Your off-leash dog park



  • 2.5 acre off-leash dog park.
  • Separate fenced small dog area
  • Pond (gated for safety)
  • Located on PALS’ four acre property
  • Owned and operated by PALS
  • Open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, but closed 730-9am and 430-6pm for use by PALS shelter dogs. 
  • $30 annual membership per household (not per dog!)
  • Employee benefits for employers/organizations (see below)

  • Planned: Agility training equipment (obstacles, jumps, etc). 

PALS Park membership is FREE for all employees of Grinnell Mutual and Grinnell Regional Medical Center, thanks to contributions from these employers. 

Want free membership for your office? Ask your employer about the benefits that come with tax deductible donations.

Donate to PALS Park

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  • Or an employee challenge
    • If just a few of your employees donate, then all of your organization gets park membership!
    • The number of donations depends on the size of your organization. 
    • For example: one Grinnell employer has 150 employees, so we challenged just 25 employees to make a donation at any level so all 150 employees get park membership!
    • Contact Barry to work out a deal for your organization. 

Other ways to help

  • Funding, advice, supplies and/or labor all welcome.
  • Materials needed include:

Employee benefits for businesses (donations are tax deductible)

  • Biscuit Level: Less than $250
    • ½ price PALS Park membership for 1 year for up to 5 employees
  • Leash Level: $250
    • Small sign with name on dog park fence
    • Membership for 5 employees for 2 years
  • Puppy level: $500
    • Medium size sign on dog park fence
    • Membership for 20 employees for first 2 years
  • Dog level: $1,500
    • Large sign with logo posted for 3 years
    • Membership for 50 employees for 3 years
  • Park Level: $5,000
    • Large sign with logo posted for 5 years
    • Membership for all employees for 5 years

    Best Businesses!

    Contributions received with thanks from private donors as well as:

    • 1st State Bank
    • Monsanto
    • Great Western Bank
    • U Iowa Community Credit Union
    • Grinnell Lions Club
    • Grinnell Veterinary Clinic
    • Lions Club
    • Grinnell Regional Medical Center 
    • Grinnell Mutual
    • City of Grinnell
    • VanTomme Landscaping and Concrete
    • 4 Seasons Trailer and Equipment

    Endorsement from Poweshiek County (link)

    Endorsement from City of Grinnell (see pages 14-16)

    Park Map

    Lengths are shown in feet

    PALS Park Location.jpg

    PALS Park rules

    1. Keep dogs on leashes at all times except in designated “off-leash” areas. 
    2. Members must have a leash in hand at all times. 
    3. Members must remain in the park and keep their dog in view at all times.
    4. All dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations and tags.
    5. Dogs under four months of age should not enter the park. 
    6. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    7. Any dogs showing signs of aggression should be removed from the premises. 
    8. Members should actively encourage good dog and owner behavior
    9. Female dogs in heat are not permitted in the dog park. 
    10. Do not bring human or dog food inside the park.
    11. Members must pick up dog poop.
    12. Members must fill in any holes made by their pets. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What will the park's opening hours be?

    PALS Park will be open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year!  Only closed 730-9am and 430-6pm for use by PALS shelter dogs. 

    How can I sign up to become a member?

    Check back here as we near the park's opening date. 

    How will the money from the park be used?

    Membership fees are designed to cover the cost of park maintenance estimated at about $5,000, including insurance at almost $2,000 annually, and mulch, fence repairs, etc. 

    Can I buy a day pass for the park instead of an annual membership?

    Yes! A day pass is $5. You can buy a day pass at the shelter office during shelter business hours. Otherwise, you can use a drop box at the park gate. 

    How many dogs can I bring?

    A member household can bring as many dogs as they wish, so long as those dogs live in the household and have been included in the membership application. 

    Can I bring a guest dog?

    Members can bring 1 guest dog (humans are free!)

    How will park entry be controlled? 

    There will be regular spot checks, with volunteers making unscheduled visits to compare people's addresses to the members database. 


    July 9 - The Work Starts!

    Site preparation generously donated by VanTomme Landscaping

    August 15

    More Site prep for the fence line thanks to Josh at 4 Seasons Trailer and Equipment

    August 16

    Central Iowa Fencing marks the fence line

    Grinnell College students with the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) volunteered their time to remove invasive plants from the park.

    Photos from Monica Loza (Grinnell College ’18). Thanks also to Elaine Marzluff and Elizabeth Hill. 


    Oct 2 - The Fence Begins!

    We broke ground on PALS Park! Central Iowa Fencing started to erect the outer fence, soon to be followed by the pond fence. It's so exciting to be almost at the finish line!

    We need at least $15k to finish the project (cement, gravel, signs, water fountain, etc). Donate now and help us get there soon!

    Donate to PALS Park

    Or by mail to PALS Park, PO Box 123, Grinnell IA, 50112


    October 8 - Seno Gives PALS Park A Test Run!

     This is the south side of PALS Park, where members will drive to enter. There will be a gravel driveway with parking space in front of the park entrance. The small dog area is just to the right as you enter the park (entrance gate is on the left in this picture). 

    This is the south side of PALS Park, where members will drive to enter. There will be a gravel driveway with parking space in front of the park entrance. The small dog area is just to the right as you enter the park (entrance gate is on the left in this picture). 

    October 10 - City workers come out to lay mulch along the trail. 

    Oct 21 - Placing Benches Around the Park


    oct 22 - Texas Trying Out the Park


    nov 18 - Shawn Walters and the crew from Stevens Concrete pour cement for the entrance area


    nov 20 - first look at our sign designs!


    nov 20 - kids from central iowa christian school get to work!

    (and get to play with Daisy as a reward)


    nov 21 - Trails mulched using recycled wood delivered by the City of Grinnell


    Christmas at PALS Park and the signs are up!