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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 Arbor Lake Recreation Area is also among our goals.
  • We are leading the effort, on behalf of the City, for development of natural play area in Jaycees Park.
  • From May through September, we organize monthly races on the GART each Second Saturday.

Arbor Lake

Arbor Lake Recreational Area Arbor Lake Park is a recreational area on the southwest side of Grinnell. The 81 acre park includes a small lake, a restored prairie area, and many acres of woodland. (See aerial photo of the entire area at bottom of this page). Trails A natural surface trail around the lake provides …

Biking & Walking programs

Imagine Grinnell coordinates and/or sponsors a number of programs aimed at fostering walking, running and biking in the Grinnell community. We encourage you to participate!   Watch for more information about all our activities by subscribing to our on our News page and Facebook page.

The Grinnell Skate & BMX Project

Please help make the new skatepark a reality!! Fundraising Is Underway to Revamp/Re-ramp Bailey Park Skatepark!!! Imagine Grinnell will lead fundraising efforts to revamp and re-ramp the skatepark located in Bailey Park at 8th Ave. and Prince St. Imagine Grinnell Executive Director Rich Dana said that the $250,000 project will build “a state-of-the-art, concrete park …

Grinnell Area Recreation Trail (GART)

Run – Walk – Bike The GART is a paved multipurpose recreational trail that provides a safe place for outdoor activities. Currently the trail has two primary sections. The first runs from the Grinnell Aquatic Center (parking available here) on Sunset Avenue and in front of Grinnell High School, along Highway  F27 and out to Rock …