McHenry Park and Sprayground – Des Moines, Iowa

mchenry park and sprayground des moines iowa

McHenry Park and Sprayground is really unique and fun – the sprayground drains to a little manmade play stream so bring something small to float down it. There is a conventional playset as well as a ‘natural’ playground with logs to climb and play on. The paved trail runs beside it, with an overlook of downtown and the lake.

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Information:

Name: McHenry Park and Sprayground
Address: 1012 Oak Park Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313
Type: Places to play, take a walk, and get wet
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter and partially shaded playground
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, paved
Water: Yes, sprayground and play creek
Other notes: Backstop, grill, sprayground, scenic overlook. The sprayground drains to a little manmade play stream. Reservable shelter.
Official Website: http://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/McHenry.aspx
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[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

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[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

[Photo courtesy of Des Moines Parks and Rec]

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  1. […] My kids love playing in water, whether it is at a sprayground (here is a list of all the free wading pools and spraygrounds!), lake, or creek. I have the most fun when we take “creek walks” or go “creek splashing” because it is rarely deep enough to be worrisome and we are almost always the only ones there. Throwing rocks, hunting for crayfish, and digging in the sand keeps them busy for as long as I can stand it! Check out all the good creek splashing spots we have found around Des Moines, Iowa; there is a map at the bottom! Let me know if I missed any of your favorites, I will keep it updated. Also check out the artificial “creek” at McHenry Park! […]

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