Healthy Life Center

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A Collaborative Project for All Ages!

The City of Ames has partnered with Mary Greeley Medical Center, Iowa State University, Des Moines Area Community College, Story County, and Heartland Senior Services to explore building an intergenerational Healthy Life Center along property currently owned by Iowa State University on Scholl Road, just north of Ontario Street. 

Cover Photo 

 The Healthy Life Center purpose:

To provide a one-of-a-kind center that makes the life-long goal of healthy living accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages and socio-economic status.

Attend an Informational Meeting!

Learn more about the proposed Healthy Life Center by attending one of five informational meetings scheduled in June. Each meeting will provide an overview of the project, including proposed plans, amenities and costs. This will be followed by a question and answer period.


The Healthy Life Center focuses on a holistic, intergenerational approach to wellness focusing around the idea of “Live Well. Be Well.” Areas of emphasis include health and nutrition education, physical activities, social networking, and learning and research opportunities. The facility would include a warm-water indoor aquatic center, indoor walking track and gymnasium, demonstration kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes, meeting rooms, and more.


Healthy Life Center Informational Meetings

Monday, June 10 
6 pm, Edwards School,
820 Miller Ave.
Wednesday, June 12 
4 pm, Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Ave.
Thursday, June 13
6 pm, Sawyer School
4316 Ontario St.
Monday, June 17
6 pm, Meeker School
300 20th St.
Thursday, June 20
Noon, Ames High School
1921 Ames High Drive



Bond Referendum - Tuesday, Sept. 10

The project’s  partners are the City of Ames, Heartland Senior Services, Iowa State University, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Story County, and Des Moines Area Community College. Heartland would move its offices and adult daycare center to the facility. Mary Greeley would provide post-surgery and rehabilitation services on site.

Together with a bequest and other private gifts, these six entities have identified revenues that would cover more than 40% of the project cost.The balance would be funded through a bond referendum anticipated to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10.  

Key Drivers

The Healthy Life Center would bring to residents:

• A holistic approach
• A focus on health-promotion
• A support for physical activity
• Social connections 
• Enhanced long-term health
• Improved nutritional behavior
• Multi-generational connections

To Make a Financial Pledge

Financial pledge form

Location: Ontario and Scholl Road/Ames

HLC Map 

Details about the Site 

Over the decades there have been rumors that this site could be “contaminated” because the federal government once operated the “Research Reactor” which is now called the “Applied Science Center” 500 yards north of this site. What is the factual information related to this concern?

Tom Barton, former Director of the Ames Laboratory and Harris Seidel, former Director of the City of Ames Water, Pollution and Control Department confirmed that this land never had any relationship to the Reactor/Applied Science Center. It is a clean and safe site. This site has only been used by Iowa State for agriculture purposes – it has never been used as a disposal site for anything – never. Please view the video featuring Tom Barton and Harris Seidel providing important, fact-based site information.


Intergenerational Facility 

The Healthy Life Center is not a senior center, although Heartland Senior Services will be a tenant. The facility focus is “intergenerational,” and mixes all ages for the benefit of all participants. It is 100% focused on serving all ages! 

This fact is demonstrated by the building components listed below:

Active Lifestyle features:

  • Children’s Indoor Playground
  • Children’s Outdoor Playground
  • Wellness Pool
  • Warm Water Pool for all ages
    • Six lanes/25 yards rectangular basin
    • Water Slides
    • Current Channel
    • Zero Depth Entry with Children’s Play Structure
  • Gymnasiums (3)
  • Physical Therapy Room
  • Aerobics room
  • Cardio/Fitness Equipment
  • Walking Track
  • Child Watch Fun Center

Social Network features:

  • Atrium which includes Café and Social Gathering Space
  • Arts, Crafts, Music Room
  • Multi-purpose Rooms and Child Fun/Watch Center

Health & Nutrition features:

  • Participation Kitchen
  • Outdoor Community Gardens and Composting Demonstration Site
  • Adult Day Center
  • Public Meeting Room Space

 The Process

The Healthy Life Center collaboration partner team has continued to meet since 2016 to develop plans, explore costs, and look for opportunities to move the project forward. The Healthy Life Center would be owned by the City of Ames with partnership agreements with the other organizations involved. In fall of 2017, the City of Ames hired RDG consultants to conduct a feasibility study determine next steps.

Project Overview

 To see an overview of the Healthy Life Center, please visit this PowerPoint presentation.

Learn more by looking at the Healthy Life Center brochure!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Questions? Want a Speaker?

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