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PROGRAM

GUIDE

Spring/Summer 2019

PARKS AND RECREATION


Table of Contents Rentals 5 GRASP 6 Aquatics 8 Athletics 12 Community Recreation Centers 22 Environmental Education 26 Parks 36 Special Events 37 Community Garden 42 Volunteer 43 Cemetery 47 Locations 49 Photo Release Please note photos taken during programs, events or at facilities could be used for future communications, marketing and public relations efforts including social media.

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

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

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

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

Text Message Notifications

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

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Parks and Recreation Information Rentals

Mayor

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 – baby shower, class reunion, birthday party, wedding and more – you can find the right sized venue.

City Council

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

Available facilities:

Parks and Recreation Board

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

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

Sammy F. Pugh William Thompson Bill Nassif George Davis (Chair) James Bollard Andrea Woodard 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 and rentals.

How do I qualify?

Rules: • Be a Des Moines Resident • Meet established income guidelines Household Size

Household Income

1

$30,350

2

$41,150

3

$51,950

4

$62,750

5

$73,550

6

$84,350

Regular Cost

Cost with GRASP card

Swim Lessons

$30

$5

Individual Passes

$45

$11.25

Family (2 people)

$80

$20

Family (3 people)

$110

$27.50

Family (4 people)

$140

$35

Family (5 people)

$145

$40

Family (6 people)

$150

$45

Additional GRASP card discounts:

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

• 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the Science Center of Iowa • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the Blank Park ZOO • 1 free child admission with a paid adult admission to the Benton Skating Plaza For questions about our programs or shelter rentals, call 515-237-1386

What do I get? • • • • • •

Receive 50% off the following: Bike Rentals Boat Rentals Open-Air Shelters PeeWee Individual Sports Youth Individual Sports

GRASP

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

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

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Aquatics Half-Price Admission Nights

Make a splash at the pool Monday-Thursday from 5:00-6:30pm throughout the summer! Half-price daily admission applies. Monday-Thursday in June, July and August Program Times:

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Half-price daily admission. Ages for Program: All Ages

National Swim a Lap Day - June 24th

Grab your goggles and jump into one of the aquatic facilities and swim a lap or two. Celebrate the sport of swimming with the City of Des Moines! Program Times:

Regular hours

Cost: Half-price admission all day. Ages for Program: All Ages

Location: All Pools

Location: All Pools

Military Appreciation Day - July 4th

Private Rental

Rent one of our aquatic facilities for your next event! Rentals are available to all persons, organizations, clubs and youth groups. Reservations are arranged 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 complete your reservation. Rental requests must be made online at least 10 days prior to the date of facility use. All facilities are available for private rental June 8 - July 31. 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. Ages for Program: All Ages

Location: All Pools

Family Days

Grab the family and jump into the pool! Enjoy Family Day at all City of Des Moines aquatic facilities. Second Friday of each month: June 14, July 12, August 9 Program Times:

Regular hours Cost: $5 per family

Ages for Program: All Ages

Location: All Pools

Father’s Day - June 16th

Make a splash on Father’s Day, as we honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood with complimentary admission for fathers. Program Times:

Regular hours

Celebrate our nation’s independence with the City of Des Moines! For those who serve or have served our country, receive free admission to our aquatic facilities. Thank you for your service! Program Times:

Regular hours

Cost: Free admission for active duty, retired and veteran military personnel with military identification card. Immediate family members with military personnel receive half-price admission. Ages for Program: All Ages

Location: All Pools

National Parents’ Day - July 28th

National Parents’ Day is a day to honor all parents. Stop by the aquatic centers and make a splash with your kids! Program Times:

Regular hours

Cost: Free admission for parents (adult admission) with a paid youth admission. Ages for Program: All Ages

Location: All Pools

Doggie Dive

An opportunity for dogs to celebrate the last day of the pool season! Dogs must be able to swim and be supervised by their owners at all times. Cost: $4 per dog, Regular admission for owners 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.

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 July 8 - 12

June 10 - 14 Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. Each lesson is 45 minutes.

Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. 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 July 15 - 19

June 17 - 21 Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. Each lesson is 45 minutes.

Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. 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 July 22 - 26

June 24 - 28 Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. Each lesson is 45 minutes.

Program Times:

Start times vary: 9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Five (5) lessons total. 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

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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.

Flag Football Start Day

September 3, 2019

Program Times:

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 5/1/19

Registration Ends: 8/1/19

Cost: $40 Ages for Program:

3-6

Location:

James W. Cownie Soccer Park

Youth Athletics – Elementary 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 sports. Teams will be separated into single grade groups: 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th and 5th grade divisions. Each team will have a parent coach. Standings and 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 take place at the end of the season. All equipment, including a jersey will be provided.

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: $40 Ages for Program:

Cost: $50/person; $475/team Ages for Program:

1st grade - 5th grade

Location:

Area schools and James W. Cownie Soccer, Championship games played at Drake Stadium

3-4

Location:

James W. Cownie Baseball Park

Tee-Ball Start Day

September 3, 2019

Program Times:

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 6/1/19

Registration Ends: 8/1/19

Cost: $40 Ages for Program:

5-6

Location:

James W. Cownie Baseball Park

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Coach Pitch Baseball Start Day

September 3, 2019

Program Times:

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 6/1/19

Registration Ends: 8/1/19

Cost: $50 Ages for Program:

Grades 1st and 2nd

Location:

James W. Cownie Baseball Park

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Youth Athletics – Middle School Basketball Start Day

November 2, 2019

Boys division grades 3-5, Girls grade 5 on Saturdays; Boys and Girls grades 1-2, and Girls 3-4 on Sundays Program Times:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekends; 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:

1st grade - 5th grade

Location:

Pioneer Columbus, Fourmile and area schools

Note:

Leagues separated by gender

Des Moines Parks and Recreation and Des Moines Public Schools partner to offer these programs. Participants may register a team or individuals for all 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 kept and officials provided unless otherwise noted. Practices and games will be held at least once per week and league tournaments will take place at the end of the season. All equipment, including a jersey will be provided.

Flag Football Start Day

September 7, 2019

Program Times:

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 5/1/19

Registration Ends: 8/1/19

Cost: $50/person; $475/team Ages for Program:

6th and 7th grades

Location:

Area schools and James W. 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 Program Times:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. weekends; 5:45 - 8:00 p.m. weeknights

Registration Begins: 8/1/19

Registration Ends: 10/1/19

Cost: $60/person; $550/team

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Ages for Program:

6th and 7th grades

Location:

Pioneer Columbus, Fourmile and 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

Cost: $150.00 Ages for Program:

18 + (open), 35 and over

Location:

Pioneer Columbus

Bags - Summer

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 serving concessions and adult beverages. Teams of two adults (18 and older) compete for six weeks. Duos race to a score of 21 and play a set of three games. Match times range from 5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and will be determined after all of the teams have been finalized. Start Day

June 5, 2019 Wednesday and Thursday

Program Times:

5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 4/1/2019

Registration Ends: 6/1/2019

Cost: $35.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

Downtown Hub Spot

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Bags - Fall Start Day

September 4, 2019

Program Times:

5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 7/1/2019

Registration Ends: 8/15/2019

Cost: $35.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

Downtown Hub Spot

Flag Football - Fall

Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers competitive and recreational ADULT FLAG FOOTBALL leagues with separate leagues for men and women. A 7-game schedule offers once a week play on weeknights, Monday through 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

September 3, 2019

Monday - Thursday & Sunday Program Times:

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. M-Th 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Registration Begins: 7/1/2019

Registration Ends: 8/15/2019

Cost: $250.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

Ashfield Park

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Softball - Summer Kickball - Summer

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 Complex (4980 NE 46th Street) on Wednesday evenings. Start Day

May 1, 2019

Program Times:

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 2/1/2019

Registration Ends: 4/1/2019

Cost: $195.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

GDM Softball 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 Complex (4980 NE 46th Street) on Wednesday evenings. Start Day

September 4, 2019

Program Times:

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 7/1/2019

Registration Ends: 8/15/2019

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 the original entry fee! In addition those teams that win either the league or league tournament qualify to participate in the Davis Tournament of Champions, a free event . Start Day

May 1, 2019

Wednesday-Friday & Sunday Program Times:

6:30 p.m - 9:20 p.m. Weeknight; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Registration Begins: 2/1/2019

Registration Ends: 4/1/2019

Cost: $390.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

GDM complex

Softball - Fall

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 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 are already ASA registered. Start Day

Cost: $195.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

GDM Softball Complex

September 1, 2019

Wednesday - Friday and Sunday Program Times:

6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m. Weeknight; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Registration Begins: 7/1/2019

Registration Ends: 8/15/2019

Cost: $195.00

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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.

Registration Begins: 2/1/2019

Registration Ends: 4/1/2019

Cost: $390.00 Ages for Program:

18+

Location:

GDM complex

Softball - District Fastpitch

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting the Men’s 12” Fast-Pitch Softball Central Iowa #4 District Tournament, qualifying for State Championship Tournaments. District Tournament games will be played, early July. The field location is the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex, 4980 NE 46th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The tournament format will be pool play or three game bracket play, depending on the number of entered teams. Entry Deadline Online: Sunday, June 1 – NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Entry Fee: $140.00 per team, plus $27.00 per team ASA fee, is required if not a current ASA member. Teams currently playing in the Des Moines leagues are already ASA registered. Roster: Official ASA team roster listing a maximum 20 players must be submitted before your first game. Start Day

Ultimate Frisbee

This fall, Des Moines Parks and Recreation will offer Adult Coed Ultimate Frisbee League at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex. Ultimate Frisbee combines the running of soccer, the jumping, passing, and turnovers of basketball, and the deep throws into the end zone of football. The object 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 endzone. League play will begin mid-August and conclude early November. A post-season tournament will follow regular season play. Start Day

August 14, 2019 Wednesdays

Program Times:

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 5/1/2019

Registration Ends: 7/15/2019

Cost: $25.00 Ages for Program:

16+

Location:

James W. Cownie Soccer

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 table tennis. Start Day

January 2, 2019

Late February to November, Tuesday and Thursday evenings Program Times:

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 12/31/2019

Kids vs Cops

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 interact with the Police Department. Come out and have some fun! May 1, 2019 - Basketball and pizza party Start Day

Cost: Youth (15 under) $2.00 / Adult $5.00 visit Ages for Program:

12 and up

Location:

Fourmile

Polk County Senior Meal Site

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

August 1, 2019 August - April

Program Times:

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Cost: Free

Ages for Program:

12-18

Location:

Fourmile

Senior Striders Walking Club

This program is a climate controlled gym with benches for resting between laps.16 laps around the gym is a mile. Start Day

Start Day

January 2, 2019 January - December

Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 12/30/2019

Cost: Suggested Donation based on income. Ages for Program:

60 and over

Location:

Fourmile and Pioneer Columbus

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January 2, 2019

January - December, Monday - Friday Program Times:

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 12/2/2019

60 and up free, 59 and under $1.00 Ages for Program:

Everyone Welcome

Location:

Fourmile

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Morning Pickleball

A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but can develop into a fast paced, competitive game for experienced players. Start Day

January 2, 2019

Police Athletic League Boxing Club

Youth ages 10-18 develop both physical and emotional maturity needed to become successful adults. Positive discipline, effective leadership and a supportive peer group are all found within the DMPD Boxing Club. Start Day

January - December, Monday - Friday Program Times:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 12/31/2019

January 2, 2019 January - December

Program Times:

3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. during school year, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during summer

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 12/31/2019

Cost: $2 per day or $15 per month Ages for Program:

10 and older

Location:

Pioneer Columbus

Evening Pickleball

Cost: Free Ages for Program:

10-18

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 Birding Basics

This program is free and open to all ages. Participants take a casual walk at Gray’s Lake in search of migrating and residential birds. John Bissell leads the group, pointing out birds, talking about their habits and answering questions. Great for beginners and people with some experience. Wednesdays, March - May, 11-11:45 am. 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 terrace on the south side of Gray’s Lake. For the second half of the series we will search for songbirds such as warblers, vireos, thrushes, and sparrows. Start Day

March 6, 2019 March - May, Wednesdays

Program Times:

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Program Begins: 3/6/2019

Program Ends: 5/29/2019

Cost: Free Event Ages for Program:

All ages

Location:

Gray’s Lake Park Terrace

Bald Eagle Nest Viewing

Stop by the Bald Eagle nest at Gray’s Lake on Tuesdays, April - June and we 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 will be watching and answering questions about the eaglets as they mature. There is no fee and everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Start Day

April 2, 2019

Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation Environmental Education in Ewing Park 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 eggs hidden in the park. After a brief introduction and some directions on how to use the GPS, participants will go out on a “GPS Egg Hunt” in the park. For each correct location that they find, they will get to pick up a small prize 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. Program Times:

1:00 p.m. start or 2:00 p.m. start

Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 4/13/2019

Cost: $10 per person collecting prizes Ages for Program:

All ages. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Location:

Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

Downtown Earth Day Tour April 20th

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 away milkweed plants that monarch caterpillars eat to survive. Make sure to find our booth at the Science Center of Iowa and join in the conservation fun. Program Times:

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost: $5

Ages for Program:

All ages

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

Location:

Gray’s Lake Northwest Parking 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 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 involve learning about what pollinators 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 planters will help support pollinators and participants will take it home with them. The last part of the program will actually be planting native Iowa species of plants in a new Butterfly Garden. 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 the fee is $10 per take home planter created.

Milkweed Planting for Monarchs at James W. Cownie Baseball Complex May 24th

In an effort to increase habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is planting several species of milkweeds in some of our parks. This time we are adding milkweed plants to the James W. Cownie Baseball Complex and we are going to need some help putting the plants into the ground and getting watered so they will survive. Participants will listen to a short informative presentation about Monarch Butterflies, receive instructions 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 Ages for Program:

All ages program . Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Location:

Enjoy the night sky looking for Mars, the Blue Moon and Jupiter. 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 and information about what you are viewing. Come dressed for the outdoor weather. Feel free to bring your own telescope along if you would like. This is a free event for all ages. 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Cost: Free Event Ages for Program: Location:

Ages for Program:

Adults 18 years and older

Location:

James W. Cownie Baseball Park

Gray’s Lake Park

Star Viewing at Ewing Park May 18th

Program Times:

Cost: Free Event

All ages event Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

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Milkweeds for Monarch Butterflies at Ewing Park - May 31st

In an effort to increase habitat for Monarch Butterflies, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is planting several species of milkweeds in some of our parks. This time we are adding milkweed plants to the prairie in Ewing Park and we are going to need some help putting the plants into the ground and getting watered so they will survive. Participants will listen to a short informative presentation about Monarch Butterflies, receive instructions on how to handle the milkweed plants and then we will get our hands dirty. Program Times:

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 5/31/2019

Cost: Free Event Ages for Program: Location:

Adults 18 years an older Ewing Park south prairie area

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Free Fishing Friday - June 7th Train the Trainer Stand Up Paddleboard Class - June 1st and 2nd

This is a two day class for people that will be leading and instructing other groups how to Stand Up Paddleboard. Class will include classroom lecture, 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 paddling on a river. Registration is required and the fee is $25.00 contact todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov. Program Times:

TBA

Registration Begins: 1/1/2019

Registration Ends: 5/30/2019

Cost: $25.00 Ages for Program:

Adults 18 and over

Location:

Gray’s Lake Park

Plant.Grow.Fly. at the North Side Library - June 4th

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. Parks and Recreation 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 you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators 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 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 the North Side Library. Program Times:

3:30 p.m.

Registration Begins: 3/1/19

Registration Ends: 6/4/19

Cost: Free program Ages for Program:

5-12

Location:

North Side Library

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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 ages are welcome and there is no pre-registration. Program Times:

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cost: Free

Ages for Program:

All ages program

Location:

Gray’s Lake Park Northwest Parking Lot

Stand Up Paddleboard Introduction Classes

This program is designed to introduce and expose the participants to sufficient skills and knowledge, so that they can enjoy the sport of Stand 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 and gear is limited. Start Day

June 9, 2019

Introduction Class also offered in July and August Program Times:

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 6/7/2019

Cost: $25.00 Ages for Program:

Participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Location:

Gray’s Lake Park Northwest Parking Lot

July 13th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 7/13/2019

Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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 and information about what you are viewing. Come dressed for the outdoor weather. Feel free to bring your own telescope along if you would like. This is a free event for all ages. Program Times:

9:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Cost: Free Event

Ages for Program: Location:

All ages Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

iEARTH Camps

Get in touch with the world around you through activities like water quality research, ecology, hiking, tree identification, species documentation, nature investigation and more! iEARTH is a partnership between the Science 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! Start Day

June 17, 2019

Various weeks during the summer Program Times:

9:00 a.m.

Registration Begins:

Contact SCI for details 515-274-6868

Registration Ends:

Contact SCI for details 515-274-6868

Stand Up Paddleboard with the Naturalist

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 under 16 years old must have an adult present to participate. Pre-registration is required. Program Times:

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cost: $10.00

Ages for Program:

Anyone under 16 years old must have an adult present to participate.

Location:

Gray’s Lake Park Northwest Parking Lot

June 18th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 6/18/2019

June 27th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 6/27/2019

July 17th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 7/17/2019

Cost: Contact Science Center of Iowa for details Ages for Program:

Grades 1st-8th

Location:

MacRae Park and Gray’s Lake Park

July 23rd Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 7/23/2019

August 13th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

Registration Ends: 8/13/2019

August 27th Registration Begins: 11/14/2018

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Registration Ends: 8/27/2019

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Plant.Grow.Fly. at the South Side Library - June 28th

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and pollinators in our city parks and you can help too. Parks and Recreation along with the South Side Library will host a Plant.Grow.Fly. event. Sign up to be part of the program and learn about Monarchs and pollinators and you will make a butterfly friendly planter to take home with you on the same day. The first part of the program will involve learning about what pollinators 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 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 the South Side Library. Program Times:

2:30 p.m.

Registration Begins: 4/1/2019

Registration Ends: 6/28/2019

STAR Party - August 10th

For over 2000 years, the Perseid meteor shower has been the most active meteor shower of the year. STAR Party is being held during the meteor shower, August 10 at the Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum. The meteors will not be visible until later that night but there is a full slate of fun for the whole family leading up to the action in the sky. Kid friendly fun starts at 6:00 p.m. with crafts, experiments and activities. While the sun is setting we will have guest speakers to teach you about the night sky and the interesting things you can see there. Starting about 9:00 p.m. when it is dark enough, a feature movie will be shown on the outdoor movie screen. Overnight primitive camping available by reservation for a fee. Program Times:

6:00 p.m. Cost: Free program

Ages for Program: Location:

All ages Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

Cost: Free program Ages for Program: Location:

5-12 South Side Library

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Parks

Special Events

International Lilac Conference

The International Lilac Society is holding their annual conference in Des Moines. Start Day

May 2, 2019

Program Times:

3 day event

Registration Begins: 2/1/2019

Registration Ends: 4/12/2019

Cost: $250 Ages for Program:

All ages

Location:

Ewing Park May 4th

Spring Perennial Divide - May 17th

Home owners looking to donate plants from their garden are welcome to drop off the plants at the City Greenhouse. Plants will be donated to neighborhood associations, schools, non-profits and back to the Parks. Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 5/16/2019

Registration Ends: 5/18/2019

Cost: Free Ages for Program:

all

Location:

City Greenhouse, 2501 SE Maury

Urban Archery Season

This program links proficient archers with property owners in Des Moines on private property and some selected park areas to address the overpopulation of deer. A Proficiency Test and the Bow Hunters Safety Course through Iowa DNR required. By approved permit only.

Mayors Annual Ride and Run (MARR) April 20th Proceeds from both events go towards area trails.

Program Times:

Run 9:00 a.m. and Bike Ride 10:00 a.m.

Registration Begins: 1/2/2019

Registration Ends: 4/20/2019

Cost: $35, $50 day of event Ages for Program:

9 years and older

Location:

Principal Park

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 Roy’s (adjacent to Birdland Marina) on Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for bands or performers of any musical genre who are or whose members are mostly, if not all, 18 years of age or younger. A band/ 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 Music Coalition assemble the lineup for the performance. Bands/performers will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the show to confirm their commitment and finalize details regarding performance times, number of songs, other special situations, and more. Program Times:

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Begins: 1/4/2019

Registration Ends: 4/29/2019

Cost: Free Ages for Program:

18 and older

Location:

Captain Roy’s Birdland Marina

September 14 - January 26, 2020 Program Times:

½ Hour before Sunset – 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 May - August

Program Times:

Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Program Begins: 6/1/2019

Program Ends: 9/30/2019

Cost: Free

9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Cost: Free

Ages for Program:

4 - 99 years old

Location:

parks around the city

Saturday, May 18 – Gray’s Lake Park (National Kids to Parks Day) (2101 Fleur Drive) Thursday, June 6 – Witmer Park (1610 34th Street) Thursday, June 13 – Grandview Park (3230 Easton Boulevard) Thursday, June 20 – Evergreen Park (2000 Evergreen Avenue) Thursday, June 27 – Bates Park (330 Clark Street) Saturday, July 6 – Park Madness Winner (TBD) Thursday, July 11 – Woodlawn Park (3200 38th Street) Thursday, July 18 – Belle Turner Park (800 Jerlynn Avenue) Thursday, July 25 – Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Drive) Thursday, August 1 – Cheatom Park (1100 Day Street) Saturday, August 10 – Ewing Park (Star Party - Lilac Arboretum) (5300 Indianola Avenue)

Ages for Program:

8 years and above

Location:

Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden

Kids in Parks - May 18th

The City of Des Moines is celebrating National Kids in Parks Day on Saturday, 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 United States will be celebrating along with Des Moines. Here is a list of the activities that are part of the celebration! 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. – $1 Bike and Boat Rentals 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 Hensley Terrace. 10:00 a.m. – Plant.Grow.Fly. (Butterfly Garden Planting) Des Moines Parks and Recreation is helping Monarch butterflies and 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 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 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 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 be accompanied by an adult. 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 June – Growing Vegetable Soup – Evelyn K. Davis Park July – One Duck Stuck – Gray’s Lake Park August – In the Small, Small Pond – Sargent Park

Tour DM Parks

This July, Des Moines Parks and Recreation is once again celebrating National Parks and Recreation Month by inviting residents to get out and take a tour of our parks, trails and facilities with “Tour DM Parks.” From July 1 - 31 participants can visit 31 designated spots in the park system and share a 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. For the full tour itinerary, contest information and mobile friendly map, visit dmparks.org/tourdmparks.

Bike Back to School - August 3rd

Bike Back to School is presented in partnership by the Des Moines Police Department, Des Moines Street Collective and Des Moines Parks and 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. Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Cost: Free

Ages for Program:

4 years old and older

Location:

Police station, West entrance

Nature Trail Running Series

Runners of all levels, explore with Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines and the Capital Striders, nature trails in our park system. Start Day

Youth Music Summer Camp

The Des Moines Music Coalition in collaboration with the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department, presents an exceptional opportunity for middle school students to meet new friends and have an education and fun music experience - join our talented teachers at Hip Hop or Rock and Roll Camp! In a hands-on setting, camp staff will lead students to form bands, learn songs, rehearse a program and put on a LIVE rock show! Two live performances: Thursday, June 27 at Hoyt Middle School and Friday, July 12 at 80/35 Music Festival. Start Day

June 17, 2019

Program Times:

Hip Hop - 9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Rock - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Final Performance at 6 p.m. on 6/27/19

Registration Begins: 3/1/2019

Registration Ends: 6/10/2019

August 21, 2019 Wednesdays for 4 weeks

Program Times:

6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Free

Ages for Program:

18 and above

Location:

Ewing, Greenwood & Grandview Parks

Cost: $40 per individual, per section Ages for Program:

11-15

Location:

Hoyt Middle School (Class and 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 effort to keep the garden full, maintained and weed-free. We will continue to place new gardeners in 2019 as plots open up. Please check our availability or let us know if you are interested in renting a plot. Start Day

April 1, 2019

Cache in Trash Out - April 20th

Give back, clean-up and find the “cached” prizes. Join us Easter weekend to go on a fun family eco-hunt. City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Iowa Geocacher’s Association, Westwood Neighborhood Association, Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, and other concerned citizens invite you on our unique hunt for trash. Help improve our creeks and Central Iowa’s water quality!

April 1 - November 15 Program Times:

All Day

Program Times:

9:00am - 12:00pm

Our open registration period begins April 1 and any remaining available plots will be open to fill. Please check availability online at dmparks.org.

Ages for Program:

All Ages

Cost: $25.00 per plot

Location:

Meeting at Pal Joey’s and walking along the creek North and South

Ages for Program:

Any

Location:

Franklin, Downtown and Woodlawn Community Gardens

Cost: Free

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

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Ages for Program:

14 and up

Location:

Gray’s Lake

Notes:

Parking will be announced for each event due to ongoing construction at Gray’s Lake Park

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Nature Trail Running Series National Bike and Pedestrian Documentation Project

The National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project is coming up, and we need your help! Volunteers will monitor trail usage at priority sites across the Des Moines trail system. Data collected from this project helps City of Des Moines staff write grants, create new trails, and improve existing trails. There are three opportunities to volunteer, visit dmparks.org. Start Day

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 outdoors! Background check required. https://cityofdesmoinesparksandrecreationdepartment.volunteerlocal. com/volunteer/?id=35546 Program Times:

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Location:

Ewing, Greenwood & Grandview Parks

September 10, 2019 September 10, 11, 14

Program Times:

9/10 4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 9/11 4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 9/14 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Registration Begins:

Mid August - Registration on Volunteer Local

Registration Ends:

9/10/2019 Cost: N/A

Ages for Program:

15 and Up

Location:

Various Locations

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 series. Instructors can volunteer one time or multiple times…whatever fits their schedule! This year we celebrate 10 years since this amazing program began. Yoga instructors from throughout the metro area are volunteering their time to teach the weekly sessions, giving participants a different yoga experience each week. No registration for the class is required . . . the public can just show up any or all Saturday mornings at 9:00, ready to relax, release and enjoy the experience. Classes will be cancelled in the event of rain. Background Check Required. Email parksvolunteer@dmgov.org or call (515)237-1386 if you are interested. June 1 - September 28 Program Times:

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Location:

Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden

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Adopt - A - Block

Adopt-A-Block volunteers are needed at Glendale, Laurel Hill and Woodland Cemeteries. Volunteers help pick up branches, trim bushes, clear decorations, monitor for vandalism, and provide general maintenance at our municipal cemeteries from April-October. We are seeking returning volunteers and those that are interested in helping our cemeteries to join us on April Fool’s 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. Program Times:

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:

Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center-Board Room

Memorial Day Weekend Help May 24th - 27th

Love history, working with the public and are ready to honor a national tradition and those it remembers? Our local cemeteries are alive with memories and volunteers can help preserve those memories and experiences. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. The day honors men and women who died while serving the military. Many people observe the day by visiting cemeteries or memorials and decorating graves. Over Memorial Day weekend, we are seeking helpers to assist keeping our cemeteries clean and beautiful, greeting our visitors, helping guests locate loved ones in their cemetery block and providing help with floral sales. Program Times:

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location:

Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3601 East Court Ave.

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Cemetery Decoration Clean-up and Flag Removal - July 1st - 5th

Decoration Day began after the Civil War. After World War I, it became a way to honor those that died serving in any war or military action. Today we know this holiday as Memorial Day. Many people observe the holiday by visiting graves of loved ones, leaving decorations in their memory. By July, the 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 disposing of them. Training will be provided on the day of the cleanup. Volunteers will be working outside, and should be able to bend, lift and walk. https://cityofdesmoinesparksandrecreationdepartment.volunteerlocal. com/volunteer/?id=35465 Shifts: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 1st Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave.

Woodland Cemetery Tours

Join local historian and educator Archie Cook on a tour through the grassy knolls and stately trees of one of our city’s oldest treasures. Tours (rain or shine) are recommended for those ages 10 and up, last approximately 2.5 hours and are free. A donation is suggested and will go towards the Woodland Monument Restoration Project. Children and strollers are permitted but some sections of the tour will not be easily accessible for strollers due to rough terrain. Registration is limited to 50. Visit facebook.com/desmoinesparks to select your date and sign up.

Tuesday, July 2nd Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave. Wednesday, July 3rd Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave. Friday, July 5th Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3601 East Court Ave.

Prairie Clean-up - July 19th

The Glendale Wildflower Scattering Area is a natural prairie located in Glendale Cemetery. Native grasses and wildflowers create a comfortable environment to scatter the remains of loved ones. Native prairie plants 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.

Location:

Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Ave.

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April 13th May 11th June 8th July 13th August 17th September 14th October 12th

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Des Moines Parks and Recreation Program Guide - Spring/Summer 2019  

Learn more about all the programs and events we provide in April through August. This includes aquatics, athletics, community recreation cen...

Des Moines Parks and Recreation Program Guide - Spring/Summer 2019  

Learn more about all the programs and events we provide in April through August. This includes aquatics, athletics, community recreation cen...

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