Parks, Facilities & Trails

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The weeks-long process of winter weatherization of WDM parks has started. Please be aware that this means water has been turned off to park restrooms and drinking fountains. 

Digital Parks and Trails Map - Interactive map of the West Des Moines parks and trails system. Use to find a nearby park or to measure trail distances.

Printable Parks and Trails Map - A comprehensive map of the West Des Moines parks and trails system

Printable Park Amenities Matrix - A listing of the amenities available at each park in West Des Moines

Tobacco and Nicotine-Free Parks - View the FAQ's about this new ordinance

Trail Ethics - Things to keep in mind when using trails

City Code - Learn more about park rules and regulations in Title 7, Chapter 11

P&R Special Events Application Materials 

Open Water Swim Permit Application

Volunteer Information/Release Form

For more information please call 222-3444 or email parkrec@wdm.iowa.gov

 

 

Search the listing of West Des Moines facilities, click each photo to find out more.

Southwoods1 

An annual show of incredible native wild flowers makes Southwoods Park one of the most unique parks in West Des Moines. The wooded hilly landscape that dominates the 40 acre natural preserve provides the best hiking in the city. In 1999, the Rothchild Memorial Nature Trail opened inviting park users to discover some of the scenic undeveloped land that follows Jordan Creek on its way to the Raccoon River. A natural waterfall is one of the many features of this walk. A 9-hole disc golf course is a popular feature of this beautiful park. Many disc golf players say it is the best course in the metro area!

Facilities include:

For more information please call 222-3444 or email parkrec@wdm.iowa.gov

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