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City of Ankeny announces partnership with Polk County to build new community center

Post Date:10/08/2019 10:12 a.m.

The City of Ankeny and the Polk County Board of Supervisors are pleased to announce they are working together to build a community center in Ankeny. The new facility will be built on the Ankeny City campus next to the Fire Station Headquarters, in between West First and Ash Street, on land owned by the City south of Hawkeye Park.

As part of the agreement, Polk County will contribute $3.5 million toward the construction of the facility and the City of Ankeny will be responsible for the balance of the project’s costs. The City will own and maintain the building. The partnership is a 50-year agreement between the City and Polk County. 

Polk County will use the facility to provide senior services consistent with the County’s other metropolitan area facilities including daily meals, health screenings, wellness and recreational opportunities and other senior-oriented services. The new facility will be the new home for the daily congregate meals that are currently held at the Neveln Center. The City will offer programing at the center in the evenings and on weekends for residents of all ages.

“The City of Ankeny is excited to collaborate with Polk County on this new facility. Working together allows us to build a community center that can function on a greater scale and efficiently use taxpayers money,” said Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz. “Our residents will benefit with Polk County’s expertise in senior services, while having a larger first-class facility that would not be possible if either entity built it on its own.”

Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort said “it has been a priority for many years to find a new space to continue providing important senior services in our community. For decades we have provided hot lunches and opportunities for programming and socialization and we are thrilled to be able to continue to serve our seniors in a new, state of the art building.”

Now that the agreement is approved, the City will engage an architect and, working with Polk County, develop the project with plans to break ground in early summer 2020 and open in late 2021. This partnership is the first of its kind in greater Des Moines.