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Flooding Delays Gray’s Lake Park Opening


GLDrone400x200DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, May 30, 2019 –
Gray’s Lake Park, slated to re-open Saturday, June 1 will remain closed until June 28 due to recent heavy rains and flooding. The facility has been closed since May 13 for a park and trail improvements. The Meredith Trail located adjacent to the park is open.

“Based on historical experience, it takes up to 14 days for water to recede from Gray’s Lake Park once it has flooded,” said Benjamin R. Page, Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation. “The timing of this round of high water is very unfortunate as it pushes back completion of our projects.”

Dates are subject to change due to weather. For their own safety, patrons are asked to please stay out of the park while flood water is present as well as when construction resumes. Updates will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this process.

Benjamin R. Page, Director 
Parks and Recreation Department

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 (@desmoinesparks).