West Des Moines MidAmerican RecPlex Hours, Costs & Hours of Operation
Visitors will get a comprehensive first look at the MidAmerican Energy Company’s RecPlex in West Des Moines during the facility’s community grand opening on Sunday.
The event will feature raffles and giveaways, RecPlex merchandise for sale, ice skating and curling demonstrations from the Des Moines Curling Club. The physiotherapy clinic at Des Moines University will also be available for rounds.
If you are unable to attend or want to know what to expect, we have the answers to your questions about the new West Des Moines sports facility:
How big is the RecPlex?
The $ 45 million facility is 300,000 square feet located at 6500 Grand Ave. in West Des Moines. The building includes four basketball courts, three pickleball fields, a full-size indoor soccer field, an esports center and two ice rinks.
There is also room for additional activities in open spaces, such as kickball, taekwondo or sacks.
Who is the RecPlex for?
The RecPlex is intended for people of any athletic ability or interest. The building has spaces for business or leisure meetings and is accessible to people with disabilities. Rental fees are the same for residents of West Des Moines and those outside of town.
How many RecPlex is open?
The RecPlex is about 75% complete, Ratcliff said. The hardwood floors, which should be finished by mid-November, still need to be finished, and the game consoles for the eSports room have yet to arrive. Until the hardwood floors are finished, people will not be able to use the basketball, volleyball or pickleball courts. The batting cages will also not be available until mid-November.
Over the next few months, the center will be releasing additional information on a league of bags, with five sets of custom boards available.
What can I do now?
The two rinks at RecPlex are currently available for free skating and free hockey year round. The indoor football pitch, which can be split into three smaller pitches, will be available for entries over the next two weeks, Ratcliff said. Outdoor courts are available for rental and the 3,500 square foot esports hall will be open at the end of October for rental of space on one of its 33 PC gaming seats or two virtual reality stations.
People can also rent some or all of the building’s 3,500 square feet of meeting space, which can be split into three smaller spaces. Covered turf is also available for hire for rugby, football or lacrosse.
There is a calendar of windows available for each activity in the RecPlex on the centre’s website.
How much do drop-ins cost?
Ratcliff said when the courts are open, drop-in basketball, volleyball and football will cost $ 5 with pickleball and the open walk $ 3.
Figure skating will cost $ 12 and open hockey $ 8. The fees for free skating is $ 7 for admission and $ 4 for skate rental. Ratcliff said there are 600 pairs of rental skates available, ranging from toddler sizes to size 15. Fees for drop-in esports have yet to be posted.