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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

Only  the biodegradable bags provided can be used for the dog waste tubes.
   Please use the bags provided.  Thank you for your cooperation!

To assure that the turf and facility are well maintained, the 
Dog Park will be closed annually during the 3rd week of September (M-F).  Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this week.

Aerial View of Ames Dog Park

 

TO OBTAIN YOUR FACILITY USE PERMIT

Bring current rabies vaccination certificate for each dog along with a Dog Park Registration form and Liability Waiver signed by all dog handlers to one of the the following locations. You may ask your vet to fax your dog's rabies certificate to 515-239-5355.  2019 tags go on sale December 1st.

 

 

PURCHASE LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Ames Parks and Recreation Community Center
515-239-5350 (Phone)
515-239-5355 (Fax)   
Ames Animal Shelter
515-239-5530 (Phone)
515-232-1331 (Fax)  
515 Clark Ave - Gymnasium Entrance
(SW Corner of Ames City Hall)
325 Billy Sunday Rd
 Monday – Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday Noon – 4:00 PM  
 Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tuesday– Friday Noon – 5:30 PM
 Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM Saturday Noon – 4:00 PM
 Holidays Closed Sunday and Holidays Closed

Dog Park Facility Use Permit Form
Dog Park Liability Waiver
Please View our Dog Park Policies

 

ANNUAL PASS FEES

FIRST DOG

ADDITIONAL DOGS

Resident

January - December

$45.00

$22.50

Resident

April - December

$33.75

$17.00

Resident

July - December

$22.50

$11.25

Non Resident

January - December

$60.00

$30.00

Non Resident

April - December

$48.75

$24.50

Non Resident

July - December

$37.50

$18.75

 

DAILY AND WEEKLY PASS FEES

DailyAdmission Fee

Resident 1st Dog

$5.00

Resident Additional Dog

$2.50

Non Resident 1st Dog

$7.00

Non Resident Additional Dog

$3.50

Weekly Admission Fee

Resident 1st Dog

$10.00

Resident Additional Dog

$5.00

Non Resident 1st Dog

$14.00

Non Resident Additional Dog

$7.00

 PLEASE NOTE: We will be shutting off the water and winterizing throughout the park system starting October 15th. If you visit a park after this date, the water fountains and restrooms will not be available for use. This includes the Dog Park. Please remember to bring water and a bowl your dog when you visit the dog park. Thanks!

Dog Park Brochure 


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SPECIALIZED PARKS

Only  the biodegradable bags provided can be used for the dog waste tubes.
   Please use the bags provided.  Thank you for your cooperation!

To assure that the turf and facility are well maintained, the 
Dog Park will be closed annually during the 3rd week of September (M-F).  Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this week.

Aerial View of Ames Dog Park

 

TO OBTAIN YOUR FACILITY USE PERMIT

Bring current rabies vaccination certificate for each dog along with a Dog Park Registration form and Liability Waiver signed by all dog handlers to one of the the following locations. You may ask your vet to fax your dog's rabies certificate to 515-239-5355.  2019 tags go on sale December 1st.

 

 

PURCHASE LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Ames Parks and Recreation Community Center
515-239-5350 (Phone)
515-239-5355 (Fax)   
Ames Animal Shelter
515-239-5530 (Phone)
515-232-1331 (Fax)  
515 Clark Ave - Gymnasium Entrance
(SW Corner of Ames City Hall)
325 Billy Sunday Rd
 Monday – Friday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday Noon – 4:00 PM  
 Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tuesday– Friday Noon – 5:30 PM
 Sunday Noon – 4:00 PM Saturday Noon – 4:00 PM
 Holidays Closed Sunday and Holidays Closed

Dog Park Facility Use Permit Form
Dog Park Liability Waiver
Please View our Dog Park Policies

 

ANNUAL PASS FEES

FIRST DOG

ADDITIONAL DOGS

Resident

January - December

$45.00

$22.50

Resident

April - December

$33.75

$17.00

Resident

July - December

$22.50

$11.25

Non Resident

January - December

$60.00

$30.00

Non Resident

April - December

$48.75

$24.50

Non Resident

July - December

$37.50

$18.75

 

DAILY AND WEEKLY PASS FEES

DailyAdmission Fee

Resident 1st Dog

$5.00

Resident Additional Dog

$2.50

Non Resident 1st Dog

$7.00

Non Resident Additional Dog

$3.50

Weekly Admission Fee

Resident 1st Dog

$10.00

Resident Additional Dog

$5.00

Non Resident 1st Dog

$14.00

Non Resident Additional Dog

$7.00

 PLEASE NOTE: We will be shutting off the water and winterizing throughout the park system starting October 15th. If you visit a park after this date, the water fountains and restrooms will not be available for use. This includes the Dog Park. Please remember to bring water and a bowl your dog when you visit the dog park. Thanks!

Dog Park Brochure 


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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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