Parks & Recreation Program Guide- Coming to a Mailbox Near You in February

2020 will bring changes to the way you receive information from our department.  We are no longer printing an annual brochure and mailing it to past program participants.  We are excited to announce that we will publish two inserts within the Marion Messenger.  A Spring/Summer insert will appear in the February issue, while our Fall/Winter information will appear in the September issue of the Messenger.  With this change, we save on printing and postage costs while expanding our distribution to reach every household in Marion.  Non-Marion residents however will be mailed our first Spring/Summer issue, after that all information for anyone out of the Marion zip code will appear on our website and within our new recreation software.


The Marion Parks and Recreation Department works 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.

Our vision is that every person enjoys unlimited access to high quality recreational programs and parks that enhance, preserve and protect the environment.

In 2016, the Marion City Council and Marion Park Board adopted a Marion Parks and Recreation Master Plan to guide the next ten years for parks, recreation, and aquatic development. 

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.


Marion Parks Employees-2018


7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

Operations and administrative offices are based at Thomas Park. Recreation and aquatic programming is based at Lowe Park.



Thomas Park Adminstrative and Operations Building






Parks Administrative & Operations Offices:                          
Thomas Park                                                  
343 Marion Boulevard  |  319-447-3580          
Mike Carolan, Parks & Recreation Director
Email Mike

Arts & Environment Building




Recreation  Offices:

Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
4500 N Tenth Street  |  319-447-3590
Karlene Hummel, Recreation & Aquatics Coordinator
Email Karlene

Who Do You Call?

To better serve your needs, please review the topics and which office to contact...

Administrative & Operations Office―447-3580

☑ Cemetery or burial information
☑ Weed and snow complaints
☑ Trail questions or issues
☑ Park equipment and information
☑ Tree permits
☑ Right-of-way tree issues
☑ Adopt-A-Spot program
☑ Memorial tree program
☑ Facility rentals (pavilions, Safe Room)

Parks & Recreation Office―447-3590

☑ Recreation programs, leagues, events
☑ Swim lessons and pool information
☑ Facility rentals (A&E, pavilions, Safe Room, fields)
☑ Community garden plots
☑ Farmers’ Market at Taube Park
☑ Senior programs at Lowe Park

Legion Park Disc Golf Course

For your convenience, secure drop boxes are installed near the facility entrances at both Thomas and Lowe Park for anyone wanting to drop off registration forms with payment after hours. 

Financial Assistance  


Our 2019 Guide to All Things Parks and Recreation  is here! This handy resource contains information on recreation 2019 brochure coverprograms, parks, facility rentals, cemetery operations, Marion Arts Council, staff contact information, and much more.


Please watch for updates on Facebook, the city website, and email correspondence from program supervisor.  


There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the latest parks and recreation news, programs, events & more

1. City Website―

2. Facebook―Marion Parks and Recreation Department

3. Monthly E-newsletters―Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 447-3590 to be added to the distribution list and receive our monthly e-newsletter.

4. Phone―Call us at Lowe Park, 447-3590 or Call us at Thomas Park, 447-3580

5. Visit Us―At Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th Street or At Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard


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