According to the 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index®, Iowa is #9 in the nation when it comes to being physically, emotionally and mentally healthy. Montezuma residents are encouraged to take the pledge to help create a healthier, happier Iowa today and strive to be in the #1 spot by 2016. Use the link above for resources to jumpstart your personal plan and to stay motivated.
Riser Fitness operates a sweat equity personal training experience at their Montezuma location.
Upward Sports program at the Evangelical Presbyterian Family Center includes basketball for K-6 graders. Contact the church office for more information, 641-623-3275.
Promoting healthy lifestyle choices through programs and services available in Montezuma, including Better Choices Better Health 6-week workshop, and a plan to offer a nutritious meal program in Montezuma in the near future.
Stagecoach Trail begins at the corner of Madison & Hayes on the westside of the Montezuma city limits and extends into Diamond Lake Park. The 1-mile hard surface trail for walking and biking was funded in 2009 by a Region 6 DOT Grant and a REAP Grant secured by the City of Montezuma. A second hard surface trail on the west side of Diamond Lake Park begins north of Montezuma at 480th Avenue.
Diamond Trail Bike Path
Diamond Trail Bike Path is a hard surface westbound and eastbound bike lane that extends from the West Montezuma City Park past Diamond Lake Park. It follows a portion of the original Western Stagecoach Company route from the 1850’s.
Bonham Memorial Park Trail
Bonham Memorial Park is a popular walking trail within the city limits. The park is a shaded corridor of woods atop the old Central Iowa Railroad right of way. The trail begins just off Clark Street on the south side of town, and runs for nearly a mile before ending at the Barnes City Highway. South Diamond Housing Development lies adjacent to trail, giving more in the community better access to the growing network of area trails for fitness and recreation.
The Poweshiek County Sportsman Association promotes and sponsors the sport of 3D archery and several forms of firearm shooting competition. Membership is open to anyone interested in practicing and promoting these sports. The annual membership fee is $30, which entitles members to full use of the club’s archery and shooting ranges. The PCSA’s facilities include a 100-yard outdoor rifle range, located just south of Montezuma, and a few miles west of Montezuma is the club’s 50-foot indoor pistol and archery range with an outdoor trap range and a 3D archery match course. The club’s facilities are open to use by members every day of the year. Many of the PCSA’s activities are directed toward honing individual skills, however, the club also organizes a range of competitive matches that allow members to improve their skills in a variety of disciplines and to test themselves and their skills against their friends and fellow members.
Big Springs Range is the newest shooting range near the Montezuma area. Throughout the year the range is open to the public, and includes open shotgun, trap and skeet field, and five-stand sporting clay. Trap machines are remotely controlled. Big Springs Range hosts Scholastic Clay Trap Program teams from area high schools for practice and competitions, as well as 4-H shooting sports events. The range hosts a number of hunting and shooting events, and serves as a training facility for law enforcement officials and the Iowa State Patrol. The opening of this sporting complex was achieved through the combined efforts of Frank Brownell, Pete Brownell, both of Montezuma-based Brownells Inc., and Larry Dunn of Steel Clay Shooting Range in Eddyville. 5015 Highway 146, Searsboro, Iowa, phone 641-593-6635 or 641-623-8045.
Star Lanes Bowling & Cafe has been a part of the local Montezuma scene for several decades, providing private league and open bowling for the community. Reservations or walk-ins are welcome at Star Lanes, with open bowling available Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Glow bowling begins each Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Many improvements have been added to Star Lanes, including newly re-surfaced lanes, new pins, and an expanded café menu featuring food and bowling combo specials. 413 East Main Street, Montezuma, Iowa, 50171, phone 641-623-5195.
Fun Valley MotoX is an American Motocross Association facility, and is entering into it’s seventh racing season. The track schedule promotes seven racing weekends, boasting the best motocross racing for motorcycles and ATVs in the state of Iowa. The mile-long racetrack encompasses all the natural terrain, in addition to manmade jumps and obstacles for motocross and quad racers. The 5000 square foot all-season facility provides an indoor arena for spectators, as well as amenities for those who wish to take advantage of the camping area with full electrical hookups. Fun Valley is located just three miles southwest of Montezuma. 1066 500th Avenue, Montezuma, Iowa 50171, phone 641-623-3456. www.fvmotox.com
The Evangelical Presbyterian Family Center has become a hub of community activity and is centrally located near the heart of downtown Montezuma. The center is a community outreach of the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Montezuma, hosting community events and a regular schedule of sports and fitness activities. The facility includes a full-size gymnasium, a racquetball/handball court, a weight room and locker rooms equipped with showers. A full-sized kitchen and lounge area are also a part of the center. Members of the community may gain access to the center during public use hours by making an annual membership donation. Also for a suggested donation, all or part of the facility may be rented for private family events. Currently the center offers women’s stretchercize and low-impact aerobics classes, men’s basketball, and a variety of after school programs for the community’s youth, including Upward Sports. 300 East Washington Street, Montezuma, Iowa 50171, phone 641-623-3274.
That’s Dancin’ and instructor Traci Gregory invite you to dance with the local stars! That’s Dancin’ lesson programs specialize in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging and tumbling for ages 3 to adult. The studio is conveniently located on the east side of the square at 115 South Fourth Street, Montezuma, IA 50171, phone 641-623-2623.
The Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center at Grinnell College is available for community use for a $150/6-month membership. The facility includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, 50-meter pool, indoor fieldhouse, gymnasium, climbing wall and raquetball courts.