Ribbon Cutting Set for October 11 to Dedicate Marion's Newest Park
Marion Park Board members, City staff, community leaders and Chamber ambassadors will gather on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Waldo’s Rock Park, the newest park in Marion.
The ceremony will take place at the park’s pavilion located at 6303 Partners Avenue, east of Highway 13 and south of Highway 151. The park is adjacent to the 184-acre Marion Enterprise Center. It will open to the public immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.
About the Project
In 2015, local resident and developer Waldo Morris donated 7.4 acres of land to be developed as a city park. A large rock on the property was determined to be a glacial, granite rock deposited on the site from west-central Minnesota during the last Ice Age.
Aptly named Waldo’s Rock Park, the project features the glacial boulder, a pond, 20-stall parking lot, pavilion with grills, loop trail, fishing pier, prairie grasses and a trail connection to the Grant Wood Trail system.
The pond will be stocked this fall and catch and release fishing will be permitted until the habitat has time to become established. The park will provide unique learning and recreational opportunities for all ages.
The project was funded in part by a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, local option sales tax (LOST) funds and the City of Marion.