The Parks & Recreation Department maintains over 600 acres of public ground, including:
- 81 pieces of Playground equipment
- 9 pavilions and 8 restrooms
- 20 ball diamonds
- 1 swimming pool
- 2 splash pads
- 35th Street roundabout flower beds
- 6th Ave Central Corridor plantings and pedestrian areas
- Over 6.5 miles of city owned sidewalks and over 8 miles of urban trails
- 26 parking lots
- and Oak Shade Cemetery
Park Rules & Regulations
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.
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.