Marion Honored as All Star Community
The Iowa League of Cities recognized the City of Marion as a 2017 All-Star Community at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit on Sept. 29, 2017. Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly and city officials were on hand to accept the award which recognized the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park.
The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the League to cities. Winners were named in August and Marion was among three of Iowa’s 943 cities to garner such recognition.
The idea for an amphitheater grew out of a community visioning process that identified the need for enhanced amenities in Marion’s existing network of parks. The Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts was completed in 2014. It features a 50-foot stage, intricate tile work and a canopy of six oak leaves sculpted from Corten steel. Improved programming efforts in 2016 have increased usage of this permanent outdoor venue and taken it from a best-kept secret to one of Marion’s crown jewels.
“This one-of-a-kind venue is the perfect example of what can happen when we think bigger and reach higher as a community,” said Mayor AbouAssaly.
This year’s other All-Star Community Award winners are Center Point and Washington. A fourth winner, chosen by popular vote on Facebook and announced at the conference, is Nevada.