Recreation Programs

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We work 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.

 Check2019 brochure cover out the 2019 Guide To All Things Parks and Recreation. This handy resource contains everything you need to know about programs, parks, pool, permits, facility rentals, and much more! Whether you are trying to find something for you or your children, we have something for the whole family. 


Did you know Marion is home to a disc golf course? The 19-hole course is located in Legion Park, which is adjacent to Thomas Park. Enjoy the secluded, natural setting with alternating open and wooded holes. The winding creek adds to the challenge. Here's a map of the holes.


As of June 27, 2018 we have a new text alert notification system.  Please sign up today.


To make sure you are receiving our messages, download the mobile app or enable the email notifications.  Verizon has begun to charge remind for any text alerts sent to their customers. 

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Many of our youth recreational programs and leagues utilize volunteer parents/adults to serve as coaches. These volunteer coaches are key to making many of our programs a success.  Without the generous spirit and time commitment by volunteers, these programs would not be possible.  Volunteer coaches are expected to be a positive role model for players, parents, and spectators. PeeWee BasketballThey teach and stress age-appropriate skills and fundamentals. They promote good sportsmanship and fairness at all times.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer coach, please indicate that on your child’s registration form or contact the Parks and Recreation office at 447-3590.  All volunteer coaches are required to pass a background check and complete a non-statutory volunteer coverage application prior to beginning coaching.


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.


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Marion Parks and Recreation 
Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center 
4500 N Tenth Street  |  319-447-3590 

Request to sign up for the Marion Parks & Recreation monthly e-newsletter by emailing Karlene, you to receive the latest information and timely registration reminders. 


 WAYS TO REGISTER: (Program specific registration forms can be found on the website under the recreation program pages)

1.  Print off registration form and mail in with payment.              
Lowe Park, 4500 N Tenth Street, Marion IA 52302 

2.  Print off form and drop off at our office, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. or place it in one of our secure drop boxes located at Thomas Park and Lowe Park at any time.

3.  *Online registration Marion-Cogran 

*Not all programs are available for online registration.
*Marion Boys Baseball and Peg Pierce Softball are programs you cannot register for online 


A special “Thank You” to ALL of our wonderful volunteers that help us throughout the year with all of our programs and events. Many of these programs and events would not be possible without your generous spirit and time commitments. We understand that every person’s time is valuable and we truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to help support Marion Parks and Recreation Department.


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