The City of Ankeny and the Polk County Board of Supervisors broke ground on the new Albaugh Family Senior Community Center on Monday, September 14, 2020 in the city of Ankeny. This 39,000 square foot facility is expected to be completed late 2021.
The new facility will be built on the Ankeny City campus next to the Fire Station Headquarters on NW Ash Street. Address is 150 NW Ash Street.
With a focus on seniors, the Albaugh Family Senior Community Center will offer a large community center, classrooms, indoor walking track, pickleball courts, golf / sports simulator, exercise area and raised shuffle boards. Polk County will use the facility to provide senior services consistent with its other metropolitan area facilities including daily meals, health screenings, wellness and recreational opportunities and other senior-oriented services. The City will offer programming at the center on the evenings and weekends for residents of all ages. The walking track and amenities on the second floor will be available to Ankeny residents whenever the facility is open.
As part of the agreement, Polk County will contribute $3.5 million towards the construction of the facility and the City of Ankeny will be responsible for the balance of the project's costs. The City will own and maintain the building. Construction costs for the building are estimated at $5.9 million and total project costs are estimated at $7.4 million. The partnership is a 50-year agreement between the City and Polk County and is the first of its kind in greater Des Moines.
Susan and Dennis Albaugh are gifting $500,000 toward the City's new senior community center granting them naming rights to the facility.