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Better Parks for a Brighter Community.


Check out projects and programs that are making a big impact on parks, public spaces and people in Des Moines.


Explore the different ways you can offer support and continue making Des Moines a top place to work, live and play!


Attend one of the impactful community events we host in partnership with Des Moines Parks and Recreation.

Our Mission

At Friends of Des Moines Parks, we are dedicated to creating a healthier and more vibrant Des Moines community for all by preserving, enhancing and advocating for parks, trails and recreational programs. 

Our Commitment to Equity

Friends of Des Moines Parks - Fostering an equity-based culture built to encourage wellness and full utilization of outdoor recreation to everyone.


We want parks and trails to be a haven for all. Our vision of equity is that all barriers to full use and enjoyment of parks, trails, programming, and events in our community are removed and prevented. We recognize that historical and current policies and practices have created these barriers and are intentional in focusing on enhancing quality of life and healthy recreation opportunities for every single resident in our community. The Friends of Des Moines Parks is committed to equity and inclusion through our mission, our team members, our partners, and the projects and programs we support.


Contact Us

Interested in learning more or becoming a Friend to help us preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Des Moines parks, greenways and recreational programs for the benefit of all neighborhoods, residents, and visitors. Contact Sarah Lohmeier at or the field below.

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1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50317

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