Central Park Project

Plans are underway to improve Central Park. Proposed improvements include a new shelter with fireplace and restrooms, a covered/raised stage, and a natural play space. 

Preliminary Plans

Design Presentation January 2016

Design Presentation March 2016

Water Feature Example - Video

Project Timeline April 2016

Calendar of Events


Private donations totaling $1 million will be needed to make the proposed plan a reality. The total project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, with more than $2 million in grants from the Iowa Reinvestment Act, Iowa Great Places, and hotel-motel taxes. 

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) will serve as fiscal agent for the park project, generating, receiving and acknowledging contributions.

Fundraising Brochure with Donation Form

Donate Online

Purchase a Brick

Central Park Project Committee Members

  • Gordon Canfield - Mayor
  • Russ Behrens - City Manager
  • Kay Cmelik - City Clerk/Finance Director
  • Kelly Johnson Rose - Parks & Recreation Director
  • Bill Molison, Kama Small, Ray Spriggs - Parks & Recreation Board
  • Rachel Bly, Byron Hueftle-Worley, Jo Wray - City Council
  • Kate Baumgartner, Rob Clower - Grinnell Area Arts Council
  • Liz Queathem - Imagine Grinnell