30+ Free Des Moines Metro Wading Pools, Spraygrounds, and Fountains

A list of over 30 free spraygrounds, wading pools, and fountains in Des Moines. Includes surrounding suburbs and cities like Ankeny, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Altoona, and more.

Are you ready for summer weather and looking for free places to get wet around Des Moines? I have the list for you! Sharing free play fountains, spraygrounds, and wading pools with pictures. There is a link to a DSMOF page with more information about the site listed under each one. I’ll be doing round-ups of area pools, area beaches, and area creeks to creek stomp in as well, so subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss them! Be sure to stay safe and check out some of our favorite summer gear essentials in this post here.


Don’t forget to come prepared!


If you click through you’ll see my notes on places if I’ve been there, but I have to say that my personal favorite is McHenry. Chime in with yours in the comments!

Fountains & Water Features

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

Evelyn Davis Park Play Fountain in Des Moines

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Sargent Park Play fountain in Des Moines

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[Photo courtesy of Snyder & Associates]

Prairie Heritage Park in Altoona

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Cowles Commons Lauridsen Fountain in Des Moines

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Western Gateway Park in Des Moines

Wading Pools

[photo courtesy of Clive Parks and Recreation]

[photo courtesy of Clive Parks and Recreation]

Linnan Park Wading Pool in Clive

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

Jordan Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

Sayers Park Wading pool in Des Moines

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Bates Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Pete Crivaro Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

Burke Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Union Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Ashby Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Tower Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Ashfield Park Wading pool in Des Moines

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

Chesterfield Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Lions Park Wading Pool in Urbandale

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Stone Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Jester Park Natural Playscape Wading Pool in Granger

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

MLK Park Spray/Wading Pool in Des Moines

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Drake Park Wading Pool in Des Moines

Spraygrounds

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

[photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Recreation]

Columbus Park Sprayground in Des Moines

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Grandview Park Sprayground in Des Moines

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

Good Park Sprayground in Des Moines

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McHenry Park Sprayground and Play Stream in Des Moines

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Ashworth Sprayground in Des Moines

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Woodlawn Park Sprayground in Des Moines

[no photo yet!]

Sheridan Park Sprayground in Des Moines

[Picture courtesy of West Des Moines Parks & Rec}

[Picture courtesy of West Des Moines Parks & Rec}

Legion Park Sprayground in West Des Moines

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Dean Park sprayground in Ankeny

[no photo yet!]

Prairie Ridge sprayground in Ankeny (free only for a short window in the morning before the aquatic center opens!)

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Sunrise Park sprayground in Ankeny

Notes!

You can see all of the above places on a map below! Find the main map, that includes these sites along with pools, hiking trails, playgrounds. etc. on this page.

I’d love if you pinned the image below, don’t forget this list so you can get outside and get wet!

  • A list of over 30 free spraygrounds, wading pools, and fountains in Des Moines. Includes surrounding suburbs and cities like Ankeny, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Altoona, and more.

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