Parks, Facilities & Trails

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 Parks and Recreation Department Response to COVID-19


At this time, City of West Des Moines parks, trails and greenways are open to the public. Our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our visitors, as well as staff who operate and maintain West Des Moines parks, trails and greenways. During this unprecedented time, we have coordinated efforts with other surrounding communities to remain diligent in taking proactive steps to ensure these public spaces are as safe and enjoyable as possible. However, we highly recommend that all individual users of these facilities follow the CDC guidelines and state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19. 

·  According to State of Iowa recommendations, limit your group to less than 10 people when visiting a park, trail or greenway.

·  If you have been sick in the last two weeks, please stay at home for your health and the safety of others.

·  Avoid popular areas where people may congregate, and also avoid larger groups in general. Areas to avoid may include the dog park, playgrounds, shelters, etc.

·  Please maintain distance between you and other park visitors according to guidelines and recommendations by health officials. Please take into consideration the health of others when spending time outdoors.  

·  Pack extra soap or hand sanitizer. Please be aware that due to night time temps below freezing, permanent park restrooms are closed seasonally every year through April 15. Due to increased use of portable toilets, hand sanitizer may not be available.  

·  Additional information on best practices for keeping you and your family safe can be found online at the CDC website.


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



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


Ashawa Park marks the approximate location of where the former Ashawa township once stood. The park offers a panoramic view of the WDM City/School Campus, and one of the more architecturally interesting picnic shelters in West Des Moines.

Facilities include:

  • Picnic shelter with grill (first come, first serve)
  • Restrooms (open April 15 - October 15, weather permitting)
  • Play equipment
  • Large open playfield
  • Backstop
  • Basketball court
  • Jordan Creek Trail connection
  • Parking lot
  • Ashawa Park Map

For more information please call 222-3444 or email


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