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.

Parks & Recreation Program Guide- Coming to a Mailbox Near You the first week of March

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.

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

We are finalizing our online registration program, hoping to go live by March 1.

Until we have RecDesk up and running we will have paper registrations available.  

(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.

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


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

Volunteer Coaches Needed

PeeWee Basketball

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. They 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.

Smoke-free Parks and Trails 

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.


Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center 2

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


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