City of Ankeny extends closures and cancellations
The City of Ankeny announced it is extending closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This extension is based on the latest data and recommendations by Governor Kim Reynolds, Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The City is committed to protecting its employees and citizens during this pandemic.
The following changes are effective immediately:
Public Buildings and Facilities
- All city office buildings are closed to the public, this includes: City Hall, Public Services, Police Headquarters and all Fire Stations. All residents, contractors and others are encouraged to do business via phone, email or the website. The entrance of City Hall serves as a drop zone for business that cannot be completed online or via phone. The lobby is not staffed.
- All public facilities are closed, this includes: Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library, Otter Creek Golf Course, Prairie Ridge Sports Complex, Ankeny Market & Pavilion, Lakeside Center, Outdoor Education Center, Pinnacle Club, Skate Park and all shelter houses. All events and programming scheduled at these facilities are canceled through April 30.
- Otter Creek driving range is open.
- All Parks and Recreation youth and adult sports, leagues, classes and programs are canceled through May 10. The Parks & Recreation Department will be in touch with anyone who has registered. Fees will be refunded.
- Swim lesson registration has been postponed until further notice.
- All events and programming at the Ankeny Kirkendall Public Library are canceled through May 10.
- Earth Day stream and Watershed cleanup is canceled. Residents are encouraged to celebrate Earth Day at home.
- Free tree give away will occur on Earth Day, April 22 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Maintenance Facility, 211 SE Lorenz Drive.
- Police Week Community Picnic is canceled.
Parks and Trails
- Parks and trails are open with restrictions. Social distancing is required. Avoid groups of people/crowded areas. If space cannot be enjoyed safely, go home or discover a new park.
- Playground equipment and shelter houses are closed.
- Tennis, pickleball and basketball courts are open. Team sports, pickup games and contact play are prohibited.
- The Skate Park is closed.
- All park restrooms are closed and water fountains are turned off.
- The Dog Park is open.
- The City of Ankeny is temporarily suspending all solicitor licenses until April 30. Door to door soliciting is no longer allowed.
- The Ankeny Fire Department has suspended commercial building inspections and other activities where there is significant public contact.
- The Fire Department does not participate in drive-by birthday celebrations.
- The Ankeny Police Department has suspended fingerprinting services, squad ride-alongs and building tours.
- Rental inspections and building inspections within occupied structures are suspended. Please contact the Building Division of the Planning and Building Department at (515) 963-3550 for specific questions.
- Due dates for pet licenses will be extended through July 1.
- New utility customers must set up service by calling the Customer Service Department directly at 515-963-3565. The office is closed to walk-ins. Payments are still expected by specified due dates. No service calls will be scheduled until further notice.
- Fire, EMS and Law enforcement operations will continue in full force. Emergency planning protocols are in place should the situation change.
- Staff will continue working behind the scenes, so please don’t hesitate to call or email departments directly. Plans are put into place to continue to do business. A staff and department contact list is available at https://www.ankenyiowa.gov/our-city/connect-with-us.
Residents are encouraged to stay home and only go out for essentials. While visiting any public space, use your best judgment and act responsibly; bring your own sanitation supplies with you and adhere to recommended guidelines of social distancing. If you do not feel well or have been sick, stay home.
The City of Ankeny appreciates the public’s understanding to this rapidly changing environment. Visit www.ankenyiowa.gov/COVID19 for additional information regarding changes to City business during the COVID-19 pandemic.