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Des Moines Parks and Recreation swimming pools, aquatic centers, and splash pools will be opening for the season on June 5. We look forward to you joining us this season!

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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.


COVID-19 Information

 

2021 Season Information

2021 Season Pool Passes and Punch Cards
Season Passes
Season Pool Passes and Punch Cards can be purchased here, starting April 1, 2021, or at the Pools starting June 5, 2021.

Season Pool Pass - Early Bird Pricing (April 1-30th)
1 Person - $40
2 Person - $75
3 Person - $100
4 Person - $125
Additional Family over 4 - $10

Season Pool Pass Pricing
1 Person - $45
2 Person - $80
3 Person - $110
4 Person - $140
Additional Family over 4 - $10

Punch Cards
*Savings of $.50 per admission

Youth
5 Punches - $7.50
20 Punches - $30.00

Adult
5 Punches - $17.50
20 Punches - 17.50

2021 Hours and Admission

2021 Pool Season
June 5 – August 15*


Pools- Ashworth & Birdland
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 open Memorial Day Weekend; Nahas Family Aquatic Center open weekends after season and Labor Day Weekend



Daily Admission
2 and under - Free
Ages 3 - 20 - $2
Ages 21+ - $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
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
Scholarship Opportunities
Check out our scholarship page for more information here.
Return to Play
For more information please visit our COVID-19 page, under the "Aquatics" tab here. 

Aquatic Locations

Pools & Aquatic Centers

2021 POOL SEASON June 5 – August 15*

****April 28 Update: Pools and Aquatic Centers will open at a 60% capacity. View COVID-19 protocols here

Teachout Aquatic Center will be open Saturday, May 29 - Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day Weekend. 

Pools- Ashworth & Birdland
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.

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

View pool/aquatic center rules
Splash Pools


The days and hours of operation vary by facility. 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 12 spraygrounds operating daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. from May 1 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


Our wading pool season extends from June 5 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

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.
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.

Aqua Fitness Classes

Aqua Zumba
 Location: Birdland
Days: Monday/Wednesday
Time: 12 - 12:45 p.m.
Cost: $4 - Drop-in

What is Aqua Zumba?
Aqua Zumba blends the Zumba philosophy with water resistance, for one pool party you shouldn’t miss!



Total Body Aqua
 Location: Ashworth
Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 12 - 12:45 p.m.
Cost: $4 -  Drop- in


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.

 

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
Fourth of July Slip N’ Slide
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: Tuesday, July 6
Program Times: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: Daily Admission
Location: Nahas Aquatic Center

The waiver will be available here shortly.
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