COVID-19 Information

These Return to Play Protocols were formed from various recommendations, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Polk County Public Health, National Recreation and Parks Association, and other public health organizations, as mitigation efforts to help ensure the safety of our facility users, participants, volunteers, and staff. 

The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.  Facility users, participants, and volunteers use the City’s facilities at their own risk.  

In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the 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 change or 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. The Department will contact applicants, users, or registrants as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes.

*NOTE: (3/11/2022) Click here to read the current COVID-19 Protocols

*The protocols in the drop-downs below are previous versions. Due to recent CDC changes and reduced community levels, we are using general COVID-19 protocols (above). 

Return to Play Protocols and Waivers:

Participant Waiver and Health Screen Form


Birdland Marina


Community Gardens

Community Recreation Centers

E.K. Davis

Environmental Education

Gray's Lake


Ice Skating

Outdoor Venues/Spaces

Public Input Session


Special Events