The city of Ankeny Parks & Recreation Department is not mailing out a fall and winter program guide this year due to the impacts of COVID-19. However, the department is still offering programs in September and October.

Below is a condensed schedule for the fall. Registration for all programs is available at

Martial Arts: For the beginner, Lil’ Ninjas teaches child safety, confidence, balance & strength, dexterity, respect, fun and friendship through martial arts. Tae Kwon Do offers self-defense training, physical exercise and artistic expression. All belts welcome. Classes are offered on Saturdays, starting Aug. 29 for 3-year-olds and up.

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Owen Templeton, 6, of Ankeny jumps to the wooden box with instructor Paul Hubbard during the Parkour obstacle course training at the Lakeside Center in Hawkeye Park which is hosted by Ankeny Park and Recreation on Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Lee Navin / For the Register)

Parkour: Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, in the fastest and most efficient way possible without assistive equipment. Beginner and intermediate/advanced classes offered for 6 – 18 year-olds. Classes start Sept. 2 and will be held at Hawkeye Park.

Youth Sand Volleyball Clinic: Children in fourth to seventh grade will work on volleyball skills and drills from current and former AHS and ACHS players. Classes start Sept. 14 and will be held at Hawkeye Park.

Little Athletes: This fun sports clinic teaches children, 3 -5-year-olds, and basic skills for various sports in an outdoor setting. Held twice a week, for three weeks, on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Classes start Sept. 14 and will be held at Sunrise Park.

TOT – Teams of Tomorrow: This creative ball handling and dribbling program uses music, academic enrichment and basketballs to improve physical and mental growth for 3 – 5-year-olds. Classes start Sept. 14 and are held at Sunrise Park.

Mini Soccer Clinic: This 4-day intro to soccer program, for 3-4-year-olds, will focus on the basics–kicking, passing and shooting. Kids will transition through stations to work on each skill each night. This program starts Sept. 14 and will be held at Wagner Park for four consecutive days, through Sept. 17.

Witchcrafts Under the Stars: Join us for a spooky movie and some Halloween fun! Participants will be given a Halloween kit to complete on-site or take with them that includes a craft, pumpkin, candy and more! This event will be held at the Wagner Park Bandshell, for 2-7-year-olds, on Oct. 8, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Registration is required.

More information: Please visit for a list of all programs  offered and to register. All Parks & Recreation indoor youth and adult leagues, programs and public gym lottery reservations, which utilize community school gymnasiums, are canceled until further notice. The Parks & Recreation Department will be in touch with anyone who has registered and program fees will be refunded. City staff will confer with Ankeny Community School District administration to reevaluate public gymnasium usage at a later date and, should conditions change, will provide an update at that time.

The city of Ankeny appreciates the public’s understanding in this rapidly changing environment.


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