Family Guide to Athene North Shore Recreation Park

Athene North Shore Recreation Park at Easter Lake, Des Moines

Enjoy sand, water, sun, and fun at Athene North Shore Recreation Park at Easter Lake Park. The newly opened park is labeled the most universally accessible park in the country. There truly is something for everyone.  

Little kids can run and splash in the play area, big kids can swim at the beach, and everyone can enjoy the peaceful views of the lake. 

The playground includes a roller slide, merry go-round, and teeter totter. The sprayground water area is controlled by a button. There is also a nature playscape to climb on, a sound garden, and interactive sensory table tennis. 

My kids made a beeline for the beach and loved swimming out to the diving platform and splashing in the water. Note that there is no life guard on duty, so swim at your own risk. 

The best part is it is designed to be fully accessible for people of ALL abilities. 

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sprayground at Athene North Shore Recreation Area

Park Amenities: 

  • Swimming beach and diving platform
  • Quiet, de-escalation rooms for people with sensory input disorders
  • Bathrooms and water fountain
  • Concessions 
  • Rain garden and sand play area
  • Extra-wide concrete paths for wheelchairs and walkers
  • Full inventory of adaptive and accessible equipment for rent including stand-up paddle boards and adaptive kayaks
  • Zero-entry ramps providing easier access to the water
  • Fully accessible natural playscape
  • Nature and outdoor recreation programming 
  • Large parking lot with easy access to the park


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