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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.

Effective, August 1, 2015 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. Enforcement to go into effect after the 2015 Swamp Fox Festival on Sept. 26.

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 Park Board with a $25 non-refundable application fee. No kegs or hard liquor are permitted

For park pavilion rentals, No kegs or hard liquor are permitted per city ordinance.

BANNER FEE: City Square Park

$50.00 up to 4 banners, each additional banner is $5.00. First 4 banners will be placed at the corners of City Square Park.  Please contact our Park Administrative Office at 447-3580 for information on getting your event banners placed.

General Regulations

•NO SMOKING at any of the ball fields, recreational activities and at City Square Park during special events.
•All Parks Close at 10pm by City Ordinance
•All pets MUST be kept on a leash in all park areas, including the walking trail and Oak Shade Cemetery.
•Pets are not allowed in pavilions or within 100 feet of food vendors, playground equipment, ball fields, or swimming pool.
•Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets.

•Pets are not allowed at large community functions.


Here’s the scoop?  Dogs and their owners are welcome in many of our parks—as long as the pets are on a leash at all times and owners clean up after their animals.  We can’t sidestep the issue of pet waste.  Out of courtesy to others using the parks, pet owners must take responsibility and help to keep our parks clean.  Please bring a bag with you when you enjoy the parks with your four legged friends.


All 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 Parks.

Trail Etiquette and Safety

Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any city trails.

Stay alert, walk/ride to the right side of the path and announce “Passing on your left,” when passing another user on the trail. 

 Snowmobiles are prohibited from all city parks and trails.