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 Parks and Recreation Department Response to COVID-19


 Updated: 3/30/2020

West Des Moines Parks, Trails and Playgrounds 

West Des Moines parks and trails are currently open to the public for recreation but due to COVID-19 concerns, effective immediately, playground equipment and picnic shelters are closed until further notice. All park restrooms remain closed and drinking fountains are turned off. The Raccoon River Park Dog Park and Archery Facility, along with tennis and basketball courts will remain open at this time. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited.

The City will not install caution tape or fencing at the parks; residents are asked to do their part to keep family, friends, neighbors and the community safe. Signage will be posted at each park regarding these closures. The City’s priority is protecting the health and safety of our residents and continuing to serve the public.

While visiting any public space, use your best judgment and act responsibly; bring your own sanitation supplies with you and adhere to recommended guidelines of keeping social gatherings to less than 10 people and observing social distancing standards of staying at least 6 feet from others. If you do not feel well or have been sick, stay home.

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.

Jordan Creek Trail

Facilties include:

  • Parking lot
  • Picnic tables
  • Large open playfield
  • Trail connections (View Map)

Jordan Creek Greenway is a 275.5 acre green space that runs east and west throughout the city. The greenway also provides local residents the opportunity to enjoy one of Central Iowa's most popular leisure activities. A 7 mile paved multipurpose trail is a favorite place for local bikers, skaters and walkers.

There are four trail heads located along the path for easy access. The locations of the trail heads are as follows: Westridge School Trailhead (5500 E.P. True Parkway), Southwoods Park Trailhead (400 39th Street), Jordan Creek Park Trailhead (50th Street and Railroad Tracks) and Fairmeadows Park Trailhead (22nd and Locust).

For more information please call 222-3444 or email


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