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Ahrens Park
Please download your copy of the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park Map here.

Open Gym Hours for the Grinnell Athletic & Recreation Center (GARC)

October – April
Monday thru Friday:
7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The cost of attending open gym hours during the City Parks & Rec hours is $3.00 for children and adults. There is no charge for senior citizens.

To purchase an open gym pass, you must go to the city of Grinnell/Parks & Recreation Department office, now located in the GARC. Monthly and yearly passes are available. Passes are valid during all open gym hours.

For rentals of the Ahrens Family Center or Grinnell Athletic and Recreation Center, please contact the city of Grinnell/Parks & Recreation Dept. at (641)236-2620.

ahrens park foundation

Ahrens Park Foundation
Ahrens Park Foundation Board of Directors
President - Scott Schmidt
Vice-President - Jim Ramsey
Treasurer/Secretary - Shannon Fitzgerald
Chad Ahrens
Nicole Brua-Behrens
David Clay
Julie Gosselink
Chad Nath
Susan Witt
Facilities Manager
Shane Gosselink

In 1997, the Ahrens Park Foundation was established as a private operating foundation, which owns and operates Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park. The Ahrens Park Foundation is dedicated to providing first class recreational and athletic facilities while partnering with wellness, educational and recreational programs and organizations for the greater good of the community of Grinnell. Its partners include the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool, Mid-Iowa Community Action, City of Grinnell Parks & Recreation Department, Grinnell Little League, Grinnell-Newburg Schools, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Parks & Recreation Association and Iowa Amateur Softball Association.

For information on Grinnell Little League please visit their website at

Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is named after Claude and Dolly's son, the late Paul W. Ahrens, who passed away in 1989 at the age of fifty, and a friend of Paul's, Jim Paschall, who also passed away at a fairly young age. Building a recreational park had always been a life long dream for both Claude and his son, Paul.

The Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is home to Grinnell Little League's eight youth softball fields and baseball fields, two outdoor basketball courts, two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, three youth soccer fields, a golf driving range, several playground areas, shelters, a sledding hill, and a one and a half mile outdoor walking path. Also located at the park is the Ahrens Family Center, the Grinnell Athletic and Recreation Center, and the foundation offices for both the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and the Ahrens Park Foundation. The Iowa Park and Recreation Association Headquarters and Iowa Amateur Softball Association are located next door to the park. Today, the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is comprised of over one hundred acres of land. To reserve one of our three park shelter houses, please contact the Ahrens Park Foundation offices at (641)236-5518. Please view our calendar section to see current availability of our park shelters.

Grinnell Athletic and Recreation Center

The Grinnell Athletic & Recreation Center (the GARC) was built in 1998 and includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, locker rooms, 3 offices, and an open lobby. The City of Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department lease the GARC facility year round for their offices and various indoor programs and activities.

Ahrens Family Center

Ahrens Family Center
The Ahrens Family Center was built in 1994, and is a 30,000 square foot facility, housing the Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, as well as Head Start classrooms. With a recent addition, the Ahrens Family Center has 14 classrooms, a gymnasium, a 20 by 35 foot swimming pool where small children are taught to swim, and a large kitchen facility. Outdoors, there are two fenced-in play areas with playground equipment and safe tile surfacing for children who attend the center to play.

Administrative Foundation Offices

Administrative Foundation Offices
The 5,400 square foot administrative foundation offices for the Ahrens Park Foundation and Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is comprised of a large reception/waiting area, reception desk, ten office rooms, two conference rooms, two kitchens and several restrooms. The foundation offices facility was originally built in 2006. A recent building expansion was completed in 2011. Offices for the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation and Imagine Grinnell are also housed here along with two Grinnell College student fellows assisting the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation and Imagine Grinnell.

All administrative and grantmaking functions occur at the foundation offices. Various charitable programs run by the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation include the Community Support Services, Dolly Ahrens Scholarship Award, Leave It Better Than You Found It, and Lend A Hand.

The Ahrens Park administrative facility is available by reservation for individuals and/or groups associated with local nonprofit organizations who have an established relationship with either the Ahrens Park Foundation or the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation for the use of meeting and/or reception space. Use is not permitted for private parties, or other social, non-community oriented gatherings unless approved by office staff of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation.

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Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation
1510 Penrose Street, P.O. Box 284, Grinnell, IA 50112 • (641)-236-5518 phone • (641)-236-5590 fax •

Office Hours Open to the Public - Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have an after hours mail box for your convenience.
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