Claude Ahrens believed in “Leave it better than you found it.”, and was dedicated to making a positive impact. It’s a philosophy that resonates with the Ahrens Park Foundation, which sought to honor Claude’s spirit by embarking on a project that beautifully weaves history, community, and artistry into the park signage.
In the heart of Grinnell, Iowa, lies a testament to the enduring legacy of Claude W. Ahrens, a visionary Grinnell businessman and philanthropist. Almost three decades ago, Ahrens’ generous contribution of land and millions of dollars gave birth to the Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park, a hub of recreational activity and community engagement. Named in honor of Claude’s late son, Paul Ahrens, and his dear friend Jim Paschall, the park has become a haven for residents of all ages.
ImageFirst™ consulted with Latitude Signage + Design on the design of the series of signage pieces that would not only share Claude’s legacy in a timeline, but also seamlessly blend into the natural atmosphere of the park, and withstand the elements. The two crucial goals of this project: honoring the park’s donors and founder, and ensuring the signage became an integral part of the park’s aesthetic. The custom CNC routed aluminum vine and leaf motif headers were created then painted and attached to the custom fabricated cabinets. These signs are built to withstand the elements and the test of time with a robust steel and aluminum frame, coupled with custom printed high-pressure UV-treated laminate graphic panels. These weather- and tamper-resistant materials ensure the signs are as durable as they are elegant.