Pickleball in Des Moines


PICKLEBALL DES MOINESAre you part of the pickleball craze? You are in luck, playing pickleball in Des Moines is a dink. Pickleball, a combo of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong was invented by three dads trying to curb boredom among their children. It’s a game all skill levels and ages can enjoy!

Where to Play Pickleball in Des Moines

Smash Park

Smash Park is the ultimate stop for pickleball fans with indoor and outdoor courts, a pro shop, lessons, and leagues. It’s also a great place to try pickleball if you are new to the sport as they have all the equipment for you. You can also enjoy food, drinks, and other games and activities.

Dinks Pickleball

Dinks is the largest dedicated pickleball venue indoors or outdoors in central Iowa with 13 professional dedicated indoor pickleball courts. Join a league, play in a tournament, or even take lessons.


Indoor facilities often require reservations and may require fees as well. Equipment may be available for rent.

Pioneer Columbus Recreation Center | 2100 SE 5th St, Des Moines
Monday – Friday,  8 a.m. – noon, Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 p.m. $2 for any session, all ages

Valley Community Center | 4400 Fuller Road, West Des Moines
Mon, Wed, & Fri 8 a.m. – noon, ages 18+

Johnston Middle School | 6510 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston
October – April, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Wednesdays, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The RecPlex | 6500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines
Open play and reserved courts available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Prairie Trail Sports Complex in Ankeny | 2250 SW Vintage Dr, Ankeny
Open play and leagues. Open daily 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Outdoor Pickleball Courts

Outdoor spots are typically free and first come first serve, but you need to bring your own equipment.

Birdland | 2100 Saylor Rd., Des Moines

Campbell Recreation Area | 1885 N.W. 123rd St, Clive

Doanes Park | 4900 Doanes Park Rd, Pleasant Hill

Fox Creek Park | 522 NE Westgate Drive, Waukee

Greentree Park | 2063 NW Hickory Ln, Ankeny

McCollum Waveland Tennis Complex | 928 Polk Blvd, Des Moines

Valley View Park | 225 88th Street, West Des Moines

Walker Johnston Park | 9000 Douglas Avenue, Urbandale

Wildwood Park | 15166 Wildwood Dr, Clive

Witmer Park | 1610 34th St, Des Moines

Leagues and Tournaments

Ready to take your pickleball play to the next level? Check out a league or tournament.

Raccoon River Park | 2500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines
Tuesdays, May – July, approximately 6:15, 7:15, 8:15 & 9:15 p.m.

Ankeny Pickleball League
Information on tournaments and leagues in Ankeny and the surrounding area.

Des Moines Metro Pickleball Club
Information on all things pickleball in the metro area including tournaments, leagues, pop-up play, and more.

Where is your favorite place to play pickleball?



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