Ewing Park Revitalization

The Friends has spearheaded a drive to revitalize the historic 30-acre Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum and the construction of new nature/single-track trails. 

Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

Yoga in the Park

Hundreds of happy exercisers, led by volunteer instructors, gather to relax and enjoy yoga on the shore of beautiful Gray’s Lake on Saturday mornings.

yoga in the park



Friends of Des Moines Parks Bike Ride

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Join us Saturday, September 7th for a fun-filled, family-friendly ride along some of Des Moines' trails and bike paths. 

Supported by 'Friends of Des Moines Parks'.

Post-ride, Des Moines Parks & Recreation will be showing a movie on the back patio of Confluence Brewing Co. Grab dinner from a food truck and stay for the movie!


The Parks Photo Project: Call For Photographers

In 2019, the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of its first four parks. Yes, the year was 1894. From four parks— Greenwood, Union, Grand View and Waveland—Des Moines Parks and Recreation now manages more than 4,000 acres of parkland. For many passionate supporters, it’s our neighborhood […]

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