Citizens For Roosevelt Park

Citizens For Roosevelt Park successfully worked through 2012 and 2013 as a diverse group dedicated to preserving the valued green and community-gathering space at the former Roosevelt school property in central Ames, Iowa.
Roosevelt Apple-tree Climber

We did it! Thanks to the support of our 200+ members, we successfully preserved a ~1.3 acre park. Join us at Friends of Roosevelt Park, a new nonprofit to support the concert series and park development.


For nearly 90 years, the grounds of the Roosevelt School have been a community gathering place in Ames. Nestled in a neighborhood of historic “character” homes, the approximately 3.5 acres have continued to serve as a vital and active hub since the closing of Roosevelt School in 2005.

Today commonly referred to as Roosevelt Park by its many visitors, the property is now comprised of the 1.3 acre grassy field and numerous mature trees. (The remaining 2.2 acres of the Roosevelt property were sold to the local development company, Real Estate Service Group, Inc., in April 2013.)

Citizens For Roosevelt Park was dedicated to preserving Roosevelt Park for future generations. In May 2013, as its political activities came to a close, CFRP “morphed” into Friends of Roosevelt Park. Friends is a new, nonpolitical organization that seeks to assist with development of the new City park and to organize free public events to strengthen our community! Learn more about Friends by clicking HERE!

Roosevelt Park receives frequent use by a variety of stakeholders including:

Far from being just a neighborhood park, Roosevelt Park attracts visitors from throughout Ames and nearby towns. (A 2012 informal 10-day use survey indicated that more than 20 percent of daily users came from outside the immediate neighborhoods.)

Summer Sunday Concert

Citizens For Roosevelt Park is a diverse group: young and old, near and far, singles and families with children. Common to us are a sincere interest in and history with the Roosevelt Park property. Join our 200 members today in preserving this community treasure!

Disclaimer: This website and the CFRP initiative are completely volunteer-driven. It is therefore possible that we have made omissions or errors. If so, please do let us know. Co-coordinators Anneke Mundel and Stacey Ross: