Aquatics

Des Moines Pool

Des Moines Parks and Recreation operates two swimming pools, three family aquatic centers, four splash pools, 13 spraygrounds and five wading pools. We also offer swim lessons and a number of special aquatic events each year.

Aquatics Updates

July 24:
Due to insufficient staff levels, the slides at both Teachout and Nahas Aquatic Centers are closed today. Northwest Aquatic Center slides are open.

Now Hiring for the 2021 Summer Season!

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Disclaimer: In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the Governor or Mayor, as such may be amended from time to time, and as public health guidelines evolve, for the safety of staff and the public, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel Facility Use permits or registrations at any time. In the event of a cancellation, the City’s sole liability will be to refund the permit or registration fees. In addition, the Department reserves the right to change the Facility Use permit or registration requirements at any time. The Department will contact applicant, user, or registrants as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes. Click for more COVID-19 Information

2021 Season Information

2021 Season Pool Passes and Punch Cards

Season Pool Passes and Punch Cards can be purchased online or at the pools during swim season.

Season Pool Passes

# of People Price Early Bird Price (April 1-30)
1 Person $45 $40
2 Person $80 $75
3 Person $110 $100
4 Person $140 $125
Additional Family over 4 $10 $10

Punch Cards   Savings of $0.50 per admission

# of Punches Youth Price Adult Price
5 Punches $7.50 $17.50
20 Punches $30 $70
2021 Hours and Admission

2021 Pool Season   June 5 - August 15


Regular Hours

Pools

Ashworth & Birdland 6/5 - 8/15
Monday-Friday from 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

Aquatic Centers

Nahas, Northwest, & Teachout 6/5 - 7/18
Monday-Friday from 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

Nahas, Northwest, & Teachout 7/19 - 8/15
Monday-Friday from 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

*Dates may adjust based on Des Moines Public Schools schedule. Teachout Family Aquatic Center opens Memorial Day Weekend; Nahas Family Aquatic Center opens weekends after season and Labor Day Weekend

Daily Admission

Age Price
Ages 2 and under Free
Ages 3 - 20 $2
Ages 21 and above $4

*1/2 price admission Monday - Thursday after 5 p.m.

Private Pool Rental

Rent one of our aquatic facilities for your next event.  Rentals are available to all persons, organizations, clubs and youth groups.

Reservations are arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis and depends on the availability of staff. Rates are set according to the number of people in your group.

Rental Fees:

# of People Hourly Rate
1-50 $110
51-100 $160
101-150 $210
151-200 $260
201-250 $310
251-300 $360
  • Rental requests must be made online at least 10 days prior to the date of facility use
  • All facilities are available for private rental from June - August
  • Private pool rental are for events with no admission charge
Rental Times:
Before or after regular hours (mornings or evenings; dependent on programming)
Registration Begins:
April 1, 2021
Registration Ends:
July 22, 2021
Cost:
Rates set according to number of people in your group
Locations:
All Pools
Scholarship Opportunities
  • The Youth Recreational Scholarship Program (YRSP) is offered in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools and allows students to receive $5 swim lesson and/or youth sport experiences.
  • The Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship Program (GRASP) is a program that gives access to discounts on swim lessons and season swim passes (and more!) for households within Des Moines that meet established guidelines.

Check out our scholarship page for more information.

COVID-19 Return to Play
For more information about our protocols to keep our staff and patrons safe in response to the pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 page, under the "Aquatics" tab here. 
Pool Capacity Tracker

View the number of people at each facility by visiting our real-time patron capacity tracker here.

Aquatic Locations

Pools & Aquatic Centers

2021 Pool Season  June 5 - August 15

Find details about each facility in our Parks Directory.


Pools

Our swimming pools offer traditional amenities such as lane swimming, diving boards, baby pools and water basketball hoops.

Hours

6/5 - 8/15
Monday-Friday from 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.


Aquatic Centers

Our family aquatic centers offer pools with amenities such as water slides, rain drop water features and zero depth entry.

Hours

6/5 - 7/18
Monday-Friday from 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

7/19 - 8/15
Monday-Friday from 1 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.

Splash Pools

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under.

Hours

The days and hours of operation vary by facility.

Find details about each facility in our Parks Directory.

City of Des Moines splash pools are staffed, however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

Spraygrounds

A sprayground is a splash pad with spray features without standing water; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under.

Hours

All spraygrounds operate daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. from May 1 through September 30, free of charge.

City of Des Moines staff are not provided at spraygrounds, so parental supervision is required.

Find details about our facilities in our Parks Directory.

Wading Pools

Wading pools are specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. Wading pools provide a great opportunity for children to meet other children, have fun, and build water confidence.

Hours

The days and hours of operation vary by facility during swim season, June 7 through August 11.

City of Des Moines staff are provided at wading pools, but parental supervision is required.

Find details about our facilities in our Parks Directory.

Aquatic Events

Fitness Hour at Ashworth and Birdland Swimming Pool

Fitness Hour welcomes patrons to participate in a variety of activities including lap swim,  water walking, and utilization of the Aqua Bike/Treadmill.  *Lanes are limited during scheduled aqua fitness classes.

Program Times:
Monday - Friday          8 - 9 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.m.
      *Starting 8/2 Ashworth will expand the lap swim offering from 7-9 a.m.
Saturday - Sunday     12 - 1 p.m.
Cost:
Regular admission applies
Ages:
Adult
Locations:
Ashworth and Birdland Swimming Pool

What is Total Body Aqua?

Total Body Aqua is a class that combines cardiovascular exercise with core, strength, and stretching to give students of all fitness levels a total body workout.
Ashworth: Tuesday/Thursday: 12 - 12:45 p.m.

 

Aqua Fitness Classes

Total Body Aqua

Total Body Aqua is a class that combines cardiovascular exercise with core, strength and stretching to give students of all fitness levels a total body workout.

Location:
Ashworth
Days:
Tuesday/Thursday
Time:
12 - 12:45 p.m.
Cost:
$4 - Drop- in
Half-Price Admission Nights

Make a splash at the pool Monday – Thursday after 5 p.m. throughout the summer.  Half-price of daily admission applies.

When:
Monday – Thursday in June, July, and August
Program Times:
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
Half-price of daily admission
Ages:
All Ages
Locations:
All Pools
Family Days

Grab the family and jump into the pool.  Enjoy Family Day at all City of Des Moines aquatic facilities.

When:
Second Friday of each month in June, July and August
Program Times:
Regular Hours
Cost:
$5 per family
Ages:
All Ages
Location:
All Pools
Father's Day - June 20

Make a splash on Father's Day, as we honor fathers and celebrate fatherhood with complimentary admission for fathers.

When:
Sunday, June 20
Program Times:
Regular Hours
Cost:
Free admission for fathers (adult) with paid youth admission
Ages:
All Ages
Location:
All Pools
National Swim a Lap Day - June 24

Grab your goggles and jump into one of the aquatic facilities and swim a lap or two.  Celebrate the sport of swimming with the City of Des Moines.

When:
Wednesday, June 24
Program Times:
Regular hours
Cost:
Half-price admission all day
Ages:
All Ages
Location:
All Pools
Fourth of July Slip N’ Slide - July 4 * Postponed due to water drought

Celebrate with us on the Fourth of July with some backyard fun. We will be creating a giant Slip N’ Slide on the north hill at Nahas from 1 - 3 p.m.

Participants will need to fill out a wavier before participating. Anyone under 18 will need to have a parent/guardian sign their waiver.

When:
Sunday, August 8th
Program Times:
1 - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Daily Admission
Location:
Nahas Aquatic Center

The waiver will be available here shortly.

Military Appreciation Day - July 4

Celebrate our nation's independence with the City of Des Moines. For those who serve or have served our country, receive free admission to our aquatic facilities.

Thank you for your service!

Program Times:
Regular Hours
Cost:
• Free admission for active duty, retired and veteran military with military identification card
• Immediate family members with military personnel receive half-price admission
Ages:
All Ages
Location:
All Pools

Des Moines is a Home Base Iowa community. Learn more about available benefits

Mermaid Princess Pool Party - July 6

Join us for this "Royal" event. Meet and Greet with Princesses and Mermaids throughout the aquatic center while swimming. Each paying participant will get to enjoy an ice cream sundae and make a sand art necklace. Characters will depend on availability. Pre-registration is required. Each participant must be accompanied by one adult 18+. 

When:
Tuesday, July 6
Program Times:
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Ages:
0 - 12 
Location:
Northwest Family Aquatic Center
National Parents' Day - July 25

National Parents' Day is a day to honor all parents. Stop by the aquatic centers and make a splash with your kids.

When:
Sunday, July 25
Program Times:
Regular hours
Cost:
Free admission for parents (adult admission) with a paid youth admission
Ages:
All Ages
Location:
All Pools