 years of age
                                                                                            Ages for Program:
planters will help support pollinators and participants will take it home with                                                must be accompanied by an adult.
them. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out                                                             Gray’s Lake Park
Monarchs and pollinators. Registration for this event is limited and through                      Location:
                                                                                                                                     Northwest Parking Lot
the North Side Library.

           Program Times:                               3:30 p.m.                 July 13th
    Registration Begins: 3/1/19               Registration Ends: 6/4/19             Registration Begins: 11/14/2018             Registration Ends: 7/13/2019
                              Cost: Free program                                              Program Times:                         9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
          Ages for Program:                               5-12
               Location:                           North Side Library             August 22nd
                                                                                    Registration Begins: 11/14/2018             Registration Ends: 8/22/2019
                                                                                              Program Times:                         5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Star Viewing in Ewing Park - June 8th
Enjoy the night sky looking for the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. This
partnership with the Science Center of Iowa and Des Moines Astronomical
Society, brings viewing of the stars and planets through telescopes to Ewing
Park. We will meet at the Lilac Arboretum where there will be telescopes          Stand Up Paddleboard with the
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      Naturalist
is a free event for all ages.                                                     Enjoy exploring the wildlife that lives in and around Gray’s Lake on a Stand
                                                                                  Up Paddleboard with our Environmental Education Staff. Fees include all the
                                                                                  gear and instructions to get you started so come dressed to get wet. Anyone
           Program Times:                        9:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.           under 16 years old must have an adult present to participate. Pre-registration
                                Cost: Free Event                                  is required.
          Ages for Program:                              All ages
                                                                                             Program Times:                         5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
               Location:                       Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum
                                                                                                                    Cost: $10.00
                                                                                                                              Anyone under 16 years old must
iEARTH Camps                                                                                Ages for Program:                 have an adult present to partici-
Get in touch with the world around you through activities like water quality                                                               pate.
research, ecology, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, nature                                                         Gray’s Lake Park
investigation and more! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science                              Location:
                                                                                                                                   Northwest Parking Lot
Center of Iowa and Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Learn from outdoor
enthusiasts, art teachers and environmental specialists. Have a blast with fun
and safe supervised activities. On rainy days, we’ll be indoors or take a field
trip, but please come rain or shine and dress for the weather!
                                                                                  June 18th
                                                                                   Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 6/18/2019

               Start Day                             June 17, 2019
                      Various weeks during the summer                             June 27th
           Program Times:                               9:00 a.m.                  Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 6/27/2019
                                                 Contact SCI for details
         Registration Begins:
                                                    515-274-6868
                                                                                  July 17th
                                                 Contact SCI for details
          Registration Ends:                                                       Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 7/17/2019
                                                    515-274-6868
              Cost: Contact Science Center of Iowa for details
          Ages for Program:                          Grades 1st-8th               July 23rd
                                                    MacRae Park and                Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 7/23/2019
               Location:
                                                    Gray’s Lake Park

                                                                                  August 13th
                                                                                   Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 8/13/2019

                                                                                  August 27th
                                                                                   Registration Begins: 11/14/2018            Registration Ends: 8/27/2019

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Plant.Grow.Fly. at the South Side                                                 STAR Party - August 10th
                                                                                  For over 2000 years, the Perseid meteor shower has been the most active
Library - June 28th                                                               meteor shower of the year. STAR Party is being held during the meteor
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and                shower, August 10 at the Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum. The meteors will not be
pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. Parks and Recreation          visible until later that night but there is a full slate of fun for the whole family
along with the South Side Library will host a Plant.Grow.Fly. event. Sign up      leading up to the action in the sky. Kid friendly fun starts at 6:00 p.m. with
to be part of the program and learn about Monarchs and pollinators and            crafts, experiments and activities. While the sun is setting we will have guest
you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same      speakers to teach you about the night sky and the interesting things you can
day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators   see there. Starting about 9:00 p.m. when it is dark enough, a feature movie
need so they can survive and why they are important to people. Second,            will be shown on the outdoor movie screen. Overnight primitive camping
participants will decorate and fill a flower pot they design themselves. The      available by reservation for a fee.
planters will help support pollinators and participants will take it home with
them. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and do a little work to help out
Monarchs and pollinators. Registration for this event is limited and through                  Program Times:                               6:00 p.m.
the South Side Library.                                                                                          Cost: Free program
                                                                                            Ages for Program:                               All ages
           Program Times:                               2:30 p.m.                                Location:                        Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum
  Registration Begins: 4/1/2019             Registration Ends: 6/28/2019
                              Cost: Free program
          Ages for Program:                               5-12
               Location:                            South Side Library

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Parks                                                                                                                        Special Events

                                                                                Mayors Annual Ride and Run (MARR) -
                                                                                April 20th
                                                                                Proceeds from both events go towards area trails.
International Lilac Conference
The International Lilac Society is holding their annual conference in Des
Moines.                                                                                                                       Run 9:00 a.m. and Bike Ride
                                                                                           Program Times:
                                                                                                                                      10:00 a.m.
              Start Day                              May 2, 2019                  Registration Begins: 1/2/2019             Registration Ends: 4/20/2019
           Program Times:                             3 day event                                        Cost: $35, $50 day of event
  Registration Begins: 2/1/2019            Registration Ends: 4/12/2019                   Ages for Program:                         9 years and older
                                 Cost: $250                                                    Location:                              Principal Park
         Ages for Program:                              All ages
              Location:                          Ewing Park May 4th             Youth Music Showcase - May 11th
                                                                                The City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation along with the Des Moines
                                                                                Music Coalition will be hosting two Youth Music Showcase events at Captain
Spring Perennial Divide - May 17th                                              Roy’s (adjacent to Birdland Marina) on Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 p.m. This
Home owners looking to donate plants from their garden are welcome to drop      is a unique opportunity for bands or performers of any musical genre who are
off the plants at the City Greenhouse. Plants will be donated to neighborhood   or whose members are mostly, if not all, 18 years of age or younger. A band/
associations, schools, non-profits and back to the Parks.                       performer 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
           Program Times:                       9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.          Music Coalition assemble the lineup for the performance. Bands/performers
  Registration Begins: 5/16/2019           Registration Ends: 5/18/2019         will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the show to confirm their
                                  Cost: Free                                    commitment and finalize details regarding performance times, number of
                                                                                songs, other special situations, and more.
         Ages for Program:                                 all
              Location:                  City Greenhouse, 2501 SE Maury
                                                                                           Program Times:                         1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                  Registration Begins: 1/4/2019             Registration Ends: 4/29/2019
Urban Archery Season                                                                                               Cost: Free
This program links proficient archers with property owners in Des Moines on               Ages for Program:                            18 and older
private property and some selected park areas to address the overpopulation
of deer. A Proficiency Test and the Bow Hunters Safety Course through Iowa                     Location:                    Captain Roy’s Birdland Marina
DNR required. By approved permit only.

                    September 14 - January 26, 2020
                                               ½ Hour before Sunset –
           Program Times:
                                                ½ hour after Sunset
  Registration Begins: 8/1/2019            Registration Ends: 8/23/2019
         Cost: $10 before September 1, $20 after September 1st
            Park Area Registration: 8/1/2019 to 8/23/2019

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Yoga in the Parks
                                                                              Volunteer instructor led Yoga sessions in our parks on Saturday
                                                                              mornings. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact
                                                                              parksvolunteer@dmgov.org. Sponsored by Unity Point Health - Des Moines.
FREE Flicks
Neighborhood Association sponsored events in our parks, on Thursday
nights. Movie starts at sundown usually offered May - August.                                Start Day                               June 1, 2019
                                                                                                                     June
              Start Day                              May 18, 2019                        Program Times:                        9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
                                May - August                                      Program Begins: 6/1/2019                  Program Ends: 9/30/2019
           Program Times:                      9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.                                            Cost: Free
                                  Cost: Free                                            Ages for Program:                        8 years and above
         Ages for Program:                         4 - 99 years old                          Location:                  Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden
              Location:                         parks around the city
                                                                              Kids in Parks - May 18th
Saturday, May 18 – Gray’s Lake Park (National Kids to Parks Day)              The City of Des Moines is celebrating National Kids in Parks Day on Saturday,
(2101 Fleur Drive)                                                            May 18 at Gray’s Lake Park. This is a national day of outdoor play celebrated
                                                                              by parks, cities, and towns nationwide. Thousands of families across the
Thursday, June 6 – Witmer Park (1610 34th Street)                             United States will be celebrating along with Des Moines. Here is a list of the
                                                                              activities that are part of the celebration!
Thursday, June 13 – Grandview Park (3230 Easton Boulevard)
                                                                              10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. – $1 Bike and Boat Rentals
Thursday, June 20 – Evergreen Park (2000 Evergreen Avenue)
                                                                              Enjoy a 30-minute bike or boat rental for just $1 all day from 10 a.m. -
                                                                              8 p.m. Rentals are located at the concessions window just below the Christine
Thursday, June 27 – Bates Park (330 Clark Street)
                                                                              Hensley Terrace.
Saturday, July 6 – Park Madness Winner (TBD)
                                                                              10:00 a.m. – Plant.Grow.Fly. (Butterfly Garden Planting)
                                                                              Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and
Thursday, July 11 – Woodlawn Park (3200 38th Street)
                                                                              pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. From 10:00 a.m. - 12:00
                                                                              p.m. will be a Plant.Grow.Fly. event at the Christine Hensley Terrace. Sign up
Thursday, July 18 – Belle Turner Park (800 Jerlynn Avenue)
                                                                              to be part of the program and not only will you help create the a new Butterfly
                                                                              Garden with native Iowa species, but you will make a butterfly friendly planter
Thursday, July 25 – Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive)
                                                                              to take home with you on the same day. Be prepared to get your hands dirty
                                                                              and do a little work to help out Monarchs and pollinators. Registration for
Thursday, August 1 – Cheatom Park (1100 Day Street)
                                                                              the event is limit to 25 participants and there is a fee of $10 per take home
                                                                              planter created. Everyone is welcome, anyone under 16 years of age must
Saturday, August 10 – Ewing Park (Star Party - Lilac Arboretum)
                                                                              be accompanied by an adult.
(5300 Indianola Avenue)
                                                                              8:30 p.m. – Free Flicks Movie Series – This will serve as the kickoff event
                                                                              to the 2019 Free Flicks Movie Series. The movie will start at approximately
                                                                              8:30 p.m. on the southeast lawn. Families are encouraged to bring chairs or
                                                                              blankets to sit out under the stars to enjoy this unique opportunity at Gray’s
                                                                              Lake Park.

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Bookwalk
Bookwalk, the collaborative program with the Des Moines Public Library
returns this summer. You don’t have to sit down to enjoy a good book; read
along while enjoying a different book each month at a different park.
May – Planting a Rainbow – Waveland Trail                                          Bike Back to School - August 3rd
June – Growing Vegetable Soup – Evelyn K. Davis Park                               Bike Back to School is presented in partnership by the Des Moines Police
July – One Duck Stuck – Gray’s Lake Park                                           Department, Des Moines Street Collective and Des Moines Parks and
August – In the Small, Small Pond – Sargent Park                                   Recreation. A minimum of 50 bikes will be given away to the first 50 eligible
                                                                                   children based on qualifications for free and reduced school lunch. Helmets,
                                                                                   locks and lessons will also be provided.

Tour DM Parks                                                                                 Program Times:                        9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
This July, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is once again celebrating
National Parks and Recreation Month by inviting residents to get out and                                              Cost: Free
take a tour of our parks, trails and facilities with “Tour DM Parks.” From July              Ages for Program:                       4 years old and older
1 - 31 participants can visit 31 designated spots in the park system and share a                  Location:                      Police station, West entrance
photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tourdmparks2019.
Those who visit all 31 locations are eligible to compete to win the grand prize
of $1,000 CASH courtesy of the Friends of Des Moines Parks.
                                                                                   Nature Trail Running Series
For the full tour itinerary, contest information and mobile friendly map, visit    Runners of all levels, explore with Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines and the
dmparks.org/tourdmparks.                                                           Capital Striders, nature trails in our park system.

                                                                                                  Start Day                             August 21, 2019
Youth Music Summer Camp                                                                                       Wednesdays for 4 weeks
The Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines
Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for                      Program Times:                         6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
middle school students to meet new friends and have an education and fun                                              Cost: Free
music experience - join our talented teachers at Hip Hop or Rock and Roll                    Ages for Program:                           18 and above
Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands,
                                                                                                                                     Ewing, Greenwood &
learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show! Two live                             Location:
                                                                                                                                       Grandview Parks
performances: Thursday, June 27 at Hoyt Middle School and Friday, July 12
at 80/35 Music Festival.

               Start Day                              June 17, 2019

                                             Hip Hop - 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
                                            Rock - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.,
           Program Times:
                                            Final Performance at 6 p.m. on
                                                       6/27/19
   Registration Begins: 3/1/2019            Registration Ends: 6/10/2019
                    Cost: $40 per individual, per section
          Ages for Program:                               11-15
                                            Hoyt Middle School (Class and
               Location:
                                                 Final Performance)

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Community Garden                                                                  Volunteer

Community Garden Registration -
Open Registration
The 2019 open reservation period will begin April 1, 2019. Both returning
gardeners and/or new gardeners may rent whatever plots are available in an        Cache in Trash Out - April 20th
effort to keep the garden full, maintained and weed-free. We will continue to     Give back, clean-up and find the “cached” prizes. Join us Easter weekend to
place new gardeners in 2019 as plots open up. Please check our availability       go on a fun family eco-hunt. City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Iowa
or let us know if you are interested in renting a plot.                           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
               Start Day                               April 1, 2019              quality!
                            April 1 - November 15
           Program Times:                                 All Day                            Program Times:                         9:00am - 12:00pm
          Our open registration period begins April 1 and any                                                        Cost: Free
        remaining available plots will be open to fill. Please check                        Ages for Program:                             All Ages
                   availability online at dmparks.org.
                                                                                                                            Meeting at Pal Joey’s and walking
                             Cost: $25.00 per plot                                               Location:
                                                                                                                            along the creek North and South
          Ages for Program:                                Any
                                             Franklin, Downtown and
               Location:
                                           Woodlawn Community Gardens             UPCYCLE
                                                                                  Join the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Blank Park Zoo, Iowa
                                                                                  National Heritage Foundation, and Trees Forever as we work to remove
                                                                                  invasive species and restore native prairies and woodlands. Some species
                                                                                  that we cut will go to Blank Park Zoo and provide food and enrichment for
                                                                                  their animals. Work will be done at Gray’s Lake and the first 30 volunteers
                                                                                  (age 21+) will receive a free drink ticket for Confluence Brewery following the
                                                                                  event. All materials and tools will be provided.

                                                                                                 Start Day                             June 20, 2019
                                                                                                June 20, July 18, August 15, Sept 19 (rain date)
                                                                                             Program Times:                        5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                    Registration Begins: 6/20/2019            Registration Ends: 9/19/2019
                                                                                                                     Cost: Free
                                                                                            Ages for Program:                            14 and up
                                                                                                 Location:                              Gray’s Lake
                                                                                                                              Parking will be announced for
                                                                                                  Notes:                       each event due to ongoing
                                                                                                                             construction at Gray’s Lake Park

    For questions about our programs or shelter rentals, call 515-237-1386 | 42         43 | Register online and find program/event information at dmparks.org
Nature Trail Running Series
                                                                                    Like to run outdoors? We’re looking for volunteers to lead runners on our
                                                                                    trails on August 21 and September 4 and 11. Leaders will work with staff to
                                                                                    scout out the trail to make sure it is safe and will be the lead runner on the
                                                                                    designated day. Help us get more people exposed to the fun of the great
National Bike and Pedestrian                                                        outdoors! Background check required.
Documentation Project                                                               https://cityofdesmoinesparksandrecreationdepartment.volunteerlocal.
                                                                                    com/volunteer/?id=35546
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                                                    Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. -
                                                                                               Program Times:
of Des Moines staff write grants, create new trails, and improve existing trails.                                                        8:00 p.m.
There are three opportunities to volunteer, visit dmparks.org.                                                                       Ewing, Greenwood &
                                                                                                   Location:
                                                                                                                                       Grandview Parks
               Start Day                           September 10, 2019
                             September 10, 11, 14
                                              9/10 4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                    Adopt - A - Block
                                                                                    Adopt-A-Block volunteers are needed at Glendale, Laurel Hill and Woodland
           Program Times:                     9/11 4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
                                                                                    Cemeteries. Volunteers help pick up branches, trim bushes, clear decorations,
                                              9/14 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
                                                                                    monitor for vandalism, and provide general maintenance at our municipal
                                              Mid August - Registration on          cemeteries from April-October. We are seeking returning volunteers and
         Registration Begins:
                                                   Volunteer Local                  those that are interested in helping our cemeteries to join us on April Fool’s
          Registration Ends:                           9/10/2019                    Day, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. Cemetery Manager, Ganesh Ganpat, will provide
                                                                                    dinner and cover what our Adopt-A-Block program is all about.
                                   Cost: N/A
          Ages for Program:                             15 and Up
                                                                                               Program Times:                        5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
               Location:                            Various Locations
                                                                                                                                  Richard A. Clark Municipal
                                                                                                   Location:
                                                                                                                                  Service Center-Board Room

Yoga in the Park Instructors
Help us bring yoga to everyone in our community on Saturday mornings
June-September! Be a part of the original Des Moines’ Yoga in the Park
                                                                                    Memorial Day Weekend Help -
series. Instructors can volunteer one time or multiple times…whatever fits          May 24th - 27th
their schedule! This year we celebrate 10 years since this amazing program          Love history, working with the public and are ready to honor a national tradition
began. Yoga instructors from throughout the metro area are volunteering             and those it remembers? Our local cemeteries are alive with memories and
their time to teach the weekly sessions, giving participants a different yoga       volunteers can help preserve those memories and experiences. Memorial
experience each week. No registration for the class is required . . . the           Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated years following the Civil
public can just show up any or all Saturday mornings at 9:00, ready to relax,       War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. The day honors men and
release and enjoy the experience. Classes will be cancelled in the event of         women who died while serving the military. Many people observe the day
rain. Background Check Required. Email parksvolunteer@dmgov.org or call             by visiting cemeteries or memorials and decorating graves. Over Memorial
(515)237-1386 if you are interested.                                                Day weekend, we are seeking helpers to assist keeping our cemeteries clean
                                                                                    and beautiful, greeting our visitors, helping guests locate loved ones in their
                            June 1 - September 28                                   cemetery block and providing help with floral sales.
           Program Times:                        9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                               Program Times:                        5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
               Location:                  Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden
                                                                                                                                     Glendale Cemetery,
                                                                                                                                     4909 University Ave.
                                                                                                   Location:
                                                                                                                                     Laurel Hill Cemetery,
                                                                                                                                     3601 East Court Ave.

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Cemetery

Decoration Clean-up and Flag                                                          Woodland
Removal - July 1st - 5th                                                              Cemetery Tours
Decoration Day began after the Civil War. After World War I, it became a              Join local historian and educator Archie Cook on a tour through
way to honor those that died serving in any war or military action. Today we          the grassy knolls and stately trees of one of our city’s oldest
know this holiday as Memorial Day. Many people observe the holiday by                 treasures. Tours (rain or shine) are recommended for those ages
visiting graves of loved ones, leaving decorations in their memory. By July, the
                                                                                      10 and up, last approximately 2.5 hours and are free. A donation
weather and elements have taken a toll on the decorations and they are ready
to be removed. Volunteers will assist in removing decorations and properly            is suggested and will go towards the Woodland Monument
disposing of them. Training will be provided on the day of the cleanup.               Restoration Project.
Volunteers will be working outside, and should be able to bend, lift and walk.
https://cityofdesmoinesparksandrecreationdepartment.volunteerlocal.                   Children and strollers are permitted but some sections of the tour
com/volunteer/?id=35465                                                               will not be easily accessible for strollers due to rough terrain.
                                                                                      Registration is limited to 50. Visit facebook.com/desmoinesparks
           Shifts: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.                     to select your date and sign up.
        Monday, July 1st Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave.
       Tuesday, July 2nd Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave.
     Wednesday, July 3rd Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave.                      April 13th 		             1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
        Friday, July 5th Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3601 East Court Ave.                   May 11th 		               1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
                                                                                      June 8th 		               9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
                                                                                      July 13th 		              9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Prairie Clean-up - July 19th                                                          August 17th 		            9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Glendale Wildflower Scattering Area is a natural prairie located in
Glendale Cemetery. Native grasses and wildflowers create a comfortable                September 14th            1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
environment to scatter the remains of loved ones. Native prairie plants               October 12th 		           1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
provide deep roots that have held our rich Iowa soil together for centuries.
They also provide a diverse habitat rich with flora and fauna that visitors can
enjoy while at the cemetery. However, some prairie plants can grow so tall
that they start to fall over into the walking path. Volunteers will work with staff
to cut back plants along the paths to make our visitor’s experience much more
relaxed and enjoyable. Join us for a morning along the prairie enjoying the
summer sun and nature.
https://cityofdesmoinesparksandrecreationdepartment.volunteerlocal.
com/volunteer/?id=35468

            Program Times:                       8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                                                  Glendale Cemetery,
               Location:
                                                  4909 University Ave.

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