Doanes Park in Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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Doanes Park in Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Doanes Park in Pleasant Hill has many different inviting areas to play. As you enter the park to the left near the pickleball courts, there is a new sprayground near a giant unique climbing globe. My kids loved climbing in this and challenging themselves to climb in different ways. They also loved that there were two different nest saucer swings next to each other. 

As you keep driving into the park, on the right side is a shaded traditional 2-5-year-old and 5-12-year-old playground. This playground feels like a secluded treasure with all of the trees around. My monkey bar-loving child loved all of the places she could show off all her skills here. We also love the short nature trail loop near these playgrounds. It’s a perfect quick nature escape while still in the city.

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Splash Pad

The new splash pad has sprayers, sprinklers, nozzles, and a spraying globe. My kids especially loved the spray globe. The splash pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day daily from 9 am to 8 pm, free of charge. (Dates and times are subject to change due to weather).


Doanes Park is located at 4900 Doanes Park Road in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. 

Basic Park Details

Type: Places to play, places to play in water, places to hike, places to 

Bathrooms: Seasonal flushable restrooms, water fountains

Shade: Shade by the 2-5-year-old and 5-12-year-old playground, an open-air shelter near the climbing dome and splash pad.

Playground: 2-5 year old and 5-12 year old playground

Trails: one soft hiking loop

Water: Splash pad

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Park Amenities

  • Open-air picnic shelter near splash pad (first come, first serve)
  • Open-air shelter near two playgrounds (available for rent)
  • Large trees
  • Pickleball courts
  • Swings (infant bucket and traditional)
  • Parking lots
  • Rubber tiles under the climbing globe
  • Wood chips under two playgrounds
  • Baseball/softball fields
  • Basketball court

Located Near Doanes Park

One of our favorite things to do after visiting Doanes Park is to get ice cream at Over the Top Ice Cream, 955 NE 56th St in Pleasant Hill. We also love checking out the Pleasant Hill Public Library up the road at 5151 Maple Dr #2.

Kaci Kennedy

Kaci Kennedy

Kaci is an adventurer and park enthusiast. She will often be exploring Central Iowa parks and finding hidden treasures with her five kids. Most of all, Kaci enjoys sharing all of her discoveries with those around her. Give her a follow on Instagram at @kennedysdoparks.

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