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Lowe Park South Entrance Construction---Construction will begin in early spring 2018. We will narrow down the playground vendor towards the end of January. 

           Irish Dr Construction Playground option 1  

               All inclusive playground  

Irish Dr Construction Pavilion               Irish Dr Construction  Restroom

Pavilion Design                          Restroom Facility Design

Irish Dr Construction 2   Over view        Irish Dr Construction 1  Bird's Eye View

          View of proposed layout                                     Bird's eye view of proposed layout

Waldo's Rock Park―Completed in late 2017, Waldo's Rock Park is Marion's newest addition to the parks roster. Complete with a fishing pond with fishing pier, a 1/4 mile walking trail around the pond, pavilion with picnic tables, connection to the Grant Wood Trail, and the large glacial boulder formation for which the park gets its name.

Marion Tennis Courts―This was a joint project with Marion High School supported by both the City and school district. The project features five courts, three of them being lit and two of them lined for pickleball play. The new courts will be open to the public when not in use by the school.

South Entrance to Lowe Park―Development continues on the south entrance into Lowe Park from Irish Drive. Construction will begin in 2018 with addition of a pavilion, restroom facility, and an all-inclusive playground near the newly installed parking lot.

Art Trail Sculptures―The Sculpture Trail at Lowe Park received two significant additions during the fall of 2017. "Disappearing Culture" features a life-sized buffalo and four human figures made of round rock steel, salvaged railroad spikes, and reinforced copper. The piece represents the diminishing native culture of the region. "Prairie Revival," standing 17 feet tall, cannot be missed as you enter the park from 10th Street. The sculpture embodies the cycle and character of the prairie and is made entirely of steel, painted, and coated with a finish to protect from the Iowa elements.


The Parks & Recreation Department maintains over 600 acres of public ground, including:

21 parksWillow Park Playground
29 green spaces
3 Baseball/Softball complexes with concession stands   
Legion Park Disc Golf Course



  • 81 pieces of Playground equipment Lininger Park Baseball Field
  • 9 pavilions and 8 restrooms 
  • 20 ball diamonds
  • 1 swimming pool
  • 3 splash pads
  • 35th Street roundabout flower beds
  • 6th Ave Central Corridor plantings and pedestrian areas
  • Over 6.5 miles of city owned sidewalks and over 8 miles of urban trails    
  • 26 parking lots
  • Oak Shade Cemetery


Park Rules & Regulations

Smoke-Free, Nicotine-Free and Tobacco-Free Parks & Trails
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. Violators will be subject to a $50 fine. 

Alcohol Permits & Policies
Alcohol permits are required for Lowe Park and Thomas Park Safe Room facility rentals if you intend to serve alcohol at your function. Requests are reviewed by the Marion Parks and Recreation Director with a $25 non-refundable application fee. No kegs or hard liquor are permitted at these facilities. For park pavilion rentals, no kegs or hard liquor are permitted per city ordinance. No alcohol is allowed at high school graduation parties.

General Regulations

  • Snowmobiles are prohibited from all city park grounds, including all city trails
  • All parks will close at 10:00 p.m. according to city ordinance. 

Pet Policy

  • Pets shall be kept on a leash in all park areas, including all walking trails and Oak Shade Cemetery.
  • Pets are not allowed in pavilions or within 100 feet of food  vendors, playgrounds, ball fields, or swimming pools.
  • Pet owners are required  to clean up after their pet.
  • Pets are not allowed at large community functions such as the events held at City Square or Lowe Park.

Trail Etiquette and Safety

  • Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any city trails at anytime.
  • Stay alert, walk/ride to the right side of the path and announce “Passing on your left” when passing another user on the trail.