Parks and Recreation

Des Moines Parks and Recreation was established in 1892 and is responsible for the management of over 4,000 acres of land and 76 parks across Des Moines. We offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environmental education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  


New Online Registration System Now Available

Our new online registration system launched on August 1! CivicRec is a user-friendly online solution utilized by many of the largest parks and recreation agencies in the country. This new application makes it easier than ever to sign up for programs and activities. Renting a shelter or park facility will be a smoother, faster process!

Programs and events that start registration after August 1 will utilize the new system. This includes youth basketball and coed volleyball. All users are required to create an account in the new system. Step-by-step instructions are available now -- click here! All programs and events that are currently open for registration will be completed in the existing system.

Shelter and facility reservations will move to the new system on October 1. Existing rental reservations will be transferred to the new system and managed there. 

ACTIVITIES REGISTRATION (CivicRec)

FACILITIES REGISTRATION (Active Net)

CLICK HERE TO SETUP NEW ACCOUNT (CivicRec)

VIEW INSTRUCTIONS FOR NEW ACCOUNT Setup