Lowe Park Development:
All Inclusive Playground
Ribbon Cutting set to Celebrate Completion of Inclusive Playground at Lowe Park
Post Date:08/22/2019 11:41 AM
The City of Marion will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion and official opening of the community’s first inclusive playground. Located at the south entrance to Lowe Park, 4401 Irish Dr., the playground is designed for children and families of all abilities and ages to enjoy.
In addition, a new restroom facility and pavilion were constructed to complement the structure.
The playground project was among the top priorities outlined in the Lowe Park Master Plan. The City partnered with MSA Professional Services and Tricon General Construction to facilitate design and construction.
The project was funded by local option sales tax (LOST) and a Marion Park and Recreation Foundation capital campaign which raised over $75,000.
Construction is expected to begin in 2019 on the new Marion YMCA. This project, stems from the original Imagine8 process of nearly ten years ago. The Marion Parks and Recreation staff have been working behind the scenes with YMCA staff to develop a community programming plan for the facility giving people of all ages better access to recreation facilities and quality programs. With a goal to complete construction in late 2019/early 2020, this new state-of-the-art facility will be a crown jewel in the community. The facility will be located at the corner of Irish Drive and Tower Terrace Road.
Skate Park at Butterfield Park:
In May 2019, the City of Marion celebrated the completion and opening of the city's first skate park at Butterfield Park. Located within Butterfield Park, 3500 29th Ave., the skate park features a variety of ramps, rails and other elements suitable for people from beginners to more experienced skaters.
In 2016, the Parks and Recreation Department developed a Master Plan with input from a steering committee and the public. The skate park was one of the goals defined to expand and improve the City’s park facilities.
Spohn Ranch Inc., an award winning skate park designer and builder from California, was selected to develop the concrete skate park at Butterfield Park.
The project was funded by local option sales tax (LOST).