Ames Parks and Recreation
Access entrances off Woodland Street, Trail Ridge Road Phoenix Street in West Ames; includes 40 acres of woodland with hiking trails; part of the Clear Creek greenbelt.
McDonald/Gunder/Nutty Woods: An addition to River Valley Park; includes a natural area.
Gateway Park: 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive
Includes Parks and Recreation Department Offices and Activity Room, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, 1 sand volleyball court, play equipment, disc Golf course, and hilly areas.
Carr Park: 1704 Meadowlane Avenue
Parks and Recreation Community Center: 5th and Clark Streets, (515) 239-5360
Ames/ISU Ice Arena: 1507 Gateway Hills Park Drive, (515) 292-6835
Location of the Ames Figure Skating Club, Ames Minor Hockey Club, ISU Women’s Ice Hockey, and Iowa High School Hockey. Also has open skate, skate lessons, adult hockey leagues, and the “Igloo” which is perfect for a birthday party, meetings, or other social parties.
City of Ames Skate Park: 1330 6th Street
A 10,500 square foot skating facility, for skateboard and in-line skaters only. Includes concrete stairs, ledges, sloped banks, fun box, pyramid and rails.
Ames Parks and Recreation Softball Complex: Rivervalley Park, E.13th Street, (515) 239-5350
Carr Outdoor Pool: Located in Carr Park, 1704 Meadowlane Avenue, (515) 233.9296
Brookside Wading Pool: 1325 6th Street, (515) 239.5350
• Ada Hayden Heritage Park: 5205 Grand Avenue
Includes acres of timberland adjacent to Squaw Creek, a wading pool, lighted baseball diamond, 3 picnic shelters, 1 sand volleyball court, Audubon Trail, play equipment, basketball court, 9 horseshoe courts, and 4 lighted tennis courts.
• Inis Grove Park: 24th and Duff
Includes two play equipment areas, 4 lighted tennis courts, 1 sand volleyball court, basketball court, and 2 shelters.
Includes 2 shelters, observation tower, 1.3 acre lake, 1.5 mile hard-surfaced walkway, play equipment, restrooms, and prairie restoration.
Includes ball fields, 2 picnic shelters, and 1 sand volleyball court. Park your vehicle in the Carr Pool parking lot, cross the bridge into East River Valley Park and hike the 2.5 miles of nature trails.
Includes play equipment and 2 lighted softball diamonds.
Acquired in 1892, is the location for summer band concerts on Thursday evenings in June and July.
Passive and active play areas, and natural wildlife habitat area.
Includes play equipment and a basketball court.
Includes a basketball court and play equipment.
Includes play equipment and the shelter can serve small or large groups (up to 100) Restroom, electricity, and water are provided within this facility.
Includes play equipment, basketball court, and picnic area.
Moore Park: 1101 Beach Avenue, west of ISU’s Jack Trice Stadium
Includes area with play equipment and basketball court.
Includes play equipment.
Includes natural stream front, wooded and grassy areas, mini-shelters, a 120’ pedestrian bridge and hard-surfaced pathway.
Includes play equipment.
Teagarden Park: 3510 Emerald Drive
Includes play equipment for children.
Includes softball field, basketball court, and play equipment.
Includes play equipment, non-reserved shelter with electricity, basketball court, water, and open area.
Special Interest Activities
Cross Country Skiing: (seasonal)
East River Valley Park, Ames
Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames
Hiking, swimming, fishing and boating available, modern restroom facilities, 40 of the 43 campsites have electricity; water hydrants and a sewer dump station are centrally located.
Twin Anchors Campground: 68152 Highway 30, Colo, IA, (641) 377-2243
Whispering Oaks Campground: 1011 Timberland Drive, Story City, IA, (515) 733-4663
ISU Disc Golf Course, Ames: located on 13th Street, just North of Frederiksen Court.
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