Des Moines Parks and Recreation New Annual Report Available


DES MOINES, IOWA — March 17, 2021 —  Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the “2020 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 2020 Report to the Community may not look like any other report that our team has produced, as last year was like no other our team or our city has faced,” said Benjamin R. Page, Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation. “The park system and the programs we could provide remained an essential resource for residents.”

Highlights from 2020 include:

  • 1,993 dog park permits were sold
  • 7,338 viewed Yoga from the Park online 
  • 14,104 hours of service were donated by 1,662 volunteers, valued at $383,636
  • 19,797 visited one of our 3 aquatic centers
  • 105,455 rounds of golf were played at A.H. Blank, Bright Grandview and Waveland Golf Courses

View or download a copy of the report at

Benjamin R. Page
Director, Parks and Recreation

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 76 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 88 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) and Instagram (