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.
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 https://www.gofundme.com/loweparkplayground.
|Playground Concept||Pavilion Design||Restroom Facility Design|
| View of proposed layout
||Bird's eye view of proposed layout|
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).
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