Frequently Asked Questions
What hours is the Blake Fieldhouse open to the public?
The schedule often varies due to activities and events that are hosted in the Blake Fieldhouse. We send out a monthly email with a calendar, and also post updates via Twitter, Facebook. We have an Instagram and SnapChat account as well. In general, we have the following schedule–
During the school year (traditional calendar): Weeknights 6-9 pm, Weekends 1-5 pm // open gym hours are extended on weeknights 5:45-9:30 pm during the fall/winter months. Weekend open gym is October-April.
During the summer: Afternoons 1-4 pm // when events are in the Fieldhouse (basketball camps, for example) there is no open gym that day
The Blake Fieldhouse is closed for 2-3 weeks during the summer for maintenance and cleaning. Those dates are announced closer to the summer season.
When fall & winter weather arrives…. The upper track to the Blake Fieldhouse becomes available on weekdays during the school year from 5:30-6:30 am, and 9:30-11 am. Those who arrive before school (5:30-6:30 am) can park by the main entrance to the Blake Fieldhouse and enter and exit through those doors. Those who arrive during the school day (9:30-11 am) must park in the lot near the main office (by the flagpole) and bring an ID with them for a background check. They will need to wear a visitor’s badge at all times. They will need to enter and exit through the main office. There may or may not be physical education classes in the Blake Fieldhouse; please be respectful of the staff and students. No photos of students will be permitted.
I’ve never attended open gym at the Blake Fieldhouse before. What should I know before I arrive?
We’re glad you want to join us! We want everyone to have a good time and enjoy their experience. We have a supervisor available to answer questions, and can provide access to a First Aid kit in the event you need it. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There is a sign-in table in the atrium when you arrive. Any announcements we may need to share will also be on the table.
- Bring your own equipment (volleyballs, basketballs, water bottles, etc.).
- There are two wooden-floor basketball courts, and two multipurpose-floor courts on the main floor. Those same courts can be arranged to accommodate up to 5 volleyball courts. There are 16 basketball hoops, and the multipurpose section has markings for softball and baseball diamonds. If you would like the volleyball nets set up, please ask the supervisor for access to the equipment.
- There are two tracks available for runners/walkers–one is elevated, and another circles the courts on the main floor. The tracks are NOT competition tracks; it is approximately 8 laps for a mile. There is an elevator for access to the upper track, and also stairs. Strollers and walkers are permitted on the tracks; we simply ask that you leave room for people to pass you as needed.
- There is NO CHARGE to attend open gym. We ask that you respect the facility and the people who are using it so we can continue to offer it as a free service to the Indianola community. More specific guidelines are posted at the Fieldhouse.
Is it possible to rent the Blake Fieldhouse for my group to use?
Yes, it is possible to rent the Blake Fieldhouse. You can reserve the entire Fieldhouse, or individual court space. The Fieldhouse hosts a variety of events throughout the year, and is growing in popularity. Your first step should be to check our calendar page for availability. The Indianola School District holds the rental agreement for the Blake Fieldhouse, and has a more detailed calendar for future months. If the date you wish to use the Fieldhouse appears open, contact the Activities Office (515-961-9510) or email bernie.brueck @ indianola.k12.ia.us for the rental policy and payment information.
Does ICYF have items available for silent auctions or fundraisers? Do you make contributions to other groups?
We get many requests, and we love to help out; we want to make sure our resources are going directly back to those who give back to our community. Please send ICYF a written request explaining what items you are interested in having donated, and how your group or organization will be supporting Indianola. You can email our Executive Director, or mail the document to our PO Box. We are unable to respond to requests on short notice. Please give us at least 30 days in advance to decide on a donation request.
Are donations to the ICYF tax deductible? How can I donate?
Yes, ICYF has been approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 Foundation. You can donate online through our website, by attending one of our fundraisers throughout the year, or mailing a check to the ICYF address (PO Box 423, Indianola, IA 50125).
What is the mission statement for Indianola Community Youth Foundation?
To build on Indianola’s reputation as a community committed to its youth by providing opportunities for kids to develop their personal best, make good choices, model positive behaviors, and build leadership skills.
How did the Indianola Community Youth Foundation (ICYF) get started?
Major League Baseball player and Indianola natives Casey Blake and his wife Abbie initiated the Indianola Community Youth Foundation to fund efforts that will benefit Indianola kids. The foundation was created as a way for the Blakes to give back to their community and to build on Indianola’s reputation as a community committed to its youth.
Who is on the ICYF Executive Board?
Our Executive Board currently has 11 members who serve 3-year terms. The Board for 2017 is: Abbie Blake, Casey Blake, Jeff Hartung, Kamie Haynes, Larry McConnell, Jeff Petersen, Gina Piper, Art Sathoff, Nathan Seberg, Lori Smith, and Jane Whalen.
Is the ICYF only for athletics?
No. The effort to provide additional athletic facilities for the youth of our community was the first goal of the ICYF. The ICYF was created to support efforts that benefit the youth of Indianola. We are developing more programs to reach more youth, and will roll them out gradually.
What is ICYF working on now?
We have created a nutrition program to help families in the Indianola community make informed decisions about their meals and snacks. We provided snacks for the varsity teams when they travel to a conference or district game (at the coach’s discretion). We are always working with the school district to determine when open gym times can be scheduled throughout the year and providing supervision for those open gym times.
How can I get more involved?
There are many ways to get involved in this exciting opportunity. To be contacted, email your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org