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We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.  In following with Mayor Cownie’s directive to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” we have canceled all volunteer activities through May 11.  Conditions change rapidly, so watch for updates via social media and online at 19. If you have questions, feel free to contact us until then at

Des Moines Parks and Recreation utilizes over 4,000 volunteers annually to help maintain and beautify the park system. Volunteers are vital to our organization, and enhance our efforts to preserve and maintain our public spaces. We offer opportunities for all ages, skill levels, and group sizes, and invite you to join us!


How Volunteers Can Help

2019 Volunteer Stats

Interested in Volunteering?  Contact us!

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Available Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Resources