McHenry Park is a wonderful park on the north side of Des Moines. I'd never been there before and didn't know what to expect. As it turns out, it has a splash pad, a playground, and a natural playscape. There are three different outdoor shelters, one of which has stunning views! Really, it's an all-around great park.
We parked on Oak Street, which seemed to be a quiet road. We passed by one of the shelters and the bathroom to get to this really cool splash pad:
There was a frog and a turtle to climb. The turtle got a little slippery, but the ground was padded (like you find at mall playgrounds).
They used the turtle as a miniature water slide.
The water drains down a little man-made "creek."
Looking beyond the creek, I could see a swing set and another shelter in the distance. The distant shelter is the one that's not available for reservations currently. The other two are!
This is the playground. Small, but the kids liked it. It has tall monkey bars that gave them a good challenge!
And here's the natural playscape. Both the kids and I were impressed!
The animal splash pad and the natural playscape really made the park stand out as unique and fun!
On the map below, you'll also see a trail marked. It was actually a real nice looking trail, wide with lane lines painted for cyclists.