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Fort Des Moines Park




This 117-acre park rests on a portion of the former Calvary post established on Army Post Road in 1903. Its centerpiece is a deep 14-acre lake, but the park also features two picnic shelters, a children's playground, and an arboretum. 

More than half a century has passed since the Fort Des Moines Calvary Post made its home at the "Ritz Carlton of the Army".  Formerly U.S. Government property, this parkland served as the first Officers' Training Camp for black cadets and the U.S. Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during World War II.  Fort Des Moines Park officially became Polk County Conservation property in 1972.  

Location

Des Moines 
South of Army Post Rd. on S.E. 5th St. (Just west of Southridge Shopping Mall) 

7200 SE 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 323-5300

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Ball diamond
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching  
  • Picnicking
  • Playground 
  • Shelters
  • Nature Trail


Operating Hours & Seasons

Summer Hours:  8:00 a.m. - sunset
Winter Hours: 8:00 a.m. - sunset 


Closures

**Due to recent dredging and pond enhancements, fishing will not be allowed until 2015. This will allow the fish to spawn and grow. Thank you for your patience.

More information can be found at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/39117/waterland_ftdesmoines.pdf.   



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