Where to Go Sledding in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Where to Go Sledding in Des Moines

I’ve been holding off on writing this article, since this year’s winter hasn’t been filled with the snowfalls like last year.  Now that it has finally snowed, kids will be ready to get out and play in it.  You can be prepared with our list of the best sledding hills in the Des Moines area. Here’s to a happy snow day and where you can go sledding in Des Moines. 

Know Before You Go

  • Call ahead to:
    • verify that sledding is allowed, some places only allow sledding after receiving several inches of snow.
    • ask for permission before sledding on private property.
    • verify what facilities are available on-site. Most local parks winterize their restrooms and you will not have access to them.
    • verify where the sledding hill is within the park or golf course.
  • Make sure the hill—and the space at the bottom of it—is completely clear of trees, fences, utility poles, and other obstacles.
  • Consider wearing a helmet. The head is the most common area of the body to get hurt—accounting for 34 percent of all sledding injuries.
  • Make sure your kids know that once their run is done, they should quickly move to the side, out of the other sledders’ way.
  • Try to sled during the daytime, when visibility is better. If you go sledding at night, make sure the hillside is well lit and all potential hazards are visible.
  • Remember to dress for the weather.
  • Bring along a warm beverage and a snack.
  • And, don’t forget your camera.

Sledding Spots around Des Moines

Blank Golf Course

Where: 808 County Line Road; Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: (515) 248-6300
Website: http://golfblank.com/

Brenton Arboretum

Where: 25141 260th St, Dallas Center, IA 50063
Phone: (515) 992-4211
Website: http://www.thebrentonarboretum.org/

Campbell Park

Where: 12385 Woodlands Parkway; Clive, IA 50325
Phone: (515) 223-6220
Website: http://www.cityofclive.com/

Capital Hill

Where: 1111 East Court Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Centennial Park

Where: 1255 Warrior Lane; Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone: (515) 978-0007
Website: http://www.waukee.org/563/Centennial-Park

Country Club Glen Park

Where: 16335 Sheridan Avenue; Clive, IA 50325
Phone: (515) 223-6220
Website: http://www.cityofclive.com/

Ewing Park

Where: 5300 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320
Phone: (515) 237-1386
Website: https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/Ewing.aspx

Bright – Grandview Golf Course

Where: 2401 E 29th St, Des Moines, IA 50317
Phone: (515) 248-6301
Website: http://golfbrightgrandview.com/

Greenwood Park

Where: 4500 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 237-1386
Website: https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/Greenwood.aspx

Lions Park

Where: 507 13th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 967-5136
Website: http://www.altoona-iowa.com/departments/community-services/parks/

MacRae Park

Where: 1021 Davis Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 237-1386
Website: http://www.dmgov.org/departments/parks/pages/macrae.aspx

Northcreek Park

Where:  2301 W 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 963-3570
Website: ankeny.gov

Otter Creek Golf Course

Where: 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 965-6464
Website: http://www.ottercreekankeny.com/

Pearson Park

Where: 1256 19th Street; West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3444
Website: wdm.iowa.gov

Pointe Vista Park

Where: 9612 Enfield Drive, Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 727-8091
Website: http://cityofjohnston.com/index.aspx?NID=157

Southwoods Park

Where: 350 S. 35th Street; West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3444
Website: wdm.iowa.gov

Waveland Golf Course

Where: 4908 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: (515) 248-6302
Website: http://golfwaveland.com/

Winter Park

Where: 5110 72nd Street; Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 278-3963
Website: http://www.urbandale.org/

 

Where do you and your brood go sledding in Des MoinesShare your favorite sledding spot with us in the Comments section below. 

  1. Thanks so much. I’ve been hoping for an article on this!

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