We’re conserving Water Works Park’s wild spaces, all while improving community access and creating cleaner water for Central Iowans.


Learn about water treatment, watershed protection, pollution prevention, and water quality in an accessible, urban setting.


Whether you are looking for trails to explore or a quiet place to enjoy nature close to the city, you’re sure to find it here.

Become a Friend of the Park!

With a Friends of the Park Foundation membership, you’ll help us continue to offer amazing concerts, cultural events, festivals and more while promoting our values of Conservation, Well-Being, Collaboration, Inclusion, and Amazement.


Benefits of Being a Friend

Friends of the Park get some fantastic exclusive benefits:

  • Opportunity to purchase tickets to any ticketed summer concert or music event before they go on sale to the public
  • Notification of upcoming events prior to public announcement
  • Free “No Water. No Beer” T-shirt and Slap Koozie
  • Opportunity to participate in private VIP Events, Celebrity Meet & Greets, and special ticket and merchandise giveaways

A Great Gift Idea!

Purchase a membership as a gift to your friends or loved-ones who love the park, the outdoors, and celebrating central Iowa.

Early Bird Drawing

Purchase a membership before the end of 2023, and you will be entered to win the following great prizes:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd album rom original album art designer John Sayles.
  • Two VIP tickets to any 2024 concert
  • Two beers, two brats, and two pretzels at the Biergarten 

We Invite You To Explore The Park!

As one of America’s largest urban parks, we invite you to explore 1,500 acres of riverside woodland at Water Works Park. Hugging the Raccoon River west of Gray’s Lake in Des Moines, Iowa, Water Works Park is an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city.

The Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation improves the quality of life for Central Iowan’s by enhancing Water Works Park. The Foundation, formed in November 2013, is a non-profit organization integrating education, conservation, and recreation to connect visitors to clean water.

Making Waves of Change

Support our mission of education, conservation, and recreation!