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Nice park

Very huge park. You can bike,run or walk. I love the fact that there's a river n lots of tree. If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Well kept trails, great dog park!

My pup and I like to spend our Sunday afternoons at Racoon River Park. There is plenty of walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Meghan J
Des Moines, Iowa
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2500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5719
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very huge park. You can bike,run or walk. I love the fact that there's a river n lots of tree. If you are a nature person you will love it here. Very calming to just go for self care

Thank Naomijcampbell
Reviewed 1 week ago

My pup and I like to spend our Sunday afternoons at Racoon River Park. There is plenty of walking area around the park, plus many side trails that are on the river. The park is well kept, the beach area clean, and there is always...More

Thank Meghan J
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Great place to walk with your sweetie and your dog! Whether you live here or just visiting. Beach, fishing and birdwatching too.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We usually go here to walk—it's a pleasant and flat three-mile walk, that's usually quiet, with a lot of birds and a few people and water on both sides. There's also a nice sand beach, but that gets awfully busy on summer days and can...More

1  Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed 22 December 2017

The park has a three mile groomed trail to walking, jogging or biking, that wraps around Blue Heron Lake and along the Raccoon River. It is quiet and there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in the mornings. There is also a children's play...More

1  Thank V6034PRrichardb
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Dog park was great for my puppy and enjoyable. Other patrons were super friendly as well. I kayak on the lake which is very peaceful

Thank FilbyL
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Nice facility with 5 softball fields. Adequate parking with a park/pavilion close by if would have been there in the summer and needed a shady break. Very safe area and easy to find! Looks like there is a lot of things to do in this...More

Thank Jean M
Reviewed 3 October 2017

I ended up at this park because of riding the Jordan Creek Trail bike path through West Des Moines. The trail enters the park, and wraps all around the small lake - a beautiful little ride. The park has a man-made beach for land-locked Iowans....More

Reviewed 28 September 2017

We love Raccoon River Park. In the summer, you can start your bike ride on the trails there since there is plenty of parking and the paths there lead to the trails around West Des Moines along the creeks and rivers by Fuller, Railroad and...More

Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We have spent quite a bit of time in the dog parks. They're wonderful; very large and nicely maintained. The large dog part is huge! It has two different areas. There are water stations in many places for the dogs on hot days Great place...More

Thank 77jackiec
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16 June 2018|
Response from V6034PRrichardb | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I have attended weddings and receptions at the park. They are held at or near the nature center. The nature center has a large room to facilitate weddings and receptions. You need to contact personnel at the nature... More