Flooding Closing Parks and Trails Across Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Even though water levels are dropping across Des Moines, it’s still caused some headaches for the city.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation closed Simon Estes Amphitheater as well as parts of the River Walk due to rising levels.

The department closely monitors the Army Corps’ forecast and water gauges to determine when to close parks and trails.

Once the levels drop, it can take up to a week for crews to come in and clear away debris.

Public Works Director Ben Page says he hopes the public understands the barricades are up for a reason.

“When we close a part of the park system whether that be the trails or parks please stay away,” Page said. “You just can’t tell what’s underneath that water, it’s not like a pool where you can see underneath that water. It’s very muddy water, it’s dirty, you don’t know what’s floating. It’s a very unsafe situation, so that’s why we put up the barricades.”

A wedding scheduled at Simon Estes Amphitheater for this weekend has been relocated.

Parks and Recreation also canceled its Father’s Day Canoe Float this weekend.

Instead, dad’s can get into any Des Moines aquatic center with the purchase of a child’s admission.


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