Marion Awarded Trees Please! Grant:The City of Marion was recently awarded a grant through MidAmerican Energy’s Trees Please! program. Greg Wildebour (pictured at left) with MidAmerican Energy presented a $1,000 check to Tree Board Chair Scott Hansen at its monthly board meeting on March 7. Hansen indicated the funding would be used to replace trees previously removed in the city’s right-of-way areas. The trees will be planted in the spring and fall for optimal planting and survival.
Waldo’s Rock Park Development
The Marion Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) grant through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in the amount of $150,000 for the development of Waldo’s Rock Park. The park will be located adjacent to the 184-acre Marion Enterprise Center in Marion.
In June of 2015, local developer Waldo Morris donated 7.4 acres of land near Partners Avenue and 62nd Street to the City of Marion for use as a city park. The park, which features a glacial erratic boulder formation, will provide unique learning and recreational opportunities for all ages.
The development of this park will include construction of a park road,parking lot, a pavilion, fishing pond, a loop trail around the pond, and a trail head to Grant Wood trail system. Work is expected to begin in the spring of 2016 and be completed in the mid to late summer of 2017.
Demonstration Orchard at Lowe Park
The Lowe Park Orchard was planted by local volunteers and is cared for through a partnership between Trees Forever, Fruit TreeKeepers, Parks and Recreation Department, and the Linn County Master Gardeners. The orchard is planted just to the west of the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center near the greenhouse. As the trees and bushes mature, they will provide beauty as they bloom in the spring, and produce delicious and nutritious snacks for visitors to Lowe Park, as the fruit ripens. The orchard will be used for educational opportunities, such as pruning, pest management and harvesting. Watch for program and event information via this website.
South Entrance to Lowe Park
This new entrance into the park will provide park users with more amenities and accessibility to Lowe Park. The initial phase of the project includes construction of a road into the park with 2 additional parking lots. For construction updates regarding the initial phase please visit the project page. Possible future projects include the addition of a playground area, pavilion and restroom, trail development, and enhanced landscaping into the park. Construction of the project is expected to be completed in 2017.
Smoke-Free, Nicotine-Free and Tobacco-Free Parks & 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.
The Parks Department maintains over 600 acres of public ground, including:
Legion Park Disc Golf Course
- 81 pieces of Playground equipment
- 9 pavilions and 8 restrooms
- 20 ball diamonds
- 1 swimming pool
- 2 splash pads
- 35th Street Round About flower beds
- The 6th Ave Central Corridor plantings and pedestrian areas
- Over 6.5 miles of city owned sidewalks and over 8 miles of urban trails
- The Oak Shade Cemetery is also maintained by the department.
- The Department is also responsible for the maintenance of 26 parking lots.
Park Rules & Regulations
Alcohol Permits & Policies
Alcohol permits are required for Lowe Park and Thomas Park Safe Room facility rentals if you intend to serve alcohol at your function. Requests are reviewed by the Marion Parks and Recreation Director with a $25 non-refundable application fee. No kegs or hard liquor are permitted at these facilities. For park pavilion rentals, no kegs or hard liquor are permitted per city ordinance. No alcohol is allowed at high school graduation parties.
- NO SMOKING
- Snowmobiles are prohibited from all city park grounds, including all city trails
- All parks will close at 10:00 p.m. according to city ordinance.
- Pets shall be kept on a leash in all park areas, including all walking trails and Oak Shade Cemetery.
- Pets are not allowed in pavilions or within 100 feet of food vendors, playgrounds, ball fields, or swimming pools.
- Pet owners are required to clean up after their pet.
- Pets are not allowed at large community functions such as the events held at City Square or Lowe Park.
Trail Etiquette and Safety
- Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any city trails at anytime.
- Stay alert, walk/ride to the right side of the path and announce “Passing on your left” when passing another user on the trail.