Imagine Grinnell coordinates many community activities to keep Grinnell green, growing and playing. Our programs include:

  • Community GardenLocated in James Miller Park, the Community Garden provides a place for Grinnellians of all ages to get outside and dig in the dirt. Click here to learn more.
  • Tree Inventory Services: Every summer Imagine Grinnell offers inventory services for area managers, including mapping, cataloging, and planning. Click here for the TIS page.
  • Energy audit and programsImagine Grinnell has sponsored numerous programs designed to save Grinnellians energy. Click here to find out how you can benefit.
  • Energy CorpsGrinnell was chosen as a host site for a nation-wide Americorps program called Energy Corps, administered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Click here to find out how it can help you.
  • Energy GuideImagine Grinnell staff have created a handy guide to saving energy in your home or business. Click here for more.
  • Second Saturdays is a monthly series of events on the Grinnell Area Recreation Trail (GART) that runs every May through September.  Each event includes a 5K run/walk and a 5K, 10K or 20K bike ride. Click here for more info.
  • Arbor LakeArbor Lake Park is a recreational area on the southwest side of Grinnell. Imagine Grinnell is working with the City to further develop Arbor Lake trails for cross country running and mountain biking. Click here for more info.
  • Grinnell Area Recreation Trail: The first section of the Grinnell Area Recreation Trail (GART) was completed in 2004 after many years of planning, fundraising, and collaboration with the officials of the City of Grinnell, Poweshiek and Jasper County. At the end of 2012, the trail had grown to connects approximately 10 miles of Grinnell. Click here for more info.
  • Biking & Walking Programs: Related to Imagine Grinnell’s work on trails and recreation are its ongoing support of biking and walking in the community. Click here for more info.


Recycling. Energy conservation. Local foods. From the very beginning Imagine Grinnell has been concerned with what are now known as “green” initiatives. We launched a volunteer run recycling center in 1991 and then worked with the city to become one of the first cities in Iowa with curbside recycling and then in 2012 single stream …


Imagine Grinnell works closely with other community organizations to enhance the recreational opportunities available to area residents. We continue to work towards expansion of the Grinnell Area Recreation Trail. We work closely with the city on trail expansion planning, and lead grant writing and private fundraising for trail development. Expansion of the trails throughout the …


Grinnell is surrounded by thousands of acres devoted to the important work of growing the nation’s corn and soybeans – but closer to home, Imagine Grinnell supports a broader array of initiatives including local gardening and native plantings. Our programs provide garden plots and guidance for those who may not have access to either. We …