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Boyson Trail— 2.4 miles, crushed limestone trail, follows Indian Creek.
Krumbholtz Trail— .75 mile, crushed limestone trail, Thomas Park to Highway 100.
Lindale Trail— 1 mile, crushed limestone trail, from Lindale Drive West to C Avenue.
Gill Park Trail— 1,500 feet, circular walking path.
Lowe Park Trail— 1.25 mile, paved trail from 10th street to Oak Ridge Middle School parking lot.
Lowe Park Art Trail— Paved path that winds its way through art sculptures and behind the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts.
Hanna Park Fitness Trail — Situated along Boyson Trail running through Hanna Park, this new section of the existing trail features outdoor exercise equipment for public use.
Marion Trail Etiquette
- By City Ordinance pets MUST be on a leash and owners are required to picked up after them if they make a mess
- Keep the trail clean and tidy
- Stay alert
- No horses allowed on our trails
- No motorized vehicles
Information for Cyclists
- Rules of the Road: http://bikeleague.org/content/rules-road-0
- Smart Cycling Videos: http://bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos
- Riding on Bike Boulevards:
Marion Master Trails Plan
Marion’s current Master Trails Plan was adopted in 2014 (Amended 2017) and provides an outline for future trails and on-street bikeways with an emphasis on connectivity to community destinations and enhancement of the regional trail network. The Plan focuses on existing conditions, best practices for design, a recommended trail network, plan implementation, and performance measures.
Grant Wood Trail Extension (Highway 13 to 35th Street)
The Grant Wood Trail Extension project is jointly funded by the Linn County Conservation Department, the City of Marion, and a Federal Surface Transportation Program grant, with additional funding from the Linn County Trails Association. The Grant Wood Trail extension will mostly utilize former railroad alignment to connect with the planned trails along the Central Corridor roadway project. The trail will be a 10-foot wide, hard surface trail extending through the existing underpass at Highway 13. Construction will begin no later than April 16, 2018. Linn County Conservation is also creating plans to extend the Grant Wood Trail, with granular base, approximately 3 miles east to Oxley Road.
Wetland Basin & Grant Wood Trail (35th Street to 31st Street)
This project will include the construction of a 10-foot wide trail from 35th Street to 31st Street along the former railroad right-of-way. This project will also include a wetland basin constructed on the south side of the trail. This project will be funded by the Capital Improvement Program and is anticipated to be constructed in 2018 with final plantings installed in 2019.
CeMar Trail and Bridges
The CeMar Trail is meant to connect Downtown Cedar Rapids with Uptown Marion. The portion of the CeMar Trail within City limits will utilize easements from private property owners, City parkland, and former railroad property. The two former railroad bridges (one over Indian Creek and the other over Marion Boulevard) will be reconstructed as part of the trail project. Funding for this project is provided by a Surface Transportation Program grant and local match provided by the City of Marion.Engineering design and environmental assessments will occur in 2017 and 2018 with construction occurring after meeting Iowa DOT standards.
Indian Creek Trail
The Indian Creek Trail will utilize greenspace areas along Indian Creek to connect the Boyson Trail (just north of 8th Avenue) to the future Tower Terrace Road sidepaths. Although the City owns the majority of the property needed to develop the trail, some partial property acquisitions may be needed. Funding for this project will be made available through a federal Surface Transportation Program grant and local match provided by the City of Marion. Funding will be available in 2018 which will allow for engineering design and environmental assessments to begin.
10th Avenue Sidepaths
The 10th Avenue sidepaths will be constructed on both sides of 10th Avenue (Business 151) from 35th Street to Eagleview Drive in Marion. The sidepaths will be 10-feet wide and constructed within the road right-of-way; therefore, acquisitions are not anticipated for this project. The project will be funded by a Surface Transportation Program grant and with the City of Marion providing a 20% local match. Funding for this project will be available in 2020, engineering design and construction will begin at that time.