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DES MOINES, Iowa -- With colder weather on the horizon Des Moines Parks and Rec workers are preparing parks for the winter.

The department took advantage of this weekend's warmer weather to start the process. Crews visited the city's 70 parks to make sure everything was ready for winter.

They want everything done before the frost comes. It's all to avoid damage to the water pipes that could cost the city thousands.

The process usually takes around two weeks but crews say it'll be less this year because they have weather on their side.

“Well, we are making sure that all the water is turned off. We are closing down restrooms. We are cleaning out the irrigation line, so nothing freezes and damages the pipe. We are also wrapping trees so the deer don't damage them,” says Jen Fletcher with Des Moines Parks and Rec.

They expect the work to be done early this week.

Fletcher says if you planning on going to one of the city parks make sure to pack water because everything will be shut off.