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Parks & Rec Programs

3-6 Grade Basketball
Dec 6th – Feb 18th
Practice times will vary Tue/Thur Evenings Sat mornings 2 hours a week
Fee $55
Final Deadline Nov 28th
Travel to other communities required
CIRL Website for rules, game locations - League Info
Registration Form
Register Online

Men’s Drop in Basketball
Monday nights starting in December
7 & 8pm game

18th Annual Rosy Cheeks 5K Run/Walk
February 4th, 2017
9am Race Start
$25 Early Bird Price
$30 After January 20th
Register Now!


Snow Ordinance

Story City’s Snow Emergency Ordinance bans the parking of any vehicle on a public street, alley, or parking area in the public right-of-way while in effect. A snow emergency parking ban will begin when the National Weather Service predicts ... Read More

North Park Improvements Project Moves Forward

Improvements to the North Park are scheduled to take place in 2017. The project was one of the top priorities identified in the City’s Parks and Recreation Plan and one of the top three goals identified in the City’s 2013 Strategic Priority Goals. This phase of proposed improvements to the North Park include: 
  1. Tennis Court Area – Construction of a theater/tennis wall. New Fencing and lighting and other associated appurtenances
  2. Carousel Area – Construction of a plaza and amphitheater
  3. Bandstand Aea – The existing bandstand will require some brick restoration. In addition, a roof will also be built over the bandstand and the construction of a picnic area, and
  4. Trail – will be constructed linking these three areas providing easier access for our senior population and handicapped individuals
 The total estimated cost of the project is $403,500 and the city has received a grant from Story County in the amount of $95,750 with remaining funding from Tax Increment Financing.

South Park Project 


Giving Thanks

And a big drumstick to …
Mayor Jensen, Council Members Ostrem & Watson, School Superintendent Matt Patton, Chris Barkema, Betsi Bowman, Kurt Erickson, Dwayne Fiihr, Lois Heckert, Nick Hermanson, Al Holm, John Koppes, Becky Law, Denny Michel, Rick Schreir, and Angela Snyder who took the time this past year updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan that is the vision and guide in the development of the city over the next 15 years.
A whole lot of stuffing for …
Our Fight for Air Climb champs for the fifth straight year – Ryan Peterson, Brian Watson, Tyler Oberender, and Trent Whipple … and for all our volunteer firefighters, police officers, and first responders who serve, protect, and take care of us when we are in need.
How about some Lefse for …
Co-chairs Sheri Keigan and Diana Keech who juggled many balls and for all of those who volunteered for this year’s Scandinavian Days Festival, and
St. Petri Lutheran Church who opened their doors and welcomed St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church to worship in their church, and
to Stephen Anenson who retired as minister after many years serving Immanuel Lutheran Church.
And a heap of mashed potatoes for …

Mayor Jensen, Council Members Ostrem & Watson, Parks & Recreation Superintendent Moran, Erin Barkema, Michaela Carlson, Mari Janes, Jody Larson, and Pete Tekippe who worked together on designing the refurbishment and redevelopment of the South Park.
Another serving of mixed vegetables for …
Council Members Phillips, Sporleder, & Triggs along with the city hall staff, street department, and utility department who work together to make this a premier community.
A big piece of pumpkin pie for …
Museum Director Kate Feil, GCC Director Abby Huff, and Library Director Kolleen Taylor who put on this year’s Story Telling Festival, and
The underground coffee group who volunteer to help out on so many little things that make things a whole lot nicer in town, and
New mother, Recreation & Aquatics Supervisor Jenny Nelson who will need the extra energy.
And whip cream on the pie for …
John Gookin who personifies community spirit by agreeing to be Story City’s representative in the next Heartland Senior Services Dancing with the Stars competition.
Perhaps another helping of cranberry sauce for …
Woodland Farms that raises turkeys one of which was presented to and hopefully pardoned by President Reagan, and
Vena Mae Larson who writes the greatest notes with beautiful penmanship I might add, and
For all of those who have been so active in so many ways at the River Bend Golf Course for they have truly given their time, talent, and treasure making it such an outstanding place to play.
And some rutabagas
for my wife Elizabeth (who looks forward to them on Thanksgiving) who often reminds me that, “kindness is free.”
A special prayer for …
My friend, who was everyone’s friend, and was one of our community leaders -  Rich Olive – who gave so much and is missed by so many.
And finally, take the time to count your blessings this Thanksgiving Season because there is plenty to be thankful for.
Mark A. Jackson
City Administrator

City of Story City

504 Broad St.
Story City, IA 50248
(515) 733-2121
(515) 733-2460 Fax
Office Hours:
M-F 8am-4:30pm

Mike Jensen

Dave Sporleder
Becky Watson
Matt Triggs 
Karl Ostrem
Connie Phillips

Mark A. Jackson
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