Ashby Park : A Summer Tradition

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Ashby Park: A Summer Tradition

Ashby Park is my children’s favorite place to play during the summer and for good reason.  In fact, it should be listed on everyone’s Summer Bucket List  The reason why?  Ashby Park offers a chance to play in both water and on playground equipment.  On top of this, it offers lots of trees for shade, which gives you a chance to cool off and have a picnic lunch in the hot Iowa Summer.  

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Wading Pool


Ashby Park is located at 3200 38th St in Des Moines in the Beaverdale neighborhood. 

Basic Park Details

Type: Places to play, places to take a walk, and places to get wet

Bathrooms: Yes

Shade: Yes, partially shaded splash pool and shaded shelter

Playground: Yes

Trails: Yes, dirt trail

Water: Yes, wading pool with fountains

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Park Amenities

  • Backstop
  • Grill
  • Rain garden
  • Tennis courts 
  • Picnic tables
  • Reservable shelter
  • Specific toddler-size playground
  • Baby swings.
  • Wading Pool/Splash Pool
    • Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays from 12 – 6 p.m. Hours are subject to change due to the weather. 
  • Make a stop at Snookie’s Malt Shop for a sweet treat after playing! 
Wading Pool Area

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

4 thoughts on “Ashby Park : A Summer Tradition

  1. Been an Iowa resident my whole life and very active in the outdoors yet I didn’t know of a few of these. Thank you for sharing and thank you for being an involved dad that explores with his kiddos!

  2. The hours for the splash pool should read
    Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, Noon – 6:00 p.m

  3. Just went to Ashby park this morning (6/3/21) and the wadding pool was not filled. Was bummed it wasn’t open.

  4. I know 🙁 I heard there is a huge shortage of lifeguards right now. Hopefully, it will open soon!

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