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Woodland Hills Park – West Des Moines, Iowa

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This is a new park out in West Des Moines, with two separate playgrounds and a ton of nets to climb. The older playset is entirely made of net and poles, with very few stationery platforms or places to stand firmly.

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Jester Park – Granger, Iowa

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Jester Park is a hugely popular park, with lots of options. The natural playscape sits alongside a bison and elk herd, several campgrounds flank miles of wooded trails. Discovery Pond is a beautiful spot to explore, and there is regular nature programming held throughout the park. They are currently building an indoor nature center in the middle of the park, but the detour signs are clearly marked in order to acces both sides of the park. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.

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Dewey Park – Johnston, Iowa

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Dewey Park is a large park with lots of play options, with a big playset and a toddler playset. The entire park is surrounded by a paved walking trail, with soccer fields and open space in the middle.

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Adventure Ridge Park – Johnston, Iowa

[Photo courtesy of Johnston Parks and Rec]
[Photo courtesy of Johnston Parks and Rec]
Adventure Ridge Park has a playground and lots of open space to play in, located off the trail system.

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Colby Park – Windsor Heights, Iowa

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Colby Park is a large park with open green space, trail connection, an outdoor stage, and unique playground elements. My kids love the fire truck riding toy!