Witmer Park in Des Moines, Iowa

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Witmer Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Witmer Park was dedicated in the fall of 2023 after several years of upgrades. The new neighborhood playground equipment is inviting to kids of all ages. My kids loved how it felt like a traditional structure but had special little elements spread throughout. They loved playing on the ropes to climb on and playing on the roller slide. They also appreciated the small little hill behind the playground. It was the perfect place to play King of the Mountain. 

Witmer Park is a nature getaway in the middle of the city. The 19 acres are a delight to explore. The stocked pond features a floating fishing pier. The large paved loops around the park are the perfect place to get steps in and also to bird watch.  


Witmer Park is located at 1610 34th St in Des Moines, 1/2 mile from Drake University. 

Basic Park Details

Type: Places to play, places to play tennis and pickleball, places to fish 

Bathrooms: Yes, seasonal flushable restrooms, drinking fountain

Shade: Shaded throughout the park, not near the playground

Playground: 5-12 year old playground

Trails: paved large loop around the park

Water: None

Official website: https://www.dsm.city/business_detail_T6_R98.php

Park Amenities

  • Two open-air picnic shelters, available for rent
  • Tennis courts (with pickleball lines)
  • Large open field
  • Backstop
  • Parking lot near pond, street parking near playground
  • Wood chips surfacing
  • Stocked pond with floating dock
  • Swings ( traditional, baby swing, molded bucket swings)

Located Near Witmer Park

Located just 1/2 mile from Witmer Park is the well-known neighborhood. Check out these other places nearby!

  • Classic ice cream shop, Snookies, 1810 Beaver Ave. This is a family favorite for all!
  • Up Beaver Ave, you’ll also find Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave, which is also dearly loved by my family. 
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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