Water Works Park – Des Moines, Iowa

Water Works Park, Des Moines, Iowa, Lauridsen Ampitheater, Reichardt Family Natural Play Area

Water Works Park is one of the largest urban parks located in the Des Moines area near downtown Des Moines. Central Iowans flock to this beautiful park all year round to play, explore, events, and more. This amazing park is located off of Fleur Drive and George Flagg Pkwy directly across the street from another central Iowa favorite, Gray’s Lake Park.

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Information:

Name: Water Works Park

Address: 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321

Type: Places to take a walk, places to play

Bathrooms: Yes

Shade: Yes, shade trees intermittently

Playground: Natural playground located at the Reichardt Family Natural Play Area

Trails: Yes, paved (multi-use roads shared with cars)

Water: Yes, fountain and river

Other notes: Contains the Arie Den Boer Arboretum with lots of flowering crabapples and the Dale Maffitt Reservoir with a grass nature trail. Picturesque hanging rope swing in the park – directions found in the spring 2017 blog post linked below.

Official Website: https://www.dmww.com/parks___events/water_works_park.php

DSMOF Blog posts:

Arie Den Boer Arboretum at Water Works Park

Reichardt Family Natural Play Area at Water Works Park

Other things nearby of note:

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Water Works Park is one of the largest urban parks located in the Des Moines area near downtown Des Moines. Central Iowans flock to this beautiful park all year round to play, explore, events, and more. This amazing park is located off of Fleur Drive and George Flagg Pkwy directly across the street from another central Iowa favorite, Gray’s Lake Park. Water Works Park stretches 1,500 acres of open wooded areas. Enjoy equestrian trails, visit the Arie den Boer Arboretum, or take a photo at the Denman Memorial Garden and Fountain.

Along with bike trails, a natural play area, fishing, walking trails, a great lawn for picnics, and more is the Lauridsen Amphitheater and Killinger Family Stage which offers music festivals and other events during the warmer months. Take a look a the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation website for upcoming concerts and more. Des Moines Water Works Park has become a popular concert venue for many in the heart of Des Moines.

While adventuring through Water Works Park walk or bike over the Raccoon River that flows through the large, Des Moines park.

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