Since 1985 Imagine Grinnell has been a catalyst for the development for many things that make Grinnell a great community.

Our mission is to:

– improve the quality of life for our people
– promote a healthy environment
– complement local economic development efforts

Imagine Grinnell uses its non-profit status and the strength of the Grinnell community to harness donations, government and private grants, and volunteers for a wide variety of community projects.


The Latest From Imagine Grinnell…


Imagine Grinnell Throwback 5K, 10K, 15K Race

  We are hosting a fundraising event to benefit Imagine Grinnell on Saturday, September 17th at Ahrens Park.  The course is fairly flat with occasional rolling hills that take you through Ahrens Park, beautiful countryside, Country Club area, and Grinnell College. To register, please click HERE Check-in & Packet Pick Up:  Check-in and day of …

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Meet Imagine Grinnell: Barb Baker

Get to know the staff and board of Imagine Grinnell! This week, we are featuring Barb Baker, a board member of Imagine Grinnell. Read more

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Meet Imagine Grinnell: Liz Queathem

Get to know the staff and board of Imagine Grinnell! This week, we are featuring Liz Queathem, president of Imagine Grinnell. “It’s very satisfying to get to work on projects that improve the community and see the fruits of your labors mature. I have really enjoyed hands-on work like installing Hudson Prairie at Arbor Lake Park …

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Diploma Dash 5K Event

Celebrate Commencement Season by earning your own diploma . . . for finishing a 5k! Who: Recent graduates, visiting family members, and area runners are all welcome to take part in a 5K fun run to kick off Grinnell College’s graduation weekend. When: Saturday, May 21 at 9 AM Where: Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic …

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Celebrate Solar Event

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 PM at the Ahrens Park Foundation building to celebrate solar! Location: Imagine Grinnell Foundation, 1510 Penrose St, Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Event Details: Ideal Energy installed 13 new solar arrays in Grinnell over the last year, and they are donating a portion of the proceeds from those projects to Imagine …

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Meet Imagine Grinnell: Chris Bair

Get to know the staff and board of Imagine Grinnell! This week, we are featuring Chris Bair, a board member of Imagine Grinnell. Chris Bair will be leaving the board when his term ends in July 2016. Thanks so much for your service, Chris! Read more

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MAY15: Help build the new Summer Street Giving Garden!

Come and join us for a Sunday afternoon garden-building get together at Summer St. Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) in Grinnell. All ages and skill levels welcome! What is a “Giving Garden?” It’s a garden planted and maintained by volunteers to provide free, healthy food to anyone who needs it. That might be a …

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The Green Yard Makeover Event Series – Free and Open to Public

Interested in learning more about water, nature, and gardening? Attend these free classes open to the public taught by organic farmer Jordan Scheibel and native plant restorationist and retired biology teacher Jim Kessler.  All classes in the series will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm, on Tuesdays, Feb. 16, March 1, and March 15 at Grinnell …

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