To enhance the quality of life by providing and maintaining safe and clean park and recreation facilities and providing recreation activities focusing on the residents of Huxley and reaching out within the Ballard School District.
WHAT WE DO
The Huxley Parks & Recreation Department, located within the Citizen's Community Center (3C's), employs 10 part-time recreation assistants, and 2 interns (one fall and one spring) as well as nearly 50 annual independent contractors for positions such asfitness instructors, youth program referees and scorekeepers. Our programs provide opportunities for Huxley community members, as well as, Ballard School Distcit ciommunity members.
The department and its employees and contractors are aided by the Parks & Recreation Board consisting of seven residents, appointed by the mayor, who advise and assist the city on needed facilities and programs to provide open space such as parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and community facilities for other forms of recreation. The Board advises the Director of Parks & Recreation on the use and development of city parks and recreational areas including developing a comprehensive plan for the city’s parks and recreational programs over a 5-year period, future parks and types, timetable for expansion or current facilities, and timetable for capital improvements. The Park & Recreation Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the city council chambers at city hall.
The Parks & Recreation Board also has oversight of one advisory board. The Tree Board consisting of five residents, appointed by the mayor, has the duty to prepare, revise annually and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal and disposition of trees and shrubs located within the right-of-way boundaries of all city streets or located on any other property owned by the city. The Tree Board meets monthly on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the city council chambers at city hall.
Each and every customer or guest will receive the following:
- A welcoming, friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable staff
- A listening ear to hear your needs, wants, and level of satisfaction with our services
- Staff empowered to make decisions in the best interest of the customer
- A staff dedicated to continuous improvement, constantly evaluating our processes and systems to provide efficient and effective serice for our customers
- Excellence and a focus on safety, quality, and delivery
DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY PUBLICATIONS
The department's marketing efforts for our programs and services aim to cover a wide demographic as we realize not everyone obtains there news from one source. Our marketing efforts include:
Huxley Parks & Recreation Program Guide (Quarterly)
Local Access Channel 47 (Huxcomm)
Huxley Enhancement and Recreational Organization (HERO)
Our Department Newsletter
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
Sponsorships are available for select programs and special events as well as some park amenities such as benches and picnic tables. If your business is interested in a sponsorship with Huxley Parks & Recreation Department, please contact us at (515) 597-2515. More information on the program and specific sponsorship amounts will be available here before the end of the 2011 year. Types of sponsorships available include cash contributions, in-kind, and advertising and promotions. Currently the following local businesses are sponsors and several more are partners in our "It Pays to be a Member" program:
Huxley Subway (monthly Lunch & Learn program 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
South Story Bank & Trust (supplied youth soccer balls for the soccer program 2008 and 2009)
Craig Carroll Photography (supplier of program photography services)
Integrated Print Solutions (supplier of program tshirts)
AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Huxley Parks & Recreation Department is a proud member of the Iowa Park & Recreation Association and the National Recreation & Park Association. Huxley Parks & Recreation Department is also a member of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Story County Conservation, and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Our memberships have generated grant applications and in some cases awards for the City of Huxley that may otherwise have not been available.