Greenwood Ashworth Park, Pond, and Splash Park

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Greenwood Ashworth Park, Pond, and Splash Park

This is one of my favorite areas to visit because of all the trees and exploring that can be done. While the kids love the area because of the water features, people of all ages will fall in love with this beautiful park in the heart of Des Moines and all of the outdoor activities it provides. The 140-acre park is a great place to spend the day exploring, then cool off in the splash park. The entire water area is made of huge rocks in various shapes and sprinklers that shoot out in all sorts of places! The kids loved seeing where the water would be coming out next. It is shady in the area which makes it the perfect spot on a hot summer day. 

Greenwood Ashworth Park was Des Moines’ first park and is still a favorite today. Learn more about the city of Des Moines Park and the surrounding area. 

Looking for other splash pads, wading pools, and sprayrounds in Des Moines? Check out our giant guide!


Greenwood-Ashworth Park is located near the Des Moines Art Center, Ashworth Pool, and Miles Mills Rose Garden in Des Moines and the actual splash park’s official address is 4500 Grand AvenueFor easy access to the splash park turn left off 45th Street and go up the hill by the Greenwood Lagoon area and follow the signs posted. 

Basic Park Details

Type: Places to play, places to take a hike, places to take a walk, places to get wet
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter and partially shaded playground
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, paved trails and dirt trail
Water: Yes, pond and sprayground
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Park Amenities

  • Dan and Mary Kelly Family Sprayground
  • Accessible Playground
  • Jay Spence Enclosed Shelter
  • Sylvan Amphitheater – Located on the west side of 45th Street
  • Open Shelter
  • Clare and Miles Mills Rose Garden
  • Ashworth Pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Restrooms 
  • Picnic  Areas and Tables
  • Benches
  • Charcoal Grills
  • Ice Skating
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Parking Lots
  • Greenwood Park Lagoon
    • Urban wetland
    • Public art
    • Open air classroom
    • Fishing
      • Iowa DNR stocks the pond with bass, bluegill, and catfish
    • Walk the boardwalk on summer or fall date nights 
  • Miles of trails
    • Dirt trails
    • Gravel trail
  • Bill Riley Trail
    • A paved path perfect for Walking/Bike
    • Intersects with Walnut Creek Trail  
  • Des Moines Art Center is within walking distance
  • Ashworth Pool is within walking distance

Other Places to Explore and Have Fun in Des Moines

While Greenwood Ashworth Park can keep you busy all day there are so many other fun places to play in Des Moines. Add these to your Des Moines itinerary! 


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!

One thought on “Greenwood Ashworth Park, Pond, and Splash Park

  1. Avatar Rose Turner says:

    Do you have a shelter available for July 30th for an afternoon with a grill and close to playground and sprayground?

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