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‘Most Fantastic Basket Contest’ Invites Disc Golfers to Submit Ideas

Improvements to the Carroll Marty Disc Golf Course planned this spring include an opportunity for disc golfers to provide their own spin on a pin. Ames Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the “Most Fantastic Basket” contest to add one or more unique baskets to the 18-hole course located at 1500 Gateway Hills Park Drive. 

Planned course improvements include replacing all the baskets and redesigning several approaches to keep the entire course contained to the north side of Worrell Creek. One or more basket designs will be left open to the public. The contest asks partic... Read Full Blog

Nominations Accepted for ‘Home for Everyone’ Award

The Ames Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its annual “Home for Everyone” award. The award honors a worthy individual or organization that has contributed to providing housing opportunities that enhance the quality of life for members of disadvantaged populations. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must provide housing in Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized in April, which is Fair Housing Month.

“Housing is a fundamental human need,” said Jahmai Fisher, chair of the Human Relations Commission. “The Home for Everyone award... Read Full Blog

Town Budget Meeting Set for November 1

The City of Ames budget process kicks off in the fall with the annual Town Budget Meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.1, in the City Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. 

A brief overview of the City’s budget, including revenue and expenses, will be presented. This is followed by a time for citizens to give input and ask questions regarding the coming year’s budget. The meeting is broadcast and streamed live at and on the City’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Viewers may call in questions to 515.239.5214 or submit q... Read Full Blog

Nominations Accepted for Humanitarian Award

The Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC) is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes and honors a worthy individual whose contributions to our community demonstrate extraordinary quality, including efforts to promote diversity, fairness, and equality. To be eligible to receive the award, the nominee must be a resident of Ames.

The recipient of the award will be recognized during the community celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023.

The Humanitarian Award application is available on the City’s webs... Read Full Blog

Residents Sought for Appointment to Ames Public Art Commission

Mayor John Haila is looking for Ames residents interested in volunteering their time to serve on the Public Art Commission. There are currently four openings on the Commission.

The 14-member Public Art Commission establishes public art philosophy, develops a public art plan for the City, monitors the public art budget and recommends funding allocations for public art within City facilities, develops guidelines for selecting artwork, seeks private and governmental funding for public art, and develops educational, promotional projects for public arts programming.

“Voluntee... Read Full Blog

EPA Releases New Health Advisory Levels; Ames Water Exceeds Two

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on June 15, 2022, it has significantly lowered Health Advisory levels for two chemicals and issued new Health Advisory levels for two additional chemicals. All four chemicals are part of a family often referred to as “forever chemicals.” Ames drinking water currently exceeds two of the new advisory levels (PFOA and PFOS).

“The Ames Water Plant has been closely monitoring both the science and the emerging regulatory framework around PFAS for several years,” said Water & Pollution Control Director John Dunn. “We have proac... Read Full Blog

Earth Week at Your Library

by Megan Klein-Hewett

As the City of Ames makes progress in the Climate Action Plan (CAP) process, Earth Day provides an opportunity for each of us to learn about and engage in actions that will lead to greater environmental sustainability in our community. Whether you wish to learn in person, change your habits locally, or read up on climate change, the Library has something to connect you to climate action in our community.

Ames Public Library is again working with the City of Ames to present EcoChats, a series of presentations featuring local experts on topics focused o... Read Full Blog

Ames Public Library Grieves

Ames Public Library is committed to the City of Ames values shared by Mayor Haila in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. (

Ames Public Library staff and Trustees grieve for the recent acts of violence in our nation, and our hearts go out to the victims' families and communities. To our friends in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, please know that we stand with you. We pledge to continue our work toward greater equity and inclusion in the Library and in our community.

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