September 15, 2020

The City of Ames Parks and Recreation Commission will host a public input session regarding development of its 2020-2025 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). Residents are invited to provide feedback on projects currently in the plan and to share ideas about new projects for the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider. The input will take place during the Commission’s virtual meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The CIP is funded through a 1-percent local option sales tax. Parks and Recreation projects average approximately $850,000 per year. The Parks and Recreation portion of the 2020-2025 CIP can be viewed at

Some of the more significant projects currently in the plan are:

  • Transition two tennis courts to six pickle ball courts at Emma McCarthy Lee Park
  • Installation of accessible canoe/kayak launch at Ada Hayden Heritage Park
  • Installation of a restroom at Gateway Hills Park
  • Replacement of the bridge at Homewood Golf Course (hole No. 9)
  • Installation of a bridge across Squaw Creek in Moore Memorial Park
  • Shelter and restroom construction at Carr Park
  • Replace Cottonwood Shelter in North River Valley Park
  • Replace playground equipment throughout the park system

The City of Ames CIP (2020-2025) can be viewed at under the Finance Department. After gathering input from residents, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City staff will develop the 2021-2026 plan and make recommendations to the City Council in January 2021. Those who wish to provide input but are unable to attend the meeting should contact Keith Abraham, Parks and Recreation Director, at 515.239.5349 or [email protected]

This press release was produced by the City of Ames. The views expressed here are the author’s own.