Prospect Meadows Ball Fields
Prospect Meadows is a proposed 17-field baseball and softball complex northeast of Marion. The complex would host local league play and weekend tournaments, drawing teams from across the Midwest.
Located just south of County Home Rd. and east of Highway 13, the over 120-acre, $13.7 million complex will feature 17 fields—including one Miracle Field, specially built for people with disabilities.
The project is unique to Marion and positions the community and metro area as a destination for sports tourism. It also demonstrates regional collaboration – with involvement from multiple cities, Linn County, Linn County Conservation District and Perfect Game USA.
With league tournaments and tournament usage by Perfect Game USA, the Cedar Rapids-based scouting firm, organizers expect more than 60,000 out-of-the-area visitors each year for games, filling 80,000 hotel room nights due to extended stays. More than 120,000 people are expected to visit the complex annually.
The project also addresses a significant recreational need. We are unable to expand our programming opportunities for adults due to limited number of fields and availability. It could also mean 2-4 new hotels for Marion to meet demand, expanding hotel/motel taxes.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:
The complex is expected to generate $25 million in direct spending in the area each year. It is also expected to create 200 full- and part-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $500,000.
The complex will cost approximately $14 million. The project will be paid for through local and state funding, grants, private donations and loans. Marion City Council has pledged up to $1.25 million in financial support.
- Submit Vision Iowa application - November 2015
- Groundbreaking Phase 1 - anticipated in Spring 2018
- Completion Phase 1 - anticipated in early 2019
- Completion Phase 2 - anticipated in 2023
News Release - Hall-Perrine Foundation Awards $1.5 Million Challenge Grant (Oct. 30, 2017)
City of Marion
Lon Pluckhahn, City Manager
1890 County Home Road
Marion, Iowa 52302
*information accurate at time of posting, details are subject to change