Central Iowa: Splash Pads, Beaches & More!

Central Iowa is loaded with pools and aquatic centers, but we have even more splash grounds, wading pools and beaches! Below, is a combined list of what is available in our area including times, prices and more! Grab your sunscreen and bookmark this page for the Summer!

Central Iowa

Ankeny

  • Dean Park – 2510 SE Tones Drive
    • Dean Park is a neighborhood park, featuring a rubberized playground, half-court basketball court, splash pad and shelter. It opened in 2010 and has become the gathering hub for current residents.

 

  • Splashpad – Located at Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
    • Opens May 31st – August 12th
    • Monday through Friday; 10 am – 11:45 am
    • FREE!

Clive

  • Linnan Park (Wading Pool) – 8500 Alice Avenue
    • Maximum depth 1.5 feet
    • June 6th – August 5th
    • Monday – Friday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • FREE!

Des Moines

  • Splash Pads – All splash pads are open May 28th thru September 11th! Mon – Fri; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat – Sun & Holidays; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All are staffed!
    • Ashby Park –  3200 38th Street
    • ML King Park – 1650 Garfield Avenue
    • Pete Crivaro Park –  1012 SE 14th Street
    • Union Park –  725 Thompson Avenue

 

  • Wading Pools – All are open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. starting June 1st thru August 10th. Jordan Park has different hours, see below! All are staffed!
    • Ashfield Park–  720 East 19th Street
    • Bates Park – 330 Clark Street
    • Burke Park – 601 East University Avenue
    • Chesterfield Park –  2719 Scott Avenue
    • Drake Park –  2300 Drake Park Avenue
    • Jordan Park – 600 East Wall Avenue
      • Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
      • Wednesday ONLY; Noon – 6 p.m.
      • Opens June 1st – August 10th
    • Sayers Park –  1300 Linden Lane
    • Sheridan Park – 4000 Hull Avenue
    • Stone Park – 2100 Southeast 5th
    • Tower Park –  4900 Hickman Road

 

  • Spraygrounds & Fountains – Open May 2nd thru October 11th. All are open daily 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Evelyn K Davis Park (Fountain) – 1400 Forest Ave
    • Sargent Park Natural Playscape (Fountain) -3530 E Douglas Ave
    • Columbus Park–  1921 SE 1st St
    • Grandview Park – 3230 Easton Blvd
    • Greenwood Park – 4500 Grand Avenue
    • Good Park – 1103 17th Street
    • Mc Henry Park –  1012 Oak Park Ave
    • Woodlawn Park – 3127 Valdez Dr

 

  • Beaches 
    • Grays Lake Beach – 2101 Fleur Drive
      • Opens Memorial Day weekend.
      • Open 5 a.m. – Midnight
      • Sailing, canoeing, swimming, and more!
      • No lifeguards on duty. Must swim in designated beach areas only!

Granger

  • Jester Park Natural Playscape – Located in Jester Park. A great place to get wet and have fun on all natural equipment! You can even check out the bison!

Saylorville

Saylorville Lake offers a lot of activities including: fishing, boating, swimming, play areas, camping and more. Check here for complete details, prices, hours, and more!

  • Sandpiper Beach – Located at the North end of the lake
  • Oak Grove Beach – Located on the East side of the lake
  • Big Creek State Park – 8794 NW 125th Avenue, Polk City
    • Hunting, fishing, swimming, boating and more!

Urbandale

  • Lions Park (Wading Pool) – 72nd Street & Prairie Ave.
    • Monday – Friday
    • 12:30 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m.
    • FREE
    • Will be closed July 1st – July 4th

 

  • Aquatic Playground (Wading Pool) – 7201 Aurora Avenue
    • Daily: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday – Friday: 7 p.m. -8:30 p.m.
    • 2 and under: FREE w/ paying adult ;  3 and older: $4

West Des Moines

  • American Legion Park (Sprayground) – 301 Vine Street
    • Spray ground open Memorial Day through Labor Day; 11 am – 7 pm daily!
    • Playground equipment, large open field, shelter, bathrooms, tennis court, and more!

 

  • Raccoon River Park (Beach) – 2500 Grand Avenue
    • Beach, playground, nature lodge, dog park and more!
    • No lifeguards on duty!