Not only is Water Works Park a popular spot for walks, bike rides, weddings, and family gatherings, it’s also the venue for many organized events such as concerts, marathons and the annual Jolly Holiday Lights display.
On May 14, Hy-Vee hosted the 10th annual Kids Fishing Derby in the park. Rain, mud and cold temps didn’t stop people from enjoying the event. An estimated crowd of 10,000-12,000 people were in attendance. This year $50,000 was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, bringing the total donations over the 10-year period to $773,000.
The large event field in the western portion of the park will be the site of the Summer Jam on Saturday, June 25, and the Big Country Bash on Sunday, June 26. The crowd size is expected to range from 5,000 people at the rock concert to over 20,000 for the country show.
Park hours are 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily. Park Police Officers are available for emergencies and other park-related questions or concerns. The morning officer can be reached at (515) 208-1900 and the afternoon officer can be reached at (515) 208-1872.
Contact Des Moines Water Works staff at (515) 283-8752 for shelter and park reservations or arboretum donations. The donor tree program has been suspended; however donations can still be made to the Park Fund that helps maintain the collection of trees and plants.