Help us preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Des Moines parks.

We invite you to learn more and join the Friends of Des Moines Parks. You will be adding your stewardship in support of our 75 Des Moines parks.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs mean many things to many people. It could be for havens of green space, walking your dog, fresh air, yoga, picnics, nature appreciation, an escape from bustle, dog parks, spray grounds and wading pools, swimming, romance, a cool spot on a warm day, a place to meander or march across, biking, kite flying, evening family movies on a giant screen, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, playgrounds, performances, ponds, making friends, tennis, or a reminder of life's rituals-spring, summer, fall, and winter. Whatever your reasons, the quality of life here is deeply influenced by our parks.

Our parks promote the reputation of Des Moines as a top place for families, raising children, and a thriving workplace. Your tax-deductible support makes a difference.The high quality of our parks is being recognized. In 2015, Ben Page, Director of the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department, was selected as the outstanding director in the state by the Iowa Park and Recreation Association. In addition, the Des Moines Parks and Recreation department was named a finalist—one of the top four in its population category—for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards presented by the National Park and Recreation Association.


First established by a group of citizens as The Des Moines Park and Recreation Foundation in 1993, the Friends of Des Moines Parks is a nonprofit 501c3 organization with a mission to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Des Moines’ parks, greenways, and recreational programs for the benefit of all neighborhoods, residents, and visitors.

Friends of Des Moines Parks helps in coordinating volunteer time and talent as well as the solicitation of philanthropic dollars to support:

75 parks, over 4,000 acres of park and open space, 81 miles of trails, and municipal facilities such as aquatic centers community centers and civic attractions

Programs that focus on urban conservation, environmental education, sport instruction, sports tourism, neighborhood beautification, water recreation, volunteerism and stewardship

Special events to attract diverse, multi-generational audiences for leisure, educational and recreational purposes








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At large:

Teresa Adams-Tomka
Chris Lightfoot
Sarah Lohmeier
Past President
Stephanie Kempf
Walker McKusick
Erin Muir
Liz Neumann
Laura Smidt
Carl Voss
Janis Ruan
Dr. Mike Eberle
Cynde Fanter
Jane Hein
Mary Louise Neugent (ex-officio)

Please join us today in supporting Des Moines’ parks.