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Ames Park System
Ames boasts 36 parks and a full compliment of recreational facilities. Northridge Heights is our newest 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

Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park is a great place for beginner and expert skaters to work on their skills, meet other skaters, and enjoy the fast-growing sport of skating.

  • This 10,425 square-foot skate park features grinding rails, ramps, stairs, and fun boxes.
  • The park opened in 2002 and was officially named the Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on October 8, 2016.
  • The facility is non-supervised and is open from daylight to 10:30 PM for skateboard and in-line skaters.

Restrictions

  • The skate park was designed to accommodate skateboards and inline skates only. It is unsafe for bicyclists, and bikes will damage the facility.
  • City code prohibits use of any type of bicycle, scooter, coaster, unicycle, sled, vehicle, or other device except for skateboards and in-line roller skates. Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a penalty of $50 first offense, $100 second offense, and $200 for each subsequent offense. [City of Ames Municipal Code Sec. 19.14

Additional Guidelines

  • Children 12 and under should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Skate within your ability level.
  • Protective safety equipment is recommended, e.g., helmet, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads.
  • When the skate surface is wet or icy it is dangerous and you should not skate.
  • Food and drink should be kept in the spectator viewing area only.
  • Spectators should remain in the designated seating areas.
  • In the event of an emergency, a free courtesy phone is located in the Brookside Park parking lot.
  • To report reckless skaters or other unsafe facility conditions, contact Parks and Recreation at 515-239-5350.

Georgie Tsushima: A Reflection

A Reflection on Georgie's Life
The Accident
Laws on Helmets
Love of Life
FLC Skateshop
Georgie's Legacy

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SPECIALIZED PARKS

Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park is a great place for beginner and expert skaters to work on their skills, meet other skaters, and enjoy the fast-growing sport of skating.

  • This 10,425 square-foot skate park features grinding rails, ramps, stairs, and fun boxes.
  • The park opened in 2002 and was officially named the Georgie Tsushima Memorial Skate Park at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on October 8, 2016.
  • The facility is non-supervised and is open from daylight to 10:30 PM for skateboard and in-line skaters.

Restrictions

  • The skate park was designed to accommodate skateboards and inline skates only. It is unsafe for bicyclists, and bikes will damage the facility.
  • City code prohibits use of any type of bicycle, scooter, coaster, unicycle, sled, vehicle, or other device except for skateboards and in-line roller skates. Violation of this prohibition is punishable by a penalty of $50 first offense, $100 second offense, and $200 for each subsequent offense. [City of Ames Municipal Code Sec. 19.14

Additional Guidelines

  • Children 12 and under should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Skate within your ability level.
  • Protective safety equipment is recommended, e.g., helmet, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads.
  • When the skate surface is wet or icy it is dangerous and you should not skate.
  • Food and drink should be kept in the spectator viewing area only.
  • Spectators should remain in the designated seating areas.
  • In the event of an emergency, a free courtesy phone is located in the Brookside Park parking lot.
  • To report reckless skaters or other unsafe facility conditions, contact Parks and Recreation at 515-239-5350.

Georgie Tsushima: A Reflection

A Reflection on Georgie's Life
The Accident
Laws on Helmets
Love of Life
FLC Skateshop
Georgie's Legacy

Return to full list >>

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 in the parks committing acts of vandalism such as driving on the grass, damaging trees or other plants, defacing the shelters, restrooms, signs, trails  or 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. 

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