Des Moines Parks and Recreation Advances in National Park System Rankings

DES MOINES, IOWA - May 20, 2020 - Just announced by The Trust for Public Lands, Des Moines Parks and Recreation has moved up five spots from last year to score 34th place in the 2020 ParkScore rankings, surpassing cities such as Los Angeles, Austin, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Omaha. The program evaluates how our team ranks against the 100 largest cities in the US in acreage, investment, amenities and access. As one of the smallest cities evaluated, and in our second year of participation, we are pleased with our success and look to continue the forward progress.

“Every member of our team, every facet of our organization makes a difference and has helped us advance in these rankings,” said Benjamin R. Page, Des Moines Parks and Recreation Director. “Projects such as the new park at Weeks Middle School and additional trail segments made a big impact. The level of success we have reached would be unattainable without the unwavering support we have received from Mayor Frank Cownie, City Council, City Manager Scott Sanders, and the appointed Parks and Recreation Board.”

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 municipal 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 (