Parks and Recreation Department Response to COVID-19

Updated 6/25/20
Any of the information below is subject to change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 in our community.



    Holiday Aquatic Center
      -Closed for public swimming
      -Modified swim lessons will begin the week of July 6
      -Pre-registration lap swim will begin the week of July 6
    Valley View Aquatic Center

      -Closed for the 2020 season
    Park Drinking Fountains
    Users are asked to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing

American Legion Park Sprayground (11am-7pm daily)
Park Playgrounds and Play Equipment
Park Picnic Shelters (drop-in use only)
Park Restrooms
Crossroads Park Skate Park
Raccoon River Park Dog Park
Raccoon River Park Archery Facility

Park Green Spaces

Tennis Courts/Pickleball Courts/Horseshoe Courts
Basketball/Sand Volleyball Courts
  -Individual play only
  -Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited
Open Fields/Backstops
  -Baseball/softball and individual play only
Raccoon River Park Beach/Swimming
  -Swimming is now allowed


    Parks & Rec Admin Office in City Hall  222-3444
    Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge  222-3424
    Valley Junction Activity Center  222-3440
    Park Shelters 222-3444



1. The City of West Des Moines will post signage prominently indicating no one should attend or participate in a recreation program if they currently have symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the last 14 days.  

  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

2. Any person who is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus will be prohibited from entering the program and/or facility.   
  • Polk County Public Health will be contacted if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported and provide guidance on additional steps if needed in regards to individual or team care.

3. If a child develops symptoms, they will be isolated and they will have to be picked up. There will be a strict 72 hour sick policy. If your child has a fever, they cannot return until they are 72 hours fever free without the aid of medicine as recommended by the CDC.  
4. Each participant and staff member must take their temperature the morning of the activity. 
  • This is on an honor system but it’s extremely important to be transparent and honest.

  • A participant or staff member with a fever of 100.3 or higher will not be allowed to participate.

5. Participants and staff are encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings but it is not required.   
  • Staff will wear mask or cloth face covering if it becomes necessary to be closer than six feet to program participants, i.e. administering first aid.

6. Participants must bring their own water bottles and must have their name on it.    
7. Hand sanitizer bottles will be provided at each location/program.   
8. Games and activities will be structured with little to no contact between participants. All participants will be expected to social distance at all times.  
9. Increased outside play will take place during appropriate weather conditions.    
10. Sharing of supplies, toys and equipment will be kept to a minimum. If necessary to share any items, each item will be sanitized following use.  
11. Field trips involving City-provided transportation will not take place.
12. Arrival and drop-off times may be staggered or other protocols put in place to limit close contact with parents or caregivers as much as possible.
13. Any food provided will be individually pre-packaged.