The Marion Parks and Recreation Department works to enrich Marion and the lives of our residents and surrounding communities by providing a wide-range of recreational and educational opportunities for people of all ages that encourage healthy, active lifestyles and life-long learning.
Our vision is that every person enjoys unlimited access to high quality recreational programs and parks that enhance, preserve and protect the environment.
In 2016, the Marion City Council and Marion Park Board adopted a Marion Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide the next ten years for parks, recreation, and aquatic development.
With a goal to be the healthiest city in the state and a vision to be the best place in Iowa to raise a family, the City of Marion has made the commitment to smoke-free, nicotine-free and tobacco-free parks and trails. Smoking or the use of tobacco, nicotine products, and vaporizers will not be allowed in City parks or trails.
7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday
Operations and administrative offices are based at Thomas Park. Recreation and aquatic programming is based at Lowe Park.
Parks Administrative & Operations Offices:
343 Marion Boulevard | 319-447-3580
Mike Carolan, Parks & Recreation Director
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
4500 N Tenth Street | 319-447-3590
Karlene Hummel, Recreation & Aquatics Coordinator
Who Do You Call?
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Administrative & Operations Office―447-3580
☑ Cemetery or burial information
☑ Weed and snow complaints
☑ Trail questions or issues
☑ Park equipment and information
☑ Tree permits
☑ Right-of-way tree issues
☑ Adopt-A-Spot program
☑ Memorial tree program
☑ Facility rentals (pavilions, Safe Room)
Parks & Recreation Office―447-3590
☑ Recreation programs, leagues, events
☑ Swim lessons and pool information
☑ Facility rentals (A&E, pavilions, Safe Room, fields)
☑ Community garden plots
☑ Farmers’ Market at Taube Park
☑ Senior programs at Lowe Park
For your convenience, secure drop boxes are installed near the facility entrances at both Thomas and Lowe Park for anyone wanting to drop off registration forms with payment after hours.
Our 2019 Guide to All Things Parks and Recreation is here! This handy resource contains information on recreation programs, parks, facility rentals, cemetery operations, Marion Arts Council, staff contact information, and much more.
As of June 27, 2018 we have a new text alert notification system. Please sign up today.
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There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the latest parks and recreation news, programs, events & more
1. City Website―www.cityofmarion.org
2. Facebook―Marion Parks and Recreation Department
3. Monthly E-newsletters―Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 447-3590 to be added to the distribution list and receive our monthly e-newsletter.
4. Phone―Call us at Lowe Park, 447-3590 or Call us at Thomas Park, 447-3580
5. Visit Us―At Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th Street or At Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard