Ahrens Park Foundation

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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 collaborating 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’s Parks & Recreation, Grinnell Youth Baseball/Softball Association, Imagine Grinnell, Grinnell-Newburg Schools, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, and Mid-Iowa Futbol Club.

Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park

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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 eight youth softball 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, three shelter houses, 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 offices for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Ahrens Park Foundation, Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation, and Imagine Grinnell. 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 and other park events.

View or download a copy of the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park brochure.

View or download a copy of the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park map.

Ahrens Park Foundation Board of Directors

President – Nicole Brua-Behrens
Vice-President – Chad Nath
Treasurer/Secretary – Shannon Fitzgerald
Assistant Treasurer – Julie Gosselink
Chad Ahrens
Heather Benning
Jon Pettlon
Susan Witt

Facilities Manager

Shane Gosselink


For information on Grinnell Youth Baseball/Softball Association please visit their website at www.eteamz.com/grinnelllittleleague1.

The Grinnell Sports Authority provides grants to non-profit groups holding sporting events in Grinnell and Poweshiek County. Please see the Grinnell Sports Authority website for more information.

Garc logoThe Grinnell Athletic & Recreation Center (GARC) was built in 1998 and includes a multi-purpose gymnasium, locker rooms, two offices, and an open lobby. The city of Grinnell’s Parks & Recreation leases the GARC facility year round for its offices and various indoor programs and activities.

The cost of attending open gym 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/Recreation department office, now located in the GARC. Monthly and yearly passes are available. Passes are valid during all open gym hours.

Please download the GARC flyer for more information on GARC and its facility usage.

Open Gym Hours GARC

October – April

Monday thru Friday:
7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Closed for private rentals

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ahrens Family Center

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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 Mid-Iowa Community Action’s Head Start classrooms. With a recent addition, the Ahrens Family Center now has twelve learning classrooms, a gymnasium, a 20 by 35 foot swimming pool where small children are taught to swim, and a large kitchen facility. Outside, there are two fenced-in play areas with playground equipment and safe tile surfacing for children who attend the center to play.

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

Administrative Foundation Offices

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The 5,400 square foot administrative foundation offices for the Ahrens Park Foundation and Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation is comprised of a welcoming lobby, reception desk, nine office rooms, guest workstation, three conference rooms, two kitchens and several restrooms. The foundation offices facility was originally built in 2006 with the completion of a large building expansion in 2011. Offices for the Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation and Imagine Grinnell are also housed here along with Grinnell College student fellows.

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.