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Raccoon River Park /Sprayground/Beach/Dog park – West Des Moines, Iowa

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Raccoon River Park/Sprayground/Beach/Dog park is a huge park with lots to offer – the playground has a unique ship shape, sand pit, and several structures. The trail going around the lake is over 3 miles long, and a mix of crushed rock and pavement. There are lots of wildflowers and wildlife to see along the trail, come back and cool off at the swimming beach.

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Prospect Park – Des Moines, Iowa

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]
[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]
Prospect Park has a river with boat ramp, ADA accessible playground, and a great shelter to stay out of the sun.

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Birdland Park- Des Moines, Iowa

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Birdland Park has a boat marina and lake, surrounded by a paved recreational trail and an ADA accessible playground.

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Gray’s Lake Park – Des Moines, Iowa

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Gray’s Lake is a large, busy park near downtown with a playground, swimming beach and long walking trail. The bridge is lit up at night with a rainbow of colors, and the lake is usually filled with boats during the day.