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TALL GRASS/WEED ORDINANCE

Please keep your yards mowed.  It is a violation of the City Code to have any plants, grass or weeds growing uncultivated and out of control with a height of 8 inches or more.  Five days is allowed following a mailed notice to eliminate the violations.  Otherwise the city will mow it and assess cost against the property for collection in the same manner as property tax.  An administrative fee of $25 will also be added.

SNOW REMOVAL ORDINANCE

Please keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice.  You have 12 hours after it has stopped snowing to get your sidewalks clean.  If you are found in violation you have 24 hours to get it cleaned up or the city will do it for you at a cost of at least of $35.00 per hour plus a $25 administrative fee.

SMOKE-FREE, NICOTINE-FREE AND TOBACCO-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.

Effective, August 1, 2015 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 Park Board with a $25 non-refundable application fee. No kegs or hard liquor are permitted.

For park pavilion rentals, kegs or hard liquor are not permitted per city ordinance.

PARK RULES

  • Marion is committed to smoke-free, nicotine-free and tobacco-free parks and trails. This includes ball fields, recreation activities and special events.
  • All parks close at 10 p.m. by City Ordinance
  • All pets MUST be kept on a leash in all park areas, including the walking trail and Oak Shade Cemetery.
  • Pets are not allowed in pavilions or within 100 feet of food vendors, playground equipment, ball fields or the swimming pool.
  • Pet owners are required to clean up after their pets.
  • Pets are not allowed at large community functions such as City Square or Lowe Parks.

PETS

Here’s the scoop... Dogs and their owners are welcome in many of our parks—as long as the pets are on a leash at all times and owners clean up after their animals. We can’t sidestep the issue of pet waste. Out of courtesy to others using the parks, pet owners must take responsibility and help to keep our parks clean.  Please bring a bag with you when you enjoy the parks with your four legged friends.

TRAIL ETIQUETTE AND SAFETY

  • Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any city trails.
  • Stay alert, walk/ride to the right side of the path and announce “Passing on your left,” when passing another user on the trail. 
  • Snowmobiles are prohibited from all city parks and trails.