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yoga at Lowe Park

Unplug and explore the great outdoors in Marion!

Sunrise Yoga

Rise with the sun and immerse yourself in nature when you attend Sunrise Yoga at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park (4500 N. 10th Street). Offered every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. during the months of June, July and August, this free programming is open to all ages and offered by certified instructors as part of the community’s focus on well-being. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle.

Farmers’ Markets

Marion is home to two markets. The Marion Farmers’ Market, coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department (319-447-3590) is held weekly in Taube Park the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in September. It is open Saturdays from 8–11:00 a.m.

The Uptown Marion Market is hosted by the Marion Chamber of Commerce (319-377-6316) and takes place in Marion’s City Square Park. It is held the second Saturday of the month in June, July and August from 8 a.m. – noon.

Dozens of Parks

Marion is proud to be home to over 600-acres of parks and trails, and each offers different amenities. You’ll find native prairie and a sculpture trail at Lowe Park, rolle bolle courts at Willow Park and outdoor fitness equipment at Hanna Park.

Pedal Marion

So many trails, which way to go? One idea is to start at Thomas Park and hop on the Boyson Trail. The Linn County Trails Association offers a great map and overview of area trails linncountytrails.org. What’s exciting is that more connections are being added all the time.

Golf

Whether you have a half day or a full day to spare, head over to Hunters Ridge Golf Course for some practice at the driving range or 18 holes of bentgrass golf. Call 319-377-3500 for tee times and availability. Indian Creek Country Club stands where the Linn County Fairgrounds once stood. It is a semi-private golf course located in Marion and non-members are invited to enjoy a game of golf during open course times. Simply call 319-377-4489 for availability. Gardner Golf Course is another close option, located at the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 100 just south of Marion. The relaxing location and rolling terrain with wide fairways and large gentle undulating greens make for an enjoyable “shot-making” experience. Call 319-286-5586 for availability.

Disc Golf

If you’re looking for another kind of golf, head on over to Legion Park for some disc golf. 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 look at the map.

Camping

Squaw Creek Park, located on the southeast side of Marion, just west of Hwy. 13 off Hwy. 100, offers a quiet reprieve from bustle of the metro area. This 700-acre park provides opportunities for picnicking, camping, winter activities, mountain biking, horseback riding and more. Squaw Creek Park offers 69 campsites with a modern, state-of-the-art restroom and shower facility. Campgrounds are usually open April 15 to October 15, ground conditions permitting. It is also home to an off leash dog park where dogs get to run free and socialize with their canine friends. Learn more about the park and its amenities when you search Linn County at www.mycountyparks.com.

Splash Pads

Marion offers guaranteed fun for the wee ones at the splash pads at Thomas Park and Gill Park. They are operational from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily in 2020.

Marion Pool

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Marion Pool is closed for the 2020 season. 

Nicotine-Free Parks

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 in City parks or on trails is not allowed.