Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park
Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park
Friends can make a difference
Park Background
In 2001 the citizens of Ames approved a bond issue to help fund the
purchase of 437 acres of land surrounding and including an abandoned
rock quarry in north Ames. This property has been developed into the
popular, much-enjoyed Ada Hayden Heritage Park, that includes passive
recreation features such as a handicap-accessible fishing dock, a ramp
for non-motorized boats
(electric motors allowed, three miles of hard
surface pathway, two miles of crushed-rock paths, restrooms, parking
lots, a shelter and a pedestrian bridge.


The park lakes, which total 1.2 billion gallons of water, serve the community as a secondary water source during drought conditions. To ensure the water
's quality, wetlands were constructed and prairie grasses were planted to filter the water.

For more information and statistics about the park, go to the Ames Parks and Recreation
Wesite by clicking here













We invite you to visit the Ada Hayden Park or attend an event. Our members are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the organization and how you can join.

Beaver in the Northwest pond
To To view an aerial map
of the Ada Hayden area
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Water Quality
The quality of the water in Ada Hayden Heritage Park is some of the best surface water remaining in Iowa. However, the surrounding land use and erosion of the shoreline is degrading the quality of the water. By protecting the 437 acres of land and lake, this water source will be secure and the area will be available for public access as an added benefit.
Who was Ada Hayden?
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