City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

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  • City, School District to Close Playgrounds at Parks and Schools

    The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Department, working in collaboration with the Ames Community School District, will begin closing playgrounds at local parks and schools beginning today due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    04/03/2020 10:00 AM

  • Next Phase of Hickory Drive Begins April 6

    The next phase of improvements to Hickory Drive will begin Monday, April 6, weather permitting. The City of Ames has contracted with Manatt’s Inc. to begin pavement removal. Subcontractor On-Track will then repair selected sanitary sewer pipes and replace a manhole and storm sewer intake.

    04/01/2020 3:30 PM

  • Ames Fire Responds to an Apartment Fire

    Ames firefighters responded Monday to an automatic alarm at 2824 West St. At approximately 11:15 p.m., Ames firefighters arrived on scene and found a small fire in a first-floor apartment living room.

    04/01/2020 9:00 AM

  • Ames Area MPO Seeks Public Input on Area Transportation Alternatives and Improvements

    As a precautionary measure to promote social distancing, the Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) is hosting a virtual public meeting for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), known as Forward 2045.

    03/31/2020 9:30 AM

  • Homewood Golf Course Opening Postponed; New Opening Date on Wednesday, April 15

    Ames Parks and Recreation Department announced today it is postponing the opening of Homewood Golf Course, a public nine-hole course located at 20th Street and Duff Avenue. The new opening day is anticipated to be 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

    03/31/2020 9:00 AM

  • Collaboration Place Construction Begins This Week

    The extension of Collaboration Place from Plaza Loop to South Riverside Drive in the ISU Research Park will begin the week of March 30, weather permitting.

    03/30/2020 11:38 AM

  • Glass and Food Waste Self-Serve Disposal Offered at Resource Recovery

    The Ames Resource Recovery Plant, 110 Center Ave., remains open for commercial trash haulers, but is closed to the public through May 15. Public customers still have access to glass recycling and Food Waste Diversion program disposal options by using bins located adjacent to the closed car lane.

    03/26/2020 2:30 PM

  • Hydrant Flushing Begins Today

    The Public Works Department began its annual fire hydrant flushing program today. Two crews are working from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in different parts of the city. One crew is concentrating on the Downtown Ames area working its way north. A second crew began at State Avenue and Mortensen Road.

    03/25/2020 1:00 PM

  • Delaware Avenue Improvements Begin Monday

    Improvements to Delaware Avenue from Ontario to Reliable streets will begin Monday, March 23, weather permitting. The City of Ames has contracted with Con-Struct Inc., to complete intake and curb replacement, pavement improvements, and sidewalk infill.

    03/20/2020 11:30 AM

  • City Hall, Other City Buildings Closed to Public in Response to COVID-19

    The City of Ames is announcing the closure of City Hall and all other City facilities to the public in response to COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020.

    03/19/2020 3:30 PM

  • City of Ames Extends Closures and Postponements in Response to COVID-19

    The City of Ames is announcing additional closures and postponements that will be taken in response to the COVID-19 virus.

    03/16/2020 12:00 PM

  • Downtown Parking Meters to Change to Three-Hour Maximums

    City of Ames Public Works staff will begin changing the time limits to three-hour maximums for all on-street parking meters in the Downtown area on Wednesday, March 18. Ames City Council approved this change on Dec. 17, 2019.

    03/16/2020 11:30 AM

  • Vet Med Trail Closed Beginning March 16

    The Vet Med Trail from south of South Third Street to South 16th Street will be closed beginning today, Monday, March 16, and will remain closed for 16 to 18 months. This closure is necessary as part of the South Grand Avenue Extension project.

    03/16/2020 11:30 AM

  • City of Ames Announces Steps in Response to COVID-19 Virus

    The City of Ames is announcing that beginning Monday, March 16 through April 3, 2020, all tours of City facilities and use of City building meeting rooms by outside groups will be discontinued.

    03/13/2020 11:30 AM

  • Hydrant Flushing Begins March 25

    The Public Works Department will begin its annual fire hydrant flushing program on Wednesday, March 25. The first area of hydrant flushing will take place in the central part of the city. To watch the progress in real time, go to to view the hydrant flushing map.

    03/11/2020 9:00 AM

  • Public Invited to Chad Pregracke on April 21

    The City of Ames will host environmental speaker Chad Pregracke, founder of river clean-up organization “Living Lands and Waters,” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, in the City Hall Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave. The community is invited to this free lecture.

    03/10/2020 7:00 PM

  • City of Ames Continues COVID-19 Planning

    Although not yet reported in Iowa, COVID-19 continues to be detected throughout the country. To be best prepared, the City of Ames has begun meeting with community partners to share information and work together to keep the public safe.

    03/06/2020 12:00 PM

  • Metronet Construction Begins in March

    Metronet, Inc., an Indiana-based fiber optic internet provider, is beginning the installation of internet infrastructure in Ames this month. Crews will be installing cable underground and on overhead poles throughout the Ames community. The construction is expected to be completed in the fall.

    03/06/2020 9:00 AM

  • Ames Squaw Creek Flood Project Part of FEMA Grant Funding to Iowa

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a grant to the State of Iowa that includes funding for Ames. The Ames City Council recently approved a funding agreement with FEMA to move the project forward.

    02/18/2020 11:30 AM

  • March 2020 Monthly Project Highlights

    The City Manager's Office compiles a monthly report highlighting projects of each City department. Because these projects may be currently underway or ongoing, information about project specifics is subject to change.

    03/11/2020 10:50 AM