2015 Ames Indoor Pool Report [PDF of Power Point Presentation]
Public Education and Input Sessions Set for Indoor Recreational Aquatic Center
AMES, Iowa – The Ames Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking public input regarding potential construction of a new indoor recreational aquatic center. Three meetings have been scheduled to provide an update on Ames Municipal Pool as well as communicate information on next steps, timeline and possible amenities for a new facility. After a short presentation, the meeting will be open for input, questions, and comments.
The meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28; 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1; and 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 4; in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium of the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.
Constructed in 1965, Ames Municipal Pool has served the City of Ames and Ames Community School District for more than 50 years. The original 50-year agreement between the two organizations was extended in 2015 until 2017. “Ames Municipal Pool has been a great facility, but based on maintenance and upkeep, we know it has reached the end of its useful life,” said Keith Abraham, Parks and Recreation Director. “This is the time to consider building a new facility that aligns with the current recreational needs of our residents.”
In the 2014 annual Resident Satisfaction Survey, more than 60 percent of Ames residents said they supported building a new indoor aquatic center. Although the location of a potential facility has not been determined, the Ames Community School District has offered property at Ames High School. At the same time, the District is studying the construction of an indoor competitive pool. Funding of a City of Ames indoor recreational aquatic center would require bond referendum approval.
The Parks and Recreation Department manages 37 parks and offers approximately 150 athletic, aquatic, instructional, and wellness programs. Indoor programs are provided throughout the year at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool. For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation homepage at www.amesparkrec.org or call the Community Center at 515-239-5350.