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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

  • Ada Hayden Heritage Park

    View of Ada Hayden Heritage Park
    1. Address:5205 Grand
      Ames, IA 50010
    Amenities:
    1. Boat Access
    2. Covered Shelters
    3. Drinking Fountain
    4. Fishing
    5. Grills
    6. Lighted and Handicapped Accessible
    7. Nature Area
    8. Off Street Parking
    9. Paved Bike Path
    10. Picnic Area
    11. Picnic Tables
    12. Restrooms
    13. Walking Path
    14. Water Spigot
    Categories:
    1. City Facilities
    2. Specialized Parks

ADA HAYDEN HERITAGE PARK INFORMATION

TRAIL INFORMATION
Crushed Rock Upland Trail 1.2 Miles
Outside Loop Hard Surface 2.8 Miles
North Loop 1.4 Miles
South Loop 1.8 Miles
Figure 8 3.2 Miles

PARK HOURS: 6 am to 10:30 pm 

BOATING: Electric Motors Only: No boat motors fueled by gasoline are allowed on park premises

FIRES: In grills only 

FISHING: 
No fishing from the bridge 
No dumping of live bait 
No fish cleaning at this site 
State of Iowa Fishing Regulations apply 
Ice Fishing Regulations     [PDF] 

BEER and LIQUOR: Not allowed 

MOTORIZED VEHICLES: Confined to hard surface roads and parking lots

PETS: Cats and dogs must be leashed 

SNOWMOBILES, ATVs, CAMPING, FIREARMS, HORSES: Not Allowed

SWIMMING: It is unlawful to swim at this park. 

PARK WATCH: If you see anyone violating these laws please telephone the Ames Police Department at 239-5133. 

City ordinances have been adopted to afford users a safe and enjoyable experience. Thanks and have a great outing!

Click on the links below for more information on Ada Hayden Heritage Park:
Ada Hayden Park Blog
Ada Hayden Bio [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Past Human Activity [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Bird Population [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Medicine Wheel   [PDF]

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Map

Additional Photos of Ada Hayden Heritage Park

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SPECIALIZED PARKS
  • Ada Hayden Heritage Park

    View of Ada Hayden Heritage Park
    1. Address:5205 Grand
      Ames, IA 50010
    Amenities:
    1. Boat Access
    2. Covered Shelters
    3. Drinking Fountain
    4. Fishing
    5. Grills
    6. Lighted and Handicapped Accessible
    7. Nature Area
    8. Off Street Parking
    9. Paved Bike Path
    10. Picnic Area
    11. Picnic Tables
    12. Restrooms
    13. Walking Path
    14. Water Spigot
    Categories:
    1. City Facilities
    2. Specialized Parks

ADA HAYDEN HERITAGE PARK INFORMATION

TRAIL INFORMATION
Crushed Rock Upland Trail 1.2 Miles
Outside Loop Hard Surface 2.8 Miles
North Loop 1.4 Miles
South Loop 1.8 Miles
Figure 8 3.2 Miles

PARK HOURS: 6 am to 10:30 pm 

BOATING: Electric Motors Only: No boat motors fueled by gasoline are allowed on park premises

FIRES: In grills only 

FISHING: 
No fishing from the bridge 
No dumping of live bait 
No fish cleaning at this site 
State of Iowa Fishing Regulations apply 
Ice Fishing Regulations     [PDF] 

BEER and LIQUOR: Not allowed 

MOTORIZED VEHICLES: Confined to hard surface roads and parking lots

PETS: Cats and dogs must be leashed 

SNOWMOBILES, ATVs, CAMPING, FIREARMS, HORSES: Not Allowed

SWIMMING: It is unlawful to swim at this park. 

PARK WATCH: If you see anyone violating these laws please telephone the Ames Police Department at 239-5133. 

City ordinances have been adopted to afford users a safe and enjoyable experience. Thanks and have a great outing!

Click on the links below for more information on Ada Hayden Heritage Park:
Ada Hayden Park Blog
Ada Hayden Bio [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Past Human Activity [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Bird Population [PDF] 
Ada Hayden Medicine Wheel   [PDF]

Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake Map

Additional Photos of Ada Hayden Heritage Park

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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 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. 

Other Park Links

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