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Des Moines Parks and Recreation New Annual Report Available

2018 Report to the CommunityDes Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the “2018 Report to the Community” is now available. This report provides a high-level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments over the past year. Recreational program participation, facility usage, project information, testimonials and financial data can be found in the extensive summary. 

“The Report to the Community is one of my favorite projects of the year as it is the one time and place where we take a moment to reflect on all projects – big and small, the faces of our participants we have impacted as well as facts and figures of our operation,” said Benjamin R. Page, Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation. “Our team of 53 full-time professionals, supported by over 200 seasonal employees worked tirelessly throughout the year offering programming 325 days a year as well as managing 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and multiple recreational facilities.”

Highlights from 2018 include:

  • 1,806 shelters and other facilities were rented
  • 2,177 dog park permits were sold
  • 2,546 individuals learned to swim
  • 34,430 hours of service were donated by 4,592 volunteers, valued at $850,095
  • 91,331 visited one of our five pools or aquatic centers
  • 80,126 rounds of golf were played at A.H. Blank, Bright Grandview and Waveland Golf Courses

Click here to view or download a copy of the report.  

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and numerous recreation facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (@desmoinesparks) or Instagram (