As the temperatures drop, Ames park facilities must be winterized to withstand harsh weather conditions during the next few months. Parks and Recreation staff have already shut down all drinking fountains due to the forecasted below freezing temperatures for this weekend. Shutting down public restrooms throughout the park system is scheduled to begin on Monday, Oct. 22.
“We understand that residents enjoy our parks in every season, so our goal is to keep the restrooms and fountains on as long as possible,” said Parks and Facilities Superintendent Joshua Thompson. “Unfortunately, due to the lack of heating infrastructure, the restrooms and drinking fountains are not able to withstand below freezing temperatures.”
Maintaining water to unheated facilities during cold winter months can cause water pipes to burst resulting in expensive repairs. When temperatures allow in the spring, staff will restore water to the public restrooms and drinking fountains. Although Ames parks remain open year-round, trail maintenance may be limited during certain times of the year. Visitors should use caution during winter due to the potential for snow, ice, and debris hazards.
The Parks and Recreation Department manages 36 parks and offers approximately 180 athletic, aquatic, instructional, and wellness programs. Indoor programs are provided throughout the winter at the Community Center, Ames/ISU Ice Arena, and Municipal Pool. For more information, go to the Parks and Recreation homepage at www.amesparkrec.org or call the Community Center at 515.239.5350.
Submitted by City of Ames