We have NO Public Park in our WHNA area. We have NO public walking or biking trail in our WHNA area. 

We have made a major and ongoing effort to obtain some public green-space like a small "Vest-Pocket Park"

 

Thus far our efforts have been amazingly unsuccessful.

 

There are many parks of varying sizes and features on the southside of Des Moines. Unless you really like to walk, none of the parks are within normal walking distance. As we provide more details of the Parks listed below, we will try to include approximate distance from our WHNA area.

Amenities are all subject to seasonal requirements

All of the Parks listed below are on the southside of Des Moines.

The City of Des Moines is updating their Parks website so there may be changes in the link to parks. Often you will have an option to type in the name of the park and will still be able to reach that parks website.

Small parks closest to our WHNA area:

     Sayers Park

     1300 Linden Lane

     Des Moines, IA 50315                   (515) 237-1386

     4.1 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Drinking Fountain, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Playground, Open Shelter, and a Wading Pool. 

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R84.php

     Nahas Auguatic Park

     1101 Porter Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50315                  (515) 237-1386

     8.7 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Table, Benches, Drinking Fountain, Swimming Pool, and off Street Parking.

        

https://www.dsm.city/departments/parks_and_recreation-division/nahas_aquatic_center.php

     Jordan Park Wading Pool

     600 E. Wall Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50315                  (515) 237-1386

     1.6 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Playground, Wading Pool, Pickleball Court, and a Walking/Bike Path.

   

        http://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R141.php

     Stone Park Wading Pool

     2100 SE 5th Street

     Des Moines, IA 50315                  (515) 237-1386

     15.5 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Off Street Parking, Basketball Courts, Open Space, Playground, Open Shelter, and a Wading Pool.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R154.php

City Parks with Enclosed Shelters closest to our WHNA area:

     MacRae Park

     1021 Davis Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50315

     Acres 50.9

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Ice Skating, Drinking Fountain, Off Street Parking, Tennis Courts, EMC Overlook, and Enclosed Shelters.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R66.php

          MacRae Park Enclosed Shelter

          1021 Davis Ave

          Des Moines, IA 50315

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R189.php

   

          MacRae Park   W.C. Walker Enclosed Shelter

          2235 SW 11th Street

          Des Moines, IA 50315

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R188.php

 

          MacRae Park  EMC Overlook

          1021 Davis Ave

          Des Moines, IA 50315

The following address takes you to a site to play an almost 2-minute video about the MacRae Park EMC Overlook. You will need to expand and start that link see it best. When video is done or to exit early Use a "Ctrl" Key & "W" twice to return to this website. This is an impressive Video worth watching.

        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=macrae+park+overlook&qpvt=macrae+park+overlook&FORM=VDRE

 

     Columbus Park Sprayground

     1921 SE 1st Street

     Des Moines, IA 50315             (515) 237-1386

     5.4 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Off Street Parking, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Open Space, Accessible Playground, Open Shelter and a Sprayground.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R132.php

          Columbus Park Enclosed Shelter

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R230.php

          Columbus Park Open Air Shelter

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R200.php

     Ewing Park 

     5300 Indianola Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50320

     355.0 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Drinking Fountain, Off Street Parking, Open Space, Playground, Accessible Playground, Disc Golf, Lilac Arboretum, Open Shelter, Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Trail, and a Walking/Bike Path.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R49.php

     Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

     5300 Indianola Road

     Des Moines, IA 50320

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R113.php

     Ewing Dog Park  

     4660 Indianola Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50320

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R180.php

     Pioneer Park

     1650 Pioneer Road

     Des Moines, IA 50320          (515) 237-1386

     12.3 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Benches, Charcoal Grills, Drinking Fountain, Off Street Parking, Basketball Courts, Playground, Open Shelters, Disc Golf, Splash Pool, and a Walking/Bike Path.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R72.php

          Pioneer Park Enclosed Shelter

          1650 Pioneer Road

          Des Moines, IA 50320

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R191.php

 

     Evergreen Park

     2006 Evergreen Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50320          (515) 237-1386

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R48.php

          

     

Polk County Parks with Enclosed Shelters closest to our WHNA area:

     Fort Des Moines Park

     7200 SE 5th Street

     Des Moines, IA 50315          (515) 285-7612

     135 Acres

Amenities: A deep 14-acre lake, picnic shelters, children's playground, boating, fishing, great nature trails, and an Arboretum. 

https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Fort-Des-Moines-Park.aspx

     Easter Lake Park

     2830 Easter Lake Drive          (5150 285-7612

     Des Moines, IA 50320

     468 acre Park

     176 acre Lake

Amenities: Swimming Beach, Boating, Fishing, Biking and hiking trails, Water Craft Rentals, Bike Rentals, Boat Ramps, Fishing Pier/Dock, 4 different trails, Five Picnic Shelters, Three Children's Playgrounds, and the historic Owens Covered Bridge.

https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Polk/Park/Easter-Lake-Park.aspx

Featured or Specialty Parks:

     Gray's Lake Park

     2101 Fleur Drive

     Des Moines, IA 50321

     166.6 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Off Street Parking, Open Space, Boat Ramp, Playground, watercraft rentals, and a Walking/Bike Path. 

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R58.php

     A. H. Blank Park (ZOO)

     7401 SW 9th Street

     Des Moines, IA 50315

     61.2 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Playground, Off Street Parking, Camel exhibit and an Open Shelter.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R18.php

     Cownie Baseball Complex

     2050 SE 22nd Street

     Des Moines, IA 50320

     62.6 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Playground, Concession Stand, and a Walking/Bike Path.

The Complex features: 8 irrigated turf fields; 8 Batting Cages; Youth Fields (2 have lights); All Fields have scoreboards and covered bleacher seating; Playground and Batting cages; Concession Stand; New maintenance building; and next parking lots for up to 250 vehicles.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R36.php

     Cownie Soccer Complex

     2600 Hartford Ave

     Des Moines, IA 50320

     372.8 Acres

Amenities: Restrooms, Playground, Concession Stand, and a Walking/Bike Path.

The Complex features: 12 irrigated turf fields; 4 of the 12 fields have lights and scoreboards; Field nine is considered championship level with seating for 2,000 fans, a press box and video platform.

        https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R37.php

     Waterworks Park (Des Moines Waterworks)

     2201 George Flagg Parkway

     Des Moines, IA 50321

     1,500 acres

     NOTE: This is the address of the Waterworks company. The main entrance to the Park is from Fleur Drive and opposite Grays Lake entrance.

Amenities: Multiple ponds, fishing, great hiking/biking Trails, Bridal Trails, and plenty of open space. This is one of the largest urban parks in the Nation. 

       http://www.dmww.com/parks-events/water-works-park/

        Waterworks Park Arie Den Boer Arboretum

        http://www.dmww.com/parks-events/arie-den-boer-arboretum/

        Waterworks Park  Lauridsen Amphitheater

       https://www.dsmwaterworkspark.com/

The City of Des Moines and Polk County and the Waterworks Foundation provide plenty of great ways and places for the WHNA neighbors to enjoy nature. Unfortunately,  Almost none is within walking distance.

     

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