In 1993, Claude donated more than four million dollars and fifty acres of land to build the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park, a recreational and athletic complex and the Ahrens Family Center, a multi-use childcare facility. The park is a tribute to Claude’s late son, Paul, 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, outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court, four pickleball courts, a sand volleyball court, several playground areas, three shelter houses, a sledding hill, community gardens, green spaces, and a one and a half mile outdoor walking path. The Ahrens Family Center houses the Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool, complete with an indoor youth gymnasium and swimming pool, where young children are taught to swim and to enjoy many leisure activities.