Summer Pool Season Ends Next Weekend for Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- With school starting this week for most metro districts, a lot of local area attractions are wrapping up activities for the season.

"If you are swimmers get out and enjoy the pools before the season is over," says Jen Fletcher, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department.

This end of summer season was like any other because it had a few scheduling issues.

"It presented some challenges in terms of planning," says Fletcher. "We base our aquatic schedule on the school schedule, with the delay it posed an issue for us."

The parks department had a wait a month longer than normal to finalize the schedule.

Summer events are ending for this week but September is just as busy for them.

"Triathlon is next weekend at Gray's Lake, The Tribute Trail for 9/11 is on the 14th and Yoga wraps on the 26th," says Fletcher. "We have the National Bicycle and Predestination Documentation Project from 15-19th."

Gray's Lake concessions and rentals will close next weekend but will have limited access because of the Des Moines Triathlon. If you are looking for an alternative to the Gray’s Lake loop, check out the Principal Riverwalk, where two laps around equal 2.4 miles, just over the 1.9 mile distance around the lake.

Just because summer is over that doesn't mean the activities have to stop for your kids. The city has a long list of youth sports.

"You can sign up now for fall and winter sports," says Fletcher. "Football is the big one and that starts on Sept. 9th."

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