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Get active and stay active—a good motto for any age. This is also a motto that can be achieved in Grinnell during any season.

Several fitness centers can accommodate anyone’s needs with a personal trainer, exercise classes, cardiovascular, and strength training. Yoga, Pilates, and massage are also available in Grinnell.

Enjoy the fresh air. Take advantage of the prairie land, the two small lakes in town, and three additional lakes located close by. Grinnell offers parks with walking paths, shelters, playground equipment, basketball courts, sand volleyball, softball and baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a driving range, tennis courts, Frisbee golf, and picnic areas and a bike trail, already nearly seven miles long, that continues to expand. In the summer enjoy the weekly concert series held at Grinnell’s Central Park gazebo. In the fall enjoy the local pumpkin farm and its various activities. In the spring enjoy a weekend with Kites over Grinnell.

Children stay active with dance classes, gymnastics, and seasonal team sports. Grinnell also has a bowling alley, a private nine-hole golf course and pool, and a public 18-hole golf course located five miles west of town. The Grinnell Mutual Aquatic Center, scheduled to open in 2010, features slides, zero-depth entry, lap lanes, and a lazy river and is sure to offer summertime fun to patrons of all ages.

Having Fun

Ahrens/Paschall Park, located on the northeast edge of Grinnell, includes baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, sledding hill, shelter houses, a three-quarter-mile walking trail, picnic areas, horseshoe pits, and a driving range. For those who prefer indoor recreation, the Grinnell Athletic & Recreation Center lies on the north edge of Ahrens/Paschall Park, providing tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, as well as a one-tenth-mile walking track.

The Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department offers classes, team sports, equipment and park rentals, and recreation leagues for all ages and all seasons. Grinnell is rated “One of America’s Most Walkable Small Towns” by epodunk and “Very Walkable” by Walk Score.

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