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Ankeny has been nationally recognized for its outstanding dedication to play. The Playful City USA designation from KaBoom! acknowledges communities that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Ankeny is home to Iowa’s largest youth sports complex. The Prairie Ridge Sports Complex consists of over 124 acres of football, softball, soccer and baseball fields that over 5,700 local athletes call home. Did you know that you can surf in Iowa? Ankeny’s two outdoor aquatic facilities offer a plethora of swimming experiences for all ages, including surfing programs on Iowa’s only FlowRider located in Cascade Falls. And make sure to get outside and enjoy some green in one of our 40 developed parks, 79 miles of paved trails or visit the links style and recently renovated Otter Creek Golf Course. The city also has private courses, Briarwood Club of Ankeny and Ankeny Golf and Country Club. Nearby, Saylorville Dam and Big Creek Lake form nearly 6,000 acres for fishing, camping and hiking.

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