Columbus Park: A South Side Treasure

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Columbus Park: A South Side Treasure

Did you know there is a pirate ship park on the South side?!  My kiddos love pirates and using their imaginations. This playground is definitely a treasure! After playing at the park you can head to the Blank Park Zoo if you want. It is not too far away! Not only does the park boast a pirate ship playground, but also a pirate ship spray area. The kids will love the water cannon in the spray area.  Columbus Park is definitely worth a visit this Summer for some pirate fun!  

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The park is located at 1921 SE 1st Street in the city of Des Moines. In the McKinley School – Columbus Park neighborhood. 


Basic Park Details

Type: Places to play and places to get wet
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter
Playground: Yes
Trails: Unknown
Water: Yes, sprayground
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Park Amenities

  • Enclosed Shelter,
  • Open Shelter
  • Sprayground
  • Restrooms
  • Accessible Playground
  • Picnic Tables
  • Benches
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Parking Lots
  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Open Space.

Fun Fact about Columbus Park 

Columbus Park used to be named Walker Playground. Learn more about why Des Moines changed its name. 


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!

2 thoughts on “Columbus Park: A South Side Treasure

  1. Avatar Shaunna Ulrick says:

    We live close to there and my kidlette loves playing there!

  2. Avatar Emily Saville says:

    What time does the water turn on for the splash pad?

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