Archery Facility

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 Parks and Recreation Department Response to COVID-19

On March 18, 2020, West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer signed a proclamation that authorizes City Manager Tom Hadden to take all actions necessary to provide for the public health, safety and welfare of employees and citizens. As a result of his actions, Hadden announced that City Hall will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 19, at 8 a.m. In addition, the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge and the Valley Junction Activity Center will be closed to the public. West Des Moines parks are still open.

Although our facilities are closed, we are still available to serve you. You can reach us at the following phone numbers or email address listed below.

Citizens are encouraged to call 515-222-3444 to purchase season pool passes, Dog Park permits, Archery Facility permits, and shelter rentals. Please continue to use the online registration software to register for summer programs. 

Parks and Recreation Administrative Office 

Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge

Valley Junction Activity Center




  • All reservations scheduled in the Valley Junction Activity Center are cancelled through May 10.
  • All reservations scheduled in the Nature Lodge are cancelled through May 10.
  • Shelter rentals (starting April 5) are cancelled through May 10.
  • Raccoon River Dog Park and Archery Facility will remain open for now. Users are asked to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.
  • Raccoon River Park Softball and Soccer Complexes, Holiday Park Baseball and Softball Complexes, Holiday Park Cricket Field, Valley View Park Fields, and Windsor Rugby Field are closed to all games, practices, and tournaments through May 10.
  • Opening of park restrooms (normally takes place in mid-April) will continue to be discussed over the next two weeks.
  • Jordan Cemetery is operating as usual.
  • As of now, Valley View and Holiday Aquatic Centers are still scheduled to open to the public on May 30. Hiring of aquatic staff is continuing as planned.
  • Outside special events (starting April 18) taking place in parks will be cancelled through May 10. Full refunds of all fees will be given.
  • All recreation programs and events are cancelled through May 10 (8 weeks). If a program starts within the 8 week time-frame but extends beyond it, the entire program is cancelled. An exception to this is Adult Softball Leagues which may be started after May 10 and still run a full season. 

    **Annual Permits are available beginning December 1 each year**

    For more information, view the Archery Facility Brochure

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    To apply for a permit download the Archery Facility Permit Form or visit the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office (4200 Mills Civic Parkway, 515-222-3444) or the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge (2500 Grand Ave., 515-222-3424).

    Type of Permit
    WDM Resident Fee
    Non-Resident Fee
    Daily Permit
    $5 / day
    $5 / day
    Annual Permit - Adult
    Annual Permit - Youth (15 & under)
    Replacement Permit
    The archery facility is the first of its kind in Iowa and includes features such as:


    • Enclosure walls/fencing
    • Overhead ‘arrow curtains’
    • Shelter over shooting area
    • Staging area
    • 12 shooting lanes
    • Targets up to 40 yards distance

    Funding for this project has been generously provided by:  Polk County Board of Supervisors, IDNR Shooting Sports Program, WDM Community Enrichment Foundation, City of West Des Moines

    If you have questions call 515-222-3444 or email

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