Playgrounds with rubber footing around Des Moines, Iowa

When the weather starts to finally warm up and the snow melts, playgrounds with lots of dirt or sparse wood chips can turn into mud pits. I thought I’d put together a list of playgrounds with rubber footing around Des Moines, Iowa so you can get outside even if you don’t want to do a million loads of laundry! These are are all parks you can visit without getting muddy and burn off all that stir crazy winter energy.

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Now is the perfect time to buy some waterproof boots for spring playing! We usually have one pair of waterproof boots and one pair of tennis shoes for spring, then sandals or warmer boots for winter.

We also adore our Oakiwear rainsuits, they are super high quality and you can buy 2 sizes bigger because they cinch at the ankles/waist/wrists, so they’re worth the investment! Perfect for muddy days, buy one on Amazon*. Then you don’t have to be as picky about playground footing.

If it’s really miserable, don’t forget this list of places to burn energy indoors and this list of where to find nature indoors around Central Iowa!

Parks with rubber footing around Des Moines, Iowa

You can find a map at the end of the post, showing all of the different spots. Please let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any and I’ll happily add them!


Dean Park

Miracle Park


Ironwwood Park

Des Moines

Pete Crivaro

Ashley Okland Star Playground

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]
Drake Park


[Photo courtesy of Johnston Parks and Rec]
Morningside Park


Warrior Park, Norwalk, Iowa

Warrior Park

Pleasant Hill

Copper Creek Lake Park

Polk City

Polk City Town Square


Fox Creek Park, Fox Creek Splash Pad, Waukee, Iowa, Des Moines, Park

Fox Creek Park

West Des Moines


Walnut Woods

Windsor Heights

Colby Park – this is only partially rubber, with wood chips throughout, so proceed with caution!

A map of where they are all located:

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