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


FORE! Our Parks Golf Tournament & Bike Ride

FORE! Our Parks 2019 Golf Outing & Bike Ride

Save the Date!

Join us Friday, June 14 for the 6th Annual FORE! Our Parks golf outing and bike ride.

You’ll find a surprise at every hole. Learn about Des Moines’ parks while supporting the economic, environmental, health and recreational benefits they provide central Iowans.

Bike riders will pedal parts of eight city trails on an 18-mile loop that travels through five parks.


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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