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All-Inclusive Playground - Help Make it Happen

The City of Marion is excited to offer a playground unique to Marion which offers a child or adult who may be unable to access swings, jungle gyms and other playground equipment at typical playgrounds the freedom to participate fully in outdoor fun.

While construction of the all-inclusive playground is already underway, funding is needed to assure the scope of the project is not diminished, that completion date by the contractor is possible and that attention is given to other Marion parks so they will remain welcoming and functional recreational space throughout the community.

 The Marion Parks Foundation invites you to join them in financially supporting community parks and particularly, the Lowe Park Make It Happen campaign. Learn more by watching the video below:


 If you're interested in helping Make It Happen, donations can be made at

 Irish Dr Construction Playground option 1

Irish Dr Construction Pavilion

 Irish Dr Construction  Restroom

Playground Concept    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


Skate Park at Butterfield Park: 

Spohn Ranch set the main ramp components earlier this fall.There is still quite a bit of ground work to be completed so please stay out of the construction zone. Watch for construction updates on our website. The skate park will officially open in the spring of 2019.


Lowe Park Development:

The first pieces of the all-inclusive playground, situated near the Irish Drive entrance to Lowe Park, have been installed. Construction on the playground area and restrooms will continue over the winter months. The new amenities are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2019. We ask that you stay out of the construction zone. It may be tempting to give the playground equipment a try, however, there is quite a bit of ground work and surfacing to be completed in the spring when the temperatures begin to warm up. 

Interested in supporting this project? The Marion Park & Recreation Foundation is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support this new playground. Learn more


Recent Park Construction

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.

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.



Marion's Park System

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.