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.
PARKS WITH SHELTERS FOR RENT
Reminder: There are no tobacco products allowed in any of our facilities, including the park system. (Iowa Code Chapter 142D Smokefree Air Act)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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