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Ames Park System
Ames boasts 37 parks and a full compliment of recreational facilities. Charles and June Calhoun park is our newest park. It features a small shelter, paved parking lot and access to the south side of Ada Hayden Heritage Park. The City Council, Parks & Recreation Commission, and City staff invites you to enjoy our City's beautiful park system.  

 

 

 

2013-2018 PARKS MASTER PLAN

PARKS WITH SHELTERS FOR RENT

  • Furman Aquatic Center

    Furman Aquatic Center
    1. Address:1635 13th St.
      Ames, IA 50010
    2. Phone:515-232-7665
    Amenities:
    1. Concessions Available
    2. Diving Platform/Board
    3. Drinking Fountain
    4. Family Changing Rooms
    5. Gift Cards Available
    6. Lockers Available
    7. Off Street Parking
    8. On Bus Route
    9. Paved Bike Path
    10. Picnic Area
    11. Picnic Tables
    12. Restrooms
    13. Water Slides
    14. WiFi Hotspot
    Categories:
    1. City Facilities
    2. Parks & Recs Facilities
    3. Specialized Parks

FURMAN AQUATIC CENTER HOURS (OPENING MAY 27)
 SUMMER
   SCHOOL IN SESSION
 DAILY    WEEKDAYS WEEKENDS
 

ADULT LAP SWIM (SHORT COURSE)

11 AM - 1 PM

TOT TIME (AGES 7 & UNDER)

11 AM - 1 PM

 ADULT WATER WALKING

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM (T/TH/SUN)

OPEN SWIM

1 PM - 8 PM


 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

11 AM - 1 PM

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM

(T/TH)

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM

(SUN)

5 PM - 7 PM

1 PM - 8 PM

 
There will be no admittance between 12:30 and 1:00 PM.

 

Three lap lanes will be dedicated for Adult Lap Swim during open swim (short course).

The deep end is closed Monday & Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM due to aqua classes. The lazy river is closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 7:00-8:00 PM for water walking.

 

Summer Pool Admission Rates

View Pool and Facility Calendars

Located in the heart of Ames, the $10 million Furman Aquatic Center includes a 550' lazy river with a waterfall and two tremendous water slides both over 200' in length. There's a 50 meter pool that boasts a 150' drop slide, basketball hoops, 3-meter platform, and a 1-meter spring board. A 5,000 square foot recreational pool includes zero depth entry, spray features, a large play structure, a children's slide, and a toddler slide. 

Deep Water Test: Kids 12 and under. We will be deep water testing at 2:00 4:00 and 6:00 PM daily .Child must push off from the side of the pool, swim to the middle of the 50 meter basin using the crawl stroke (with face in the water), tread water for 30 seconds and then swim using the crawl stroke (face in the water) back to the side of the pool. 

UPDATED HOURS AND CANCELLATION INFORMATION
515-239-5434


Municipal Pool and Brookside Wading Pool hours and information regarding weather related closures are updated on the
Ames Parks and Recreation Facebook Page

For information regarding programs held at Furman Aquatic Center,  including hours and weather related closings,  updates are posted on the
Furman Aquatic Center Facebook Page


Private Rentals call Jill Burt, Aquatics Coordinator at 515-239-5352 or email jburt@city.ames.ia.us

Recreational Pool

Lazy River

50 Meter Pool

Fun Facts about the Furman Aquatic Center

Furman Aquatic Center Policies

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SPECIALIZED PARKS
  • Furman Aquatic Center

    Furman Aquatic Center
    1. Address:1635 13th St.
      Ames, IA 50010
    2. Phone:515-232-7665
    Amenities:
    1. Concessions Available
    2. Diving Platform/Board
    3. Drinking Fountain
    4. Family Changing Rooms
    5. Gift Cards Available
    6. Lockers Available
    7. Off Street Parking
    8. On Bus Route
    9. Paved Bike Path
    10. Picnic Area
    11. Picnic Tables
    12. Restrooms
    13. Water Slides
    14. WiFi Hotspot
    Categories:
    1. City Facilities
    2. Parks & Recs Facilities
    3. Specialized Parks

FURMAN AQUATIC CENTER HOURS (OPENING MAY 27)
 SUMMER
   SCHOOL IN SESSION
 DAILY    WEEKDAYS WEEKENDS
 

ADULT LAP SWIM (SHORT COURSE)

11 AM - 1 PM

TOT TIME (AGES 7 & UNDER)

11 AM - 1 PM

 ADULT WATER WALKING

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM (T/TH/SUN)

OPEN SWIM

1 PM - 8 PM


 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

11 AM - 1 PM

 

11 AM - 1 PM

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM

(T/TH)

11 AM - 1 PM

7 PM - 8 PM

(SUN)

5 PM - 7 PM

1 PM - 8 PM

 
There will be no admittance between 12:30 and 1:00 PM.

 

Three lap lanes will be dedicated for Adult Lap Swim during open swim (short course).

The deep end is closed Monday & Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM and Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-6:30 PM due to aqua classes. The lazy river is closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 7:00-8:00 PM for water walking.

 

Summer Pool Admission Rates

View Pool and Facility Calendars

Located in the heart of Ames, the $10 million Furman Aquatic Center includes a 550' lazy river with a waterfall and two tremendous water slides both over 200' in length. There's a 50 meter pool that boasts a 150' drop slide, basketball hoops, 3-meter platform, and a 1-meter spring board. A 5,000 square foot recreational pool includes zero depth entry, spray features, a large play structure, a children's slide, and a toddler slide. 

Deep Water Test: Kids 12 and under. We will be deep water testing at 2:00 4:00 and 6:00 PM daily .Child must push off from the side of the pool, swim to the middle of the 50 meter basin using the crawl stroke (with face in the water), tread water for 30 seconds and then swim using the crawl stroke (face in the water) back to the side of the pool. 

UPDATED HOURS AND CANCELLATION INFORMATION
515-239-5434


Municipal Pool and Brookside Wading Pool hours and information regarding weather related closures are updated on the
Ames Parks and Recreation Facebook Page

For information regarding programs held at Furman Aquatic Center,  including hours and weather related closings,  updates are posted on the
Furman Aquatic Center Facebook Page


Private Rentals call Jill Burt, Aquatics Coordinator at 515-239-5352 or email jburt@city.ames.ia.us

Recreational Pool

Lazy River

50 Meter Pool

Fun Facts about the Furman Aquatic Center

Furman Aquatic Center Policies

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Reminder:  There are no tobacco products allowed in any of our facilities, including the park system.  (Iowa Code Chapter 142D Smokefree Air Act)

Click here for additional Park Policies

Click here for a searchable listing of Ames community parks, neighborhood parks, specialized parks, woodlands and venues.

Click here for Park Shelter, Diamond and Court Reservation Information and the Shelter Availability Calendar.

Click here for information on weddings in the park.

Adopt a Flower Garden
Each summer, Ames Parks & Recreation sponsors an "Adopt a Flower Garden" program.  This program is an effort to get public involvement in ongoing park beautification.  In 2010 more than 50 gardens were planted with over 20,000 flowers donated by Holubs Garden and Greenhouses of Ames.  The Parks and Recreation Department prepares the beds, supplies the bedding plants and water.  Volunteers are needed to design, plant and care for the flower gardens during the entire growing season.  We thank Holubs Garden and Greenhouse of Ames for their generous donation of over $7,000 worth of flowers each year to help beautify Ames.

To get involved in this program or request more information, please contact  Park Maintenance at 515-239-5356 or e-mail scrain@city.ames.ia.us

 

Park Watch 
We need your help! Vandalism in your park system is a serious, unnecessary, and costly problem. Each year the City spends thousands of tax dollars to remove graffiti and repair damage done by vandals. We would much rather use your funding to enhance and beautify the parks! If you see anyone acting suspicious, damaging property, driving on the grass or defacing playground equipment, PLEASE call the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 and report what you see. That's it! The Police Department will take it from that point on. Thanks for your help in keeping the park system safe and beautiful.

Report Vandalism or Maintenance Request

 

Mosquito Fogging in Parks
Parks are sprayed between the hours of 8 PM and 10 PM

  • Mondays -- Country Gables Park, Ames Dog Park, and Hunziker Youth Sports Complex
  • Tuesdays -- Homewood Golf Course, Inis Grove Park, Brookside Park, and River Valley Park
  • Wednesdays -- Bandshell Park, Moore Memorial Park, Emma McCarthy Lee Park, and Daley Park

In case of rain, fogging will occur on Friday mornings between 6AM-8AM or 8PM-10PM. 

Other Park Links

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