2017 Guide to Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2017 Guide to Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools in Des Moines

Everyone knows the best (and most fun) way to stay cool in the summer is to get wet.  From simple to splashy, these water play pads and spraygrounds will help you and your kids keep your cool all summer long. And the best part is, that most are FREE to attend and located in local parks, so you can make a day of it.  Here’s your guide to splash pads, spraygrounds and wading pools in the Des Moines area.

Splash Pads, Spraygrounds and Wading Pool Essentials

Here is a list of summer splash pad essentials that you’ll want in tow for any visit (spontaneous or planned).

  • Bathing suit (With rash guard, if possible)
  • Sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat
  • Reusable or disposable swim diapers
  • Water-friendly sandals or water shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach towel
  • An extra set of clothes for after water play
  • Band-Aids (Just in case your kiddo takes a spill)

Splash Pads, Spraygrounds & Wading Pools in the Des Moines Area

Ankeny

Dean Park Splash Pad

SW 19th Street (SW College Avenue) • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3570
Dates Open: May – September, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday; Sunrise to Sunset
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center Splash Park

12220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3569
Dates Open: May 30, 2017 – August 20, 2017
Hours: Daily 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Prices: FREE; valid only from 10:00 – 11:45 am or General Admission $4, 60+ $3; and Children Ages 2 and under $1.
Supervised

Clive

Linnan Park Wading Pool

8500 Alice Avenue • Clive, IA • (515) 440-0599
Dates Open: June 6 – August 5, 2017
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Des Moines

Columbus Park Sprayground

1921 SE 1st Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Good Park Sprayground

1103 17th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Grandview Park Sprayground

3230 Easton Boulevard • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Greenwood Park Sprayground

4500 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

McHenry Park Sprayground

1012 Oak Park Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Woodlawn Park Sprayground

3126 Twana Drive • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Evelyn K. Davis Park Fountain

1400 Forest Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Lauridsen Fountain

Cowles Commons • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 246-2300
Dates Open: May 29 – September 5, 2017
Hours: Sunday-Friday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Saturday: 8:00 am to 11:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Sargent Park Fountain

3530 E Douglas Avenue • Des Moines, IA •(515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 2 – October 11, 2017
Hours: Sunday-Saturday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

Ashby Park Splash Pool 

3200 38th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 28 – September 11, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

M.L. King Park Splash Pool

1650 Garfield Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 28 – August 23, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Pete Crivaro Park Splash Pool

1012 SE 14th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 28 – August 23, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Union Park Splash Pool

725 Thompson Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: May 28 – September 11, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

**Due to staffing shortages, Des Moines Parks and Recreation will not be able to open all ten of their wading pools on June 1. Four facilities will close per week on a rotating basis that is equally distributed.  Wading Pools closed June 1 – 9, 2017 include: Ashfield Park, Bates Park, Stone Park and Tower Park.

The full list will be posted online at dmparks.org on the “Aquatics and Water Sports” page. The schedule is subject to change as personnel levels grow, they will make changes and increase the number of wading pools open.

Ashfield Park Wading Pool

720 E 19th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Bates Park Wading Pool

330 Clark Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Burke Park Wading Pool

601 E University Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Chesterfield Park Wading Pool

2719 Scott Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Drake Park Wading Pool

2300 Drake Park Avenue Des Moines, IA (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Jordan Park Wading Pool

600 E Wall Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Wednesday ONLY 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Sayers Park Wading Pool

1300 Linden Lane • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Sheridan Park Wading Pool

4000 E Hull Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Stone Park  Wading Pool

2100 SE 5th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Tower Park Wading Pool

4900 Hickman Road • Des Moines, IA • (515) 237-1386
Dates Open: June 1 – August 10, 2017
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Urbandale

Lions Park Wading Pool

72nd and Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA • (515) 278-3963
Dates Open: May 29 – August 8, 2017 (Closed July 1-3)
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Supervised

Aquatic Playground Splash Park

Urbandale Public Swimming Pool • 7201 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA • (515) 278-3959
Dates Open: May 29 – August 8, 2017
Hours: Daily 1:00  – 4:00 pm; Evenings Monday-Friday 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Prices: Ages 2 and under are FREE with a paid adult; Patrons 3 years of age and older $4.00
Supervised

West Des Moines

American Legion Park Sprayground

301 Vine Street • West Des Moines, IA • (515) 222-3444
Dates Open: May 29 – September 4, 2017
Hours: Sunday – Saturday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Prices: FREE
Unsupervised

 

 

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