Birdland Pool Closed Due to COVID-19 Exposure

Press Release

UPDATE: After professional disinfection this morning, Birdland Pool will reopen tomorrow, July 16 at 8 a.m. Open swim, lap swim, swim lessons, diving classes and fitness classes will resume at the normally scheduled times.

DES MOINES, IOWA – JULY 15, 2020 – This is a City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department Public Notice that there was a reported positive case of COVID-19 on July 14 at Birdland Pool. The exposure occurred during a private rental by a swim team. The facility has been closed effective immediately for disinfection following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines.

The health and safety of the public and our employees is our top priority. If you believe you were exposed, you should stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Information is available from the CDC online including the criteria to discontinue home isolation. Per our “Return to Play” protocol following all federal, state and local guidelines, exposed patrons cannot use our facilities until their recommended home isolation period is complete and CDC requirements are met.

Patrons registered for swim lessons, lap swim or aquatic fitness classes during the closure time will be refunded. Due to HIPPA regulations, no additional information can be released publicly regarding the infected individual. Follow Des Moines Parks and Recreation on social media for an announcement on the reopening of Birdland Pool.

During this closure, patrons may use one of our two other open facilities at:

  • Nahas Aquatic Center – 1101 Porter Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50315
  • Teachout Aquatic Center – 2601 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50317


Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks & Recreation Department
(515) 237-1386

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 (