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Des Moines Parks and Recreation swimming pools, aquatic centers, and spraygrounds are closed. We look forward to you joining us in 2021!

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2021 Season Information

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 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
Program 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
Ages:
All Ages
Locations:
All Pools
2021 Pool Passes
Pool Passes will go on sale on April 1, 2021. 
Hours and Dates
2021 Pool Schedule coming soon! 

Aquatic Locations

Pools & Aquatic Centers

City of Des Moines swimming pools and aquatics centers are closed for the season.

Pool & Aquatic Center Locations (find details in our Parks Directory):

View pool/aquatic center rules
Splash Pools

All splash pools are closed for the season.

There are four splash pools operated across Des Moines. A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines splash pools are staffed; however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

Splash Pool Locations (find details in our Parks Directory):
Spraygrounds

There are 11 spraygrounds operating daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. from June 16 through September 30, free of charge.  

A sprayground is a splash pad with spray features without standing water. Spraygrounds offer unsupervised water play. Staff is not provided at spraygrounds, so parental supervision is required.

Sprayground Locations (find details in our Parks Directory):
Wading Pools

All wading pools are closed for the season.

Our wading pool season extends from June 1 through August 11. The days and hours of operation vary by facility. These water facilities are specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. The wading pools are dispersed throughout the city and offer supervised water play. It is a great opportunity for children to meet other children, have fun, and build water confidence. Parental supervision is required.

Wading Pool Locations (find details in our Parks Directory): 

Aquatic Events

Lap Swim at Ashworth and Birdland Swimming Pool

Fitness Hour welcomes patrons to participate in a variety of activities including: lap swim,  water walking, utilize the Aqua Bike/Treadmill or participate in Total Body Aqua or Aqua Zumba.

Program Times:
Monday - Friday          8 - 9 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.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.

What is Aqua Zumba?

Aqua Zumba blends the Zumba philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn’t miss!
Birdland: Monday/Wednesday: 12 - 12:45 p.m.

Half-Price Admission Nights

Make a splash at the pool Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. – 6:30 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
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