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Number one small city in the nation to live in or relocate to.
Coolest Small Town in the Midwest.
Grinnell is positioned as an ideal event destination by its central and easily accessible location in the State of Iowa. Grinnell is approximately one hour's drive from three of Iowa's major population centers — Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines, and is roughly equidistant between Dubuque and Council Bluffs. Nearly 1.3 million people live within 70 miles of Grinnell making it a logical choice for statewide competitions, conventions, meetings, and sporting events. Grinnell's recreational amenities and sports venues are extraordinary - unusual given its population of just under 10,000.
Ahrens Park, Grinnell College, The City of Grinnell, and the Grinnell-Newburg School District make up the majority of our recreational/athletic facilities that totals to 100 acres of land and includes:
The mission of the Grinnell Area Regional Sports Authority District is to: bring regional and national awareness of the area's recreational amenities and extraordinary sports venues; actively recruit more teams and spectators to high school, collegiate, and recreational events to Grinnell; guide the direction and evolution of the Grinnell Games. The Grinnell Games were piloted in 2009 as a collaborative effort by the Grinnell Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Grinnell, the Ahrens Park Foundation, and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce to create a signature event that would highlight Grinnell's unusual assets with regard to sports and recreation and encourage all age groups to participate in amateur athletics.
The Grinnell Area Regional Sports Authority District Board is comprised of representatives from all Grinnell area organizations that manage relevant programs and/or facilities as follows: