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

Progress Report March 2017

Stage Plans March 2017

Photo Gallery July 2017

Project Complete - Photos Oct. 2017

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

Brick Walkway - Last Chance Sale

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