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



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This 80 acre community park is being constructed in phases.  Upon completion this park will feature a variety of recreational opportunities for West Des Moines.

The park is home to the Valley View Aquatic Center. The aquatic center features a leisure pool with spray toys, a lazy river, water slides, a 25yd competitive pool with diving boards and drop slides. The aquatic center is located on the corner of 81st Street and Bridgewood Blvd., approx. 1/2 mile west of the Jordan Creek Town Center. For aquatic center information please call 273-0700.

The park also currently features a parking lot located on the west side of the park on 88th Street (just south of the WDM water tower located at 301 88th Street), which provides access to a large open playfield with backstops. Two lighted tennis courts and two lighted basketball courts are also adjacent to the parking lot.

Facilities include:

For more information please call 222-3444 or email

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