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Published by City of Marion, 2018-02-02 09:33:23

2018 Parks & Recreation Activities Brochure

Your guide to all things Marion Parks & Recreation. - Marion, Iowa - http://www.cityofmarion.org/departments/parks-recreation

PARKS201A8 GNUIDDE TRO AELCL TRHINEGAS TION

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Recreation
Programs

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Pool & Swim
Lesson Info

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Marion Arts
Council

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Master
Gardeners

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Facility
Rentals

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Parks Info

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Registration
Forms


•Recreation Office 447–3590

Staff and Boards Working to enrich Marion and the lives of our Stay Connected
residents and surrounding communities by providing
There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the latest
a wide-range of recreational and educational parks and recreation news, programs, events & more
opportunities for people of all ages that encourage 1. City Website―www.cityofmarion.org
2. Facebook―Marion Parks and Recreation Department
healthy, active lifestyles and life-long learning. 3. Monthly E-newsletters―Contact the Parks and
Recreation office at 447-3590 to be added to the distribution
list and receive our monthly e-newsletter.
4. Phone―Call us at Lowe Park, 447-3590 or
Call us at Thomas Park, 447-3580
5. Visit Us―At Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th Street or
At Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard

Staff Directory Who Do You Call?

Administrative & Operations Office: To better serve your needs, please review
the topics and which office to contact...
Thomas Park Administrative & Operations Office―447-3580
343 Marion Boulevard, Marion, IA 52302 ☑ Cemetery or burial information
319-447-3580 ☑ Weed and snow complaints
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. ☑ Trail questions or issues
☑ Park equipment and information
Mike Carolan Director of Parks & Recreation ☑ Tree permits
Aaron VanMilligan Parks Supervisor ☑ Right-of-way tree issues
Ed Chalstrom Parks Supervisor ☑ Adopt-A-Spot program
Darcie Coberly Administrative Assistant ☑ Memorial tree program
Mike Biechler Parks Operations ☑ Facility rentals (pavilions, Safe Room)
Broc Dobling Parks Operations
Eric Mathis Parks Operations Parks & Recreation Office―447-3590
Matt Nissen Parks Operations ☑ Recreation programs, leagues, events
Scott Sagers Parks Operations ☑ Swim lessons and pool information
Josh Storla Parks Operations ☑ Facility rentals (A&E, pavilions, Safe Room, fields)
Craig Zachman Parks Operations ☑ Community garden plots
Mike Cimprich Urban Forestry ☑ Farmers’ Market at Taube Park
Ryan Hays Urban Forestry ☑ Senior programs at Lowe Park

Recreation Office: Marion Park Board

Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center The Park Board meets at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday
4500 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302 of each month at the Parks Administrative and Operations
319-447-3590 office in Thomas Park. All meetings are open and the public
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. is welcome to attend.
If you have an item that you would like to have discussed
Karlene Hummel Recreation & Aquatics Coordinator by the Marion Park Board, please contact the Marion Parks
Tony Ireland Recreation Supervisor and Recreation Department in advance at 447-3580.
Mary Ann Bries Administrative Assistant
Marion Tree Board
Marion Municipal Swimming Pool:
The Tree Board meets at 7 a.m. on the second Wednesday
Willlowood Park of each month at the Thomas Park Safe Room. All meetings
1855 35th Street, Marion, IA 52302 are open and the public is welcome to attend.
319-377-1654 (During Pool Months Only) If you have an item that you would like to have discussed
Pool Open: May 28–September 3 by the Marion Tree Board, please contact the Marion Parks
and Recreation Department in advance at 447-3580.
Weekends only from August 18–Labor Day

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W a y s T o R e g is t e r Table of Contents

There are a variety of convenient ways for you to Staff & Board Directory Page 1
register for many of our recreation programs.
Find a way that best suits your need below... Opportunities Page 3

1. In Person—Stop by the Parks and Recreation office at Recre ation Rules & Policies Page 4
Lowe Park (4500 N 10th Street) or Thomas Park (343 Marion
Boulevard) to register for any of our programs. Registrations in Youth Sports Pages 5–11
person are only accepted during regular office hours, Monday–
Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Youth Progr ams & Events Pages 12–15 Stay Connected
2. Via Mail—Fill out a registration form and mail it prior to
the registration deadline with payment to Marion Parks and Adult & High School Progr ams Pages 16–17
Recreation, 4500 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
3. Online—Visit our website at www.cityofmarion.org to Family Progr ams & Events Pages 18–20
register for recreation programs online. (new online registration
software coming soon!) Senior Progr ams Page 21
4. Drop Box—Can’t make it to our office during office hours?
No problem, we have secure drop boxes located at both Lowe Aquatics & Swim Lessons Pages 22–24
Park and Thomas Park. Simply fill out your registration form
and submit it with payment in a sealed envelope anytime, 24/7. Marion Arts Council Page 25

For security purposes, we cannot accept any Linn Count y Ma ster Gardeners Page 26
payment/registrations over the phone
Facilit y Rental s Pages 27–28
Discount Admission Tickets
Parks, Tr ail s & Cemetery Pages 29–32
The Marion Parks & Recreation Department offers a
variety of discounted admission tickets to some of the Other Progr ams Page 33

area’s hottest attractions and vacation spots! Registr ation Forms Page 34
Tickets available for purchase starting in May at Lowe Park
Arts and Environment Center and Thomas Park. Please call What's New In 2018?

447-3590 for ticket availability and pricing. Waldo's Rock Park―Completed in late 2017, Waldo's Rock
Tickets must be purchased Park is Marion's newest addition to the parks roster. Complete
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. with a fishing pond with fishing pier, a 1/4 mile walking trail
around the pond, pavilion with picnic tables, connection to the
We no longer offer discount Adventureland Grant Wood Trail, and the large glacial boulder formation for
tickets as they have opted out of the program which the park gets its name.
Marion Tennis Courts―This was a joint project with
Marion High School supported by both the City and school
district. The project features five courts, three of them being lit
and two of them lined for pickleball play. The new courts will be
open to the public when not in use by the school.
South Entrance to Lowe Park―Development
continues on the south entrance into Lowe Park from Irish Drive.
Construction will begin in 2018 with addition of a pavilion,
restroom facility, and an all-inclusive
playground near the newly installed
parking lot.
Art Trail Sculptures―The
Sculpture Trail at Lowe Park received
two significant additions during
the fall of 2017. "Disappearing
Culture" features a life-sized buffalo
and four human figures made of
round rock steel, salvaged railroad
spikes, and reinforced copper. The
piece represents the diminishing
native culture of the region. "Prairie
Revival," standing 17 feet tall, cannot
be missed as you enter the park from
10th Street. The sculpture embodies
the cycle and character of the prairie
and is made entirely of steel, painted,
and coated with a finish to protect
from the Iowa elements.

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Opportunities Let’s Be Friends... Employment Opportunities

Looking for ways to get involved with Marion Parks and The Marion Parks and Recreation Department is a great place to
Recreation? The Friends of the Marion Parks and Friends work as a part-time or seasonal employee! Stop by our office to
of Oak Shade Cemetery are always looking for new people apply for a position below.
to join their group and for volunteers for various Parks and • Recreation Assistant
Recreation Department projects. • Concessions Attendant
• Building Supervisor (Lowe Park)
Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery • Seasonal Parks Maintenance
• Pool Manager
Oak Shade Cemetery is a great place for walking and • Lifeguard
meditating. The Friends of Oak Shade Cemetery group is • Swim Lesson Instructor
meeting on a regular basis. Future projects for the group • Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
include assisting the parks staff with seasonal clean up, • Pool Cashier
maintaining the perennial flower beds, headstone repairs, Seasonal lifeguards and swim lesson instructors are needed
researching genealogy, and cemetery history. If you are for the Marion Municipal Swimming Pool during the summer
interested in more information or joining the group, please months. Applications for pool positions are due by February 16.
contact Jay Kacena at 377-7709. Volunteer opportunities are
available. Follow us on Facebook at "Friends of Oak Shade
Cemetery".

Friends of the Marion Parks Volunteer Coaches Needed!

Organized in 2002, Friends of the Marion Parks, a non- Many of our youth recreational programs and leagues utilize
profit organization, has supported the department volunteer parents/adults to serve as coaches. These volunteer
through purchasing equipment, providing volunteers, and coaches are key to making many of our programs a success.
coordinating park staff recognition. Volunteers help plant, Without the generous spirit and time commitment by
water and weed flower beds and assist with other events. volunteers, these programs would not be possible.
The Board of the Friends of the Marion Parks meets the Volunteer coaches are expected to be a positive role model
second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. from March to for players, parents, and spectators. They teach and stress
October. Since all projects are supported by memberships and age-appropriate skills and
donations, a membership drive occurs in early September. fundamentals. They promote
New and renewal memberships are welcomed anytime good sportsmanship and
throughout the year. Individual memberships are $10, family fairness at all times.
memberships are $15, and lifelong memberships are $175. If you are interested in
Memorials are also greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible becoming a volunteer
as are all memberships and donations. coach, please indicate that
If you have ideas for projects, are interested in volunteering on your child’s registration
or would like to serve on the board, please contact Volunteer form or contact the Parks
Coordinator Marjorie Jensen at 377-5516. 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.

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Good Sportsmanship Required! Cancellations & Make-Ups Recreation Policies

All participants in Marion Parks and Recreation programs, including Cancellations are posted on www.cityofmarion.org and can also be
players, parents, spectators, coaches and officials, will treat each other found on the Marion Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook
with courtesy and respect at all times, no exceptions! With Marion page. You can also elect to sign up for our "text notifications" using your
Parks and Recreation, good sportsmanship is not only expected, it is cellular phone (see instructions below). If school is canceled due to
REQUIRED! inclement weather, ALL Parks and Recreation activities will be canceled
as well. If school is canceled or dismissed early on a Friday, then ALL
Register Early! Friday AND Saturday recreation activities are canceled. Summer
activities will be canceled in the event of a heat warning being issued.
Nothing hurts a program more than missed deadlines. Please register Every effort will be made to reschedule any missed programs. However,
early to ensure we have adequate numbers to hold our programs, due to facility and staff availability, we cannot guarantee the make-ups
allowing you and your child the opportunity to participate in the will be at the same time, day, or location.
desired activity. Registering before the deadline also helps ensure that
we have enough time to order any necessary equipment or supplies for Text Notifications
the program. We cannot guarantee there will be any openings after the
deadline has passed. Once a program is full, participants may choose to Easy as 1, 2, 3...
be placed on a waiting list.

Fees & Refunds 1. From your cellular device, start a new next message and
type the number "40404" as the recipient.
All fees are due at the time of
your registration. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, 2. Type the following exactly as it looks into the body of the
Discover) are accepted. Checks should be made out to Marion Parks and text: "Follow @MarionIAParkRec"
Recreation. A non-refundable late fee of $10 per individual registration There must be a space after the word "follow."
will be added after the registration deadline has passed. Refunds will
be given for withdrawals from an activity prior to the start of the event, 3. Hit send.
less a $10 administrative fee. There are no refunds after a program has You should receive a confirmation text back to your device shortly
started and fees will not be prorated if you chose to register for a program after confirming that you are now following @MarionIAParkRec and
late. Refund checks will be mailed and can take up to three weeks to will receive any tweets from this account.
process. There is a $25 fee for returned checks. You DO NOT need to have a Twitter account to utilize this service.
It will operate as a standard text message, so standard text messaging
Financial Assistance and data rates may apply.
Please keep in mind this is intended to be used for weather and
We want to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate program related announcements as well as emergency notices only.
in any of our programs. To be eligible for assistance, you must be a At this time, we do not have the ability to isolate by activities, so if
Marion resident. Financial assistance forms are available at either you sign up you will receive all "tweets" that the department sends
Thomas Park or Lowe Park offices and require you to provide proof via text message to your device.
of income as well as any additional assistance. If approved, you will be
required to pay a 25% co-payment of the recreation program cost and a
50% co-payment for a swimming pool pass and pool programs.

ATTENTION! Active Participants Confirmation

Participants in any Marion Parks and Recreation program assume We do NOT send confirmation notices of registrations. Please assume
responsibility for any risk, implicit or direct, by participation in said your class/program will be held at the time and place indicated unless
activity or facility. Many programs involve body contact, substantial you are notified otherwise. We will be happy to send you a confirmation
physical exertion, emotional stress, and/or use of equipment, which if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your registration.
represents a certain inherent risk to users. It is recommended you check
with your physician prior to participating. Correspondence

Insurance We communicate primarily through email. It is beneficial for you
to provide us with a valid email address, so we can communicate
The City of Marion’s Parks and Recreation Department does not provide effectively with you regarding various program offerings. If you do not
individual accident liability insurance. have an email address, you can request to have your information mailed
to you. We do send out a monthly e-newsletter that is emailed directly
Team Assignment Policy to you the first week of each month. These newsletters have registration
deadline reminders, upcoming programs, park news, and much more.
To assign teams fairly and randomly, volunteer coaches may pick one If you would like to be placed on this list, please contact the Parks
assistant. If a program needs more than two coaches per team, Marion and Recreation Department at 447-3590 or email Karlene Hummel at
Parks and Recreation will assign the additional assistants from names of khummel@cityofmarion.org.
volunteers appearing on the registration forms. You will be notified of
your team assignment by your assigned coach or emailed the information Photo Policy
directly from the Parks and Recreation Department. Children will be
randomly assigned to teams. Children living in the same household will Photos are occasionally taken of participants in our programs, classes,
be placed on the same team if they are in the same division. No special or activities and of people enjoying our parks. Please be aware that
team or carpooling requests, please! these photos may be used in future programs, brochures, websites,
fliers or news releases. Parents are welcome to share photos of their
child participating in any of our recreational programs or activities at
their own discretion. Photos may be used in various Marion Parks and
Recreation publications and marketing materials.

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Youth Sports •Recreation Office 447–3590

Tiny Goal Kickers Soccer

CHILDREN AGES 4–6

An instructional league designed to develop and introduce basic
soccer skills, rules, and other concepts. Players are randomly
assigned to teams in this non-competitive, 7-week CO-ED league.
The first 2 nights are treated as group practices and the remaining
5 nights will be games played in a 3v3 or 4v4 format on a small,
scaled-down soccer field. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
Fee: $33, includes team shirt
Days/Dates: 4 Year Olds: Tuesdays, April 3–May 15
5/6 Year Olds: Thursdays, April 5–May 17
Time(s): 5:30–6:15 p.m. OR 6:30–7:15 p.m. (select one)
Location: Butterfield Park
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018

Kick Star Soccer Boys PeeWee Baseball

CHILDREN AGE 3 BOYS AGE 5-8* (BY JUNE 1, 2018)

This 4-week program introduces players to the basics of organized This program is an instructional league which focuses on the
soccer in a fun, non-competitive environment. A variety of soccer development of baseball skills such as hitting, throwing, fielding and
skills are introduced using drills, games, and activities. These learning the rules of baseball. Players have the option of hitting off the
fundamentals include: kicking, dribbling, passing, tapping, throw- tee or having a coach pitch to them. Teams will practice 1-2 times a week.
ins, running, and agility. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
5 Year Old League―Players hit off a tee or have a coach pitch
Fee: $33, includes team shirt (select one) 6-8* Year Old League―Coaches will pitch to the players.
Days/Dates: Mondays, April 9–30 *8 year olds may choose between the PeeWee League (coach-pitch)
Time(s): 5:30–6 p.m. OR 6:15–6:45 p.m. and the Marion Boys Baseball’s Pony League (player pitch).
Location: Butterfield Park Fee: $33, includes team shirt
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018 Days/Dates: Practices: Begin the week of May 21 (Mon–Fri)
Games: Mondays and/or Wednesdays beginning June 11
Happy Feet Soccer Camp Time(s): Practices: Times vary by team

CHILDREN AGE 3 & 4 Games: 5:30 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.
Location: Practice and game locations vary by division
This fun summer soccer camp will allow your kids to socialize Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018
and interact with other little ones in a fun, non-competitive
environment. Kids will learn the very basics of soccer through Girls PeeWee Softball
a variety of games and activities. Emphasis will be placed on
developing the fundamentals of: kicking, dribbling, passing, tapping, GIRLS GRADES K–2ND (FALL 2018/19)
running, and agility.
Players are introduced to the basic rules and skills of softball. Players
Fee: $33, includes camp shirt (select one) will work on understanding the fundamentals and developing skills such
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, July 10–31 as hitting, throwing and fielding. Teams will practice 1-2 times a week.
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
Location: Butterfield Park Kindergarten League―Players hit off a tee or have a coach pitch
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2018 1st/2nd Grade League―Coaches will pitch to the players.
Fee: $33, includes team shirt
Days/Dates: Practices: Begin the week of May 21(Mon–Fri)

Games: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays beginning June 12
Time(s): Practices: Times vary by team

Games: 5:30 p.m. OR 6:30 p.m.
Location: Practice and game locations vary by division
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018

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Marion Girls Softball-Peg Pierce Marion Boys Baseball Youth Sports

GIRLS GRADES 3RD–9TH (FALL 2018/19) CHILDREN AGES 8—18* (BY APRIL 1, 2018)

Recreational softball league with an Pony League—8* & 9 year olds
emphasis on developing skills and learning Minor League—10, 11, 12 year olds
basic fundamentals of softball. Teams Major League—13, 14, 15 year olds
are divided into divisions based on their Senior League—16, 17, 18 year olds
grade (2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, 6th-8th). Games *8 year olds may choose between the PeeWee League (coach-pitch) and
played at Peg Pierce Softball Complex. the Marion Boys Baseball’s Pony League (player pitch).
VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! Games played at Starry Park baseball complex or Lowe Park baseball
Please visit―www.mariongirlssoftball.org complex. Practices will begin mid-April with games beginning May 5.
Find us on Facebook―Peg Pierce Marion Girls Softball VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!

Three ways to register for this league: Please visit―www.marionbaseball.org

1. On-Site Registration: Find us on Facebook―Marion Boys Baseball
Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Saturdays, February 3 and 10, 9 a.m.–noon Follow us on Twitter―@MarionBoysBaseball

2. Marion Parks and Recreation Office: Three ways to register for this league:
4500 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. 1. On-Site Registration:
3. Website/Mail―www.mariongirlssoftball.org Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Print registration form from website and mail form and payment to: Saturdays, February 3 and 10, 9 a.m.–noon
Marion Parks and Recreation Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m.–noon
4500 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302

Fee: $15, includes team shirt
$25 after the March 1 registration deadline
Make checks payable to Marion Girls Softball

Register Deadline: March 1, 2018

Little Sluggers Blastball 2. Marion Parks and Recreation Office:
4500 N 10th Street, Marion, IA 52302
CHILDREN AGES 3 & 4 Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.
3. Website/Mail―www.marionbaseball.org
Blastball is a fast-paced game that teaches the very basic skills involved Register online using a credit/debit card or print a registration form
with t-ball. Players work on throwing, hitting, fielding, teamwork and from the website and mail form with payment to:
sportsmanship. This program does NOT have practices. 3 year olds and Marion Boys Baseball—P.O. Box 1060, Marion, IA 52302
4 year olds are two separate divisions and will play on separate teams.
VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED! Fee(s): $50 per player, January 1–31, 2018
$55 per player, February 1–28, 2018
Fee: $33, includes team shirt $60 per player, March 1–31, 2018
Days/Dates: Thursdays, June 7–July 12 Registrations after April 1st should contact Marion Boys
Time(s): NEW! 10–10:45 a.m. Baseball for openings and registration
5:40–6:25 p.m. AND 6:35–7:20 p.m. (select am or pm) Make checks payable to Marion Boys Baseball

(pm game times may rotate weekly)
Location: Lowe Park
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018

Indoor Blastball Camp (2019)

CHILDREN AGE 3

Blastball helps prepare players for organized baseball/softball in a fun,
non-competitive environment. Children will be introduced to the
fundamentals of throwing, hitting, and fielding while fostering the
values of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Limited number of spots
available. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
Fee: $33, includes child’s team shirt
Days/Dates: Saturdays, February 2–March 2 (2019)
Time(s): Times may vary on Saturday mornings
Location: Bowman Woods Elementary
Registration Deadline: December 14, 2018

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Youth Sports NEW! Youth Flag Rugby Camp League Lil' Chippers Golf

CHILDREN GRADES K–8TH (FALL 2018/19) CHILDREN AGES 6–10

Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in Hit the links and learn to play golf using the S.N.A.G. (Starting New At
America. Join the Cedar Rapids Rugby Club Golf) golf system. Oversized clubs, balls, and large velcro targets make
for this new rugby instructional league. Learn this a fun and easy way to introduce golf and for everyone to learn the
all the skills, fundamentals, and terminology game and techniques in a unique atmosphere. Morning and evening
to begin playing rugby. This is a NON- classes are available. Limited number of spots available.
CONTACT style instructional league. Kids will Fee: $25
be divided into separate teams based on their Days/Dates: Tuesdays, June 5–26
grade. The first part of each night will be team Time(s): 10:45–11:30 a.m.
practices with drills and skill building activities
to enhance the understanding of the game. The last portion of the 6:15–7 p.m. (select one)
evening will be modified flag rugby games (non-contact). 7:15–8 p.m.
Fee: $55, includes team shirt and your own rugby ball Location: Lowe Park
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, June 6–July 18 (no program July 4) Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018
Time(s): 5:30–7 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park NEW! Learn-To-Play Pickleball
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018
CHILDREN AGES 8–14
Little Sports Camp
A paddle sport for all ages and athletic ability...Pickleball is like over-
CHILDREN AGES 3–5 sized ping-pong played on a badminton sized court with a tennis
net. With simple and easy to follow rules it is the perfect game for all
Increase your child’s coordination and motor skills while sparking his/ ages to learn and play. Led by USAPA Ambassador and Iowa singles/
her interest in sports in a comfortable social atmosphere! Activities doubles champion, Lyle Theisen, come learn all the rules, technique,
introduced during this program may include: t-ball, soccer, football, and strategies to start playing pickleball yourself. All paddles, balls, and
kickball, basketball, or golf. Limited number of spots available. equipment will be provided.
Fee: $10
Fee: $33, includes camp shirt Days/Dates: Wednesday, June 6
Days/Dates: Mondays AND Wednesdays, May 14–23 Time(s): 9–11 a.m.
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. Location: Marion High School Tennis Courts
5:30–6 p.m. Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018
6:15–6:45 p.m. (select one)
NEW! Youth Pickleball Camp
NEW! 7–7:30 p.m.
Location: Butterfield Park
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018

Little Kickers Kickball CHILDREN AGES 6–10

CHILDREN AGES 3 & 4 A combination of ping-pong, badminton, and tennis with simple rules,
it's no wonder why pickleball is quickly gaining popularity among
An instructional approach to the childhood classic game kickball. Come people of all ages. Come learn and play games of pickleball against other
socialize and join other kids your age and have a ball learning how to kids your age. All paddles, balls, and equipment is provided.
play kickball. Limited number of spots available.
Fee: $25
Fee: $25 Days/Dates: Thursdays, July 19-August 9 (select one)
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, June 5–26 Time(s): 10–10:45 a.m. OR 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. (select one) Location: Marion High School Tennis Courts
Location: Lowe Park Registration Deadline: July 6, 2018
Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018

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Y T Louth ennis essons (Multiple Sessions) Start Smart Lacrosse Camp

CHILDREN AGES 5–13 CHILDREN AGES 6–10

The Marion Parks and Recreation Department will once again This new camp will introduce children to the basics of lacrosse in a
be offering youth tennis classes as part of a partnership with the non-contact format. Learn the skills of shooting, passing, catching,
Westfield Tennis Club. Classes are led by instructors that have cradling, stick handling, running, and general agility. Children will also
been trained by highly qualified and certified tennis professionals. be introduced to basic game format and rules of the game. Limited
Minimum class size 2, maximum class size 10. Only rain dates will number of spots available.
be made up.
Fee: $25 (select one) Youth Sports
SUMMER SESSIONS: Days/Dates: Tuesdays, July 10–31
Time(s): 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. OR 7–7:45 p.m.
Session 1: PM, Mondays, June 4–July 2 Location: Butterfield Park
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2018
AM, Fridays, June 8–July 6
Fee: $65 (5 meetings) Track & Field Camp
Registration Deadline Session 1: May 25, 2018
CHILDREN AGES 5 & 6
Session 2: PM, Mondays, July 9–August 6
Running, throwing, jumping, and more. Give this agility camp a try. From
AM, Fridays, July 13–August 10 relays to obstacle courses, this camp will keep your kids moving and
Fee: $65 (5 meetings) running with friendly races and relays. Limited number of spots available.
Registration Deadline Session 2: June 29, 2018 Fee: $25
Days/Dates: Mondays AND Wednesdays, August 6–15
MaArlilonprHoiggrhaSmcsh/soeossliotennsnhieslcdoautrts Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m.
Tots
5:30–6 p.m. (select one)
CHILDREN AGES 5 & 6 6:15–6:45 p.m.
This class is an introduction to tennis and meant to develop Location: Lowe Park
basic tennis skill set such as hand-eye coordination. Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018

Class Options: (select one) NCHEWILD! RNEeNwAG&ESO6l–d10Games
Mondays, 5–5:45 p.m. OR Fridays, 9–9:45 a.m.
Tired of the same old traditional sports? This may be the program
Rookies you're looking for. Keep the kids active and moving with this sampler
class. From classic lawn games to new and trendy games. Give this non-
CHILDREN AGES 7–10 traditional sports camp a try if you are looking for something new and
This class is for the junior who is just beginning to play exciting for your kids. Limited number of spots available.
tennis. We provide a fun environment while teaching basic Fee: $25
strokes and rules of the game. Days/Dates: Mondays AND Wednesdays, August 6–15
Time(s): 10:45–11:30 a.m. OR 7–7:45 p.m. (select one)
Class Options: (select one) Location: Lowe Park
Mondays, 6–6:55 p.m. OR Fridays, 10–10:55 a.m. Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018

Racqueteers Putt-Putt Indoor Golf

CHILDREN AGES 11–13 CHILDREN AGES 3–6
The emphasis is on control and consistency. Drills will
introduce directional intent and improve mechanics. An introduction to putting using the S.N.A.G. (Starting New At Golf)
golf system. Children will learn proper stance and grip as well as proper
Class Options: (select one) stroke and pace. Kids will practice putting through a variety of obstacles
Mondays, 7–7:55 p.m. OR Fridays, 11–11:55 a.m. and play rounds of "mini golf " to practice their skills. Limited number of
spots available.
INEW! ntermediate (Middle School) Fee: $25
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, November 6–27
CHILDREN AGES 12–16 Time(s): 3/4 Year Olds: 5:30–6 p.m.
This clinic is intended for students who will be or are
currently participating on their middle or high school 5/6 Year Olds: 6:15–6:45 p.m.
team.  Both boys and girls are welcome.  This clinic will Location: Lowe Park
offer these students a chance to learn, or brush up on their Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018
fundamentals.  It will also prepare them for playing matches
against other students around their age.

Class:
Fridays, noon–12:55 p.m.

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I B Cndoor ags amp (Spring Break Week) MLB Pitch, Hit, & Run Competition
CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH
Looking for something to keep the kids busy during spring break? Look CHILDREN AGES 7–14
no further than this new kid friendly camp. Kids will first learn all the
rules and techniques associated with the game through various skill- Major League Baseball's Pitch Hit &
building games and activities and then compete in an elimination style Run (PHR) is a FREE, 1-day event for
tournament. Limited number of spots available. boys and girls ages 7–14. PHR is the
official skills competition of Major
Youth Sports Fee: $15 League Baseball. Participants compete
Days/Dates: Tuesday, March 13 (spring break week) in either the Baseball Division or
Time(s): 9 a.m.–noon Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through
Location: Lowe Park four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018 Championships and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
Fee: FREE, but must register for the event by deadline
I G Cndoor olfamp (Spring Break Week) Days/Dates: Monday, May 7
CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH
An introduction to putting using the S.N.A.G. (Starting New At Golf) Rain-date: Wednesday, May 9
golf system. Children will learn proper stance and grip as well as Time(s): 5:30–7:30 p.m.
proper stroke and pace. Kids will practice putting through a variety of Location: Lowe Park
obstacles and play rounds of "mini golf " to practice the skills. Limited Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018
number of spots available.
Live Healthy Iowa Track Championships
Fee: $15
Days/Dates: Tuesday, March 13 (spring break week) CHILDREN AGES 7–14
Time(s): 1–4 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park Join the Marion, Hiawatha, and Cedar Rapids
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018 Parks and Recreation Departments for this
local skills competition. The Live Healthy
Iowa Kids Track Championships is a free,
state wide event that requires no special
equipment to participate. Local meets are
hosted all around Iowa, giving participants
a chance to compete in their hometowns
and qualifiers competing in the state
meet. Local meet champions will have the
opportunity to participate in the state meet held in Marshalltown.
Fee: FREE, but must register for the event by deadline
Days/Dates: Saturday, May 19
Time(s): Meet begins at 1 p.m.
Location: Kingston Stadium (Cedar Rapids)
Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018

Thank You
Coaches!

A special “Thank You” to all of our wonderful
coaches and volunteers that help us throughout
the year. Many of our programs and events would
not be possible without your generous spirit and

time commitment. We understand that every
person’s time is valuable and we truly appreciate

you sacrificing your time to help support the
Marion Parks and Recreation Department.

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Little Pigskins Football Camp

CHILDREN AGES 4–6

Children are introduced to the basics of football without the contact,
learning the skills necessary to play football. Staff combine fun and
fundamentals through skill-building drills, activities, and games while
emphasizing the importance of good sportsmanship. Limited number
of spots available.

Fee: $33, includes camp shirt (select one) Youth Sports
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, July 10–31
Time(s): 10:45–11:15 a.m. OR 6:15–6:45 p.m.
Location: Butterfield Park
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2018

PeeWee Flag Football

CHILDREN GRADES K–1ST (FALL 2018/19)

This instructional league is run like a mini clinic that teaches the
fundamentals of football. These include such things as: throwing,
catching, running, blocking, hand-offs, learning plays/formations, etc.
Players have instructional practices the first 3 nights and games the
remaining 5 night of the program. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!

Fee: $33, includes team shirt
Days/Dates: Tuesdays AND Thursdays, August 21–September 13
Time(s): 5:30–6:15 p.m. OR 6:30–7:15 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park (select one)

Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018

NEW! Fall Youth Tennis Lessons Youth Flag Football

CHILDREN AGES 7–13 CHILDREN GRADES 2ND–6TH (FALL 2018/19)

Didn't get enough or a chance to take up tennis this summer? No This is a recreational league with emphasis on fundamentals and skill
problem! This new fall session of tennis brings more opportunities development. There will be separate 2nd/3rd grade and 4th/5th/6th
for youngsters to learn the game and fundamentals of tennis led grade divisions. Coaches schedule their own practices beginning in
by the staff from Westfield Tennis Club. Minimum class size 4, mid-August with games beginning in early September. A 6-game season
maximum class size 10. will be played by each team. There will be a coaches meeting prior to
practices being scheduled. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
FALL SESSION: Fee: $40, includes team shirt
Fee: $65 (5 meetings) Days/Dates: Practices: Begin the week of August 20
Days/Dates: Mondays, September 10–October 8 Games: Saturday mornings beginning September 8
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018 Time(s): Practices: Times vary by team

All programs/sessions held at Games: 8:30 a.m. OR 10 a.m. (Saturdays)
Marion High School tennis courts Location: Lowe Park
Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018
Rookies

CHILDREN AGES 7–10
This class is for the junior who is just beginning to play
tennis. We provide a fun environment while teaching basic
strokes and rules of the game.

Class: Mondays, 5–5:55 p.m.

Racqueteers

CHILDREN AGES 11–13
The emphasis is on control and consistency. Drills will
introduce directional intent and improve mechanics.

Class: Mondays, 6–6:55 p.m.

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Youth Sports Lil' Tykes Basketball Camp Youth 5 on 5 Basketball

CHILDREN AGES 3–8 CHILDREN GRADES 2ND–6TH (FALL 2018/19)

Join the Marion Parks and Recreation staff this fall for this youth League is divided into 2nd/3rd grades and 4th/5th/6th grades. Boys
basketball program. This program is held outdoors at the Thomas and girls play in separate divisions. This instructional league works on
Park basketball courts. Children will learn and practice a variety of teaching the fundamentals of basketball and stressing the importance
basic fundamentals such as dribbling, shooting, passing, defense, of good sportsmanship and having fun while playing the game. One
and more through a variety of drills and fun skill-building exercises. hour practices held once or twice a week, beginning in mid-November,
There are no games played during this program. Monday–Friday. VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED!
Fee: $33, includes camp shirt Fee: $39*, includes team shirt
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, September 5–26 Days/Dates: Practices: Begin the week of November 12 (Mon–Fri)
Time(s): 3/4 Year Olds: 5:30–6 p.m. Games: Saturday mornings beginning December 1
Time(s): Practice times vary during the week
5/6 Year Olds: 6:15–6:45 p.m.
NEW! 7/8 Year Olds: 7–7:30 p.m. Game times will vary on Saturday mornings
Location: Thomas Park Basketball Courts Location: Echo Hill, Bowman Woods, and Excelsior Schools
Registration Deadline: August 10, 2018 Registration Deadline: October 19, 2018

NEW! Hot Shots Basketball Competition Little Stars Basketball (2019)

CHILDREN GRADES 3RD-8TH (FALL 2018/19) CHILDREN AGE 4

Pick a partner and test your shooting skills and teamwork in this new Players meet for 5 classes to work on very basic ball handling, shooting,
basketball competition during Marion's annual Swamp Fox Festival. and passing skills. Parents participate with their child or children for
Teams will have 60 seconds to make as many baskets as they can from this program as recreation staff instructs and demonstrates the drills.
pre-determined spots on the court worth varying amount of points. Fee: $39*, includes camp shirt
Teams will be divided into 3 separate divisions: 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, Days/Dates: Saturdays, February 2–March 2 (2019)
7th/8th. Top scoring teams will advance to playoff round where a Time(s): Saturday morning times may vary
champion from each division will be crowned. Location: Echo Hill Elementary School
Fee: $15, per team of two Registration Deadline: December 14, 2018
Days/Dates: Saturday, September 29
Time(s): 1–3 p.m. Shooting Stars Basketball (2019)
Location: Thomas Park Basketball Courts
Registration Deadline: September 14, 2018 CHILDREN GRADES K–1ST (FALL 2018/19)

This instructional program works on the basic skills of dribbling,
passing, and shooting. Players spend the first 2 meetings working on
skills and practicing with their team and coach(es), then scrimmage the
remaining 3 meetings. There are no additional practices. VOLUNTEER
COACHES NEEDED!
Fee: $39*, includes team shirt
Days/Dates: Saturdays, February 2–March 2 (2019)
Time(s): Saturday morning times may vary and rotate
Location: Echo Hill and Bowman Woods Elementary Schools
Registration Deadline: December 14, 2018

*All basketball fees are impacted by a gym rental fee to use
school gymnasiums and are included in the registration fee.

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Lil' Leprechaun's Day Camp Great Tree Decorating Contest Youth Programs

(Spring Break Week) CHILDREN AGES 3+

CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH Our Christmas tree could use a little T.L.C. Help us decorate our tree at
Lowe Park for the season. Fill, paint, color your ornament and leave it
It’s Spring Break! Spend the afternoon at Lowe Park with our recreation for us to put on our tree at Lowe Park. Ornaments will be voted on by a
staff as they lead the kids through games, crafts, snacks, and more. We combination of staff, public and Facebook “Likes”.
may even go searching for that leprechaun and his pot of gold! Limited Fee: $10
Days/Dates: Tuesday, December 4
number of spots available. Time(s): 10–11 a.m. OR 5:30–6:30 p.m. (select one)
Fee: $25 Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Days/Dates: Wednesday, March 14 Registration Deadline: November 16, 2018
Time: 12:30-5 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center Candy Cane Hunt
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018
CHILDREN AGES 3+
EGGStraordinary Egg Hunt
For everyone that still believes! Someone has left candy canes around
CHILDREN AGES 3–8 the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center. Come help us find them all!
First, we’ll decorate some seasonal crafts and then the hunt is on to find
This event is always a hit with the kids and parents! Join other fellow egg every last candy cane. After the hunt, we’ll enjoy milk, juice and treats
hunters for a night your child won’t soon forget. Children will first create and maybe even a Christmas story. Limited number of spots available.
their own Easter craft(s), then they’re off in search of the mysterious Fee: $12
glowing eggs. Who knows, there may even be an Easter Bunny Days/Dates: Saturday, December 8
sighting. The egg hunt will be outside, weather permitting. Please dress Time: 9-10:30 a.m.
accordingly. Limited number of spots available. Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Fee: $12 Registration Deadline: November 16, 2018
Days/Dates: Friday, March 23
Time: 7–8:30 p.m. Santa's Little Workshop
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2018 CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH

The Painted Pumpkin See what the elf culture is all about by bringing your kids to Santa’s Little
Workshop for an afternoon filled with games, crafts, snacks, music,
CHILDREN AGES 3+ movies, and more. Drop your kids off and finish up some Christmas
errands or present wrapping. Limited number of spots available.
No carving here! Help us decorate the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Fee: $25
Center for Halloween. Painters will receive one pumpkin with their Days/Dates: Saturday, December 8
registration to decorate to their liking. Paint and limited craft supplies Time: 12:30-5 p.m.
will be provided. Pumpkins will be voted on by a combination of staff, Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
public and Facebook “Likes”. Registration Deadline: November 16, 2018
Fee: $10
Days/Dates: Tuesday, October 9
Time(s): 10–11 a.m. OR 6–7 p.m. (select one)
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

Halloween Boo Camp

CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH

Ghosts, goblins, goodies, and games! This is a night for the kids as we
celebrate all things Halloween. Drop your kids off and let our recreation
staff lead them through a night of spooky games, crafts, snacks and
more. Limited number of spots available.
Fee: $25, includes a kid friendly dinner
Days/Dates: Friday, October 26
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

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Youth Programs Lil' Chefs Cooking Class Beginners Magic Camp 101

CHILDREN AGES 3–5 CHILDREN AGES10+*

Come ready to bake, cook, and have a great time with other kids your Are your kids fascinated with
age. Children will create delicious snacks and treats to eat and take the world of Magic or want
home with them. Parents are encouraged to participate with their child. to learn more about the art of
Bring your appetite! Limit 15 participants. magic? Join local magician, Tim
Fee: $30 Stolba, owner of the Iowa Magic
Days/Dates: Thursdays, February 1–22 Shop, and learn to perform
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. (select one) fabulous feats of amazing magic
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center with ordinary objects such as
Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018 ropes, coins, rubber bands,
cards, and more. Props are provided as part of the program. This class
Kid Crafters Art Class briefly explores the history and theory of magic, famous magicians, code
of ethics, types of magic, magic “vocabulary”, performance techniques,
CHILDREN AGES 3–5 developing a stage persona and of course learning magic tricks! 
Beyond the entertainment value, magic helps improve dexterity,
Come join and socialize with other kids your age as we create different coordination, visual perception, memory, critical thinking, creativity,
seasonal and holiday crafts and art projects each session. Parents are discipline, public speaking skills, self-confidence, and imagination! Limit
encouraged to participate with their child. This program is supported 12 participants per session.
by the Marion Arts Council. Limit 15 participants.
Fee: $25 *Children under 10 years of age can participate with
Days/Dates: Mondays, March 5–26 an accompanying adult. Adult must be engaged
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. (select one) and participate in the camp with the child.
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center
Registration Deadline: February 23, 2018 Fee: $75, includes all supplies & a small magic kit
Days/Dates: August 6–10
Lil' Chefs & Kid Crafters Combo Time(s): 9–11 a.m.
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
CHILDREN AGES 3–5 Registration Deadline: July 20, 2018

Can’t decide on the crafts or cooking? If so, then this is the class for you Summer M.U.S.I.C. Camps
and your little one. Now with more classes...Get the best of both worlds
with this combo class. Children will craft/cook alternating days, so (Multiple Sessions)
you have 3 crafts and 3 cooking experiences. Parents are encouraged to
participate with their child. Limit 15 participants. CHILDREN GRADES K–5TH
Fee: $40
Days/Dates: Mondays AND Thursdays, October 22–November 8 Do you want to make M.U.S.I.C.
Time(s): 10–10:30 a.m. OR 5:30–6 p.m. (select one) this summer? (Movement/dance,
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center Understand (reading/writing),
Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018 Singing, Instruments, and Create)
Join local music instructor, Carly
HAVE AN IDEA? Schieffer, for some interactive music
camps this summer at the Lowe
Do you have a program, league, or event that you would like to Park Arts & Environment Center.
see offered by the Parks and Recreation Department? Interested in Limited number of spots available
teaching a class or program as a contract instructor through the each session.
Session 1: Bugs and Butterflies (K―2nd Grade)
Marion Parks and Recreation Department? Children Kindergarten through 2nd grade will have the opportunity
to participate in M.U.S.I.C. activities centered on bugs through
Let Us Know! singing games, folk dances, instruments, and listening examples.
M.U.S.I.C. camp begins Monday and concludes with a brown-bag lunch
We are always looking for new and exciting offerings for the people “informance” on Friday.
of Marion. If you have an idea or program recommendation, please
Session 2: Explore (3rd―5th Grade)
contact the Recreation office at 447-3590 or email Recreation Explore: Children in 3rd through 5th grade will have the opportunity
Supervisor, Tony Ireland at tireland@cityofmarion.org. to participate in M.U.S.I.C. activities centered on multicultural music
through singing games, folk dances, instruments, and listening
examples. M.U.S.I.C. camp begins Monday and concludes with a
brown-bag lunch “informance” on Friday.
Fee: $50 per session
Dates/ Times: Session 1: June 25–29, 9–11 a.m.
Session 2: June 25–29, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
Registration Deadlines: June 1, 2018

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S A C→ ummer NEW! Day Camps For Kids
rt amps (Multiple Sessions)
CHILDREN GRADES 2ND–8TH CHILDREN GRADES K-6TH
Join local art instructor, Mike Brandt, for
some interactive art camps this summer at The Marion Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Linn
the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center. County 4-H to offer some no-school-day and summer day camps right
There will be a total of 6 different sessions here in Marion. These day-long camps are educational and sure to keep
offered, so please look at each camp’s area your child's attention. Children should bring a sack lunch each day. Youth Programs
of concentration. Limited number of spots Limited number of spots available each camp.
available each session.
For quesitons about each camp, please contact
Session 1: Cartooning for Kids I Amy Schmitt, Linn County Youth Outreach Education,
This class explores the art of cartooning. We will use the art elements
to dive into creating cartoons in many different mediums. at 377-9839 or by email at amyschmi@iastate.edu.
Camp 1: Cooking Up Science: Cookie Challenge (3rd-5th)
Session 2: Painting for Kids I Do you like to cook or bake but maybe everything doesn’t always
This class explores the many ways of painting. We will use tempera, turn out as planned? Wonder what’s going on in the oven & why?
watercolor, and acrylic paint to create works of art. They will be During this workshop, we will get a chance to examine some cookie
exposed to many painting techniques from the world of painting. “flops.” We will try to answer what went wrong at the cookie factory by
discovering how different ingredients work through fun and exciting
Session 3: Cartooning for Kids II (new material) hands-on experiments like: gluten balls, exploding marshmallows, and
(You do NOT need to take session 1 cartooning to take this class) diving submarines. You’ll be amazed by the science that happens in the
This class continues the art of cartooning. You do not have to have kitchen to make the delicious treats we get to make and eat!
previous cartooning to take this class. We will explore new and Camp 2: Robot Boot Camp: Junk Drawer Robotics (3rd-5th)
different projects in cartooning. Unleash your creativity as you learn to think like an engineer and
scientist! This program emphasizes the engineering design process
Session 4: Painting for Kids II (new material) concepts while building your own robots and developing your skills.
(You do NOT need to take session 2 painting to take this class) Learn about electricity, creating circuits, using small motors, LED
This class continues the art of painting. You do not have to take lights, and more! Participants will use common supplies, build as a
previous painting to take this class. We will explore new and different team, and make their own simple robot to take home.
projects in painting. Camp 3: Farm To Fork: Plant Detectives (K-2nd)
Ever wonder how your food got to your plate? Join us for a day of
Session 5: Sculpture for Kids I exploration as we investigate the adventure of food from seed to your
This class will experience the art of sculpture. Students will create kitchen! Be a plant detective and find out how plants grow. Conduct
sculptures with wood, plastic, air clay, recycled items, and more. experiments, start your own seeds to take home, try new foods, and
explore how far your food travels. Learn to follow a recipe as you make
Session 6: Sculpture for Kids II (new material) your own delicious snacks as a team!
(You do NOT need to take session 5 sculpture to take this class) Camp 4: Farm To Fork: Food & Ag Connections (3rd-5th)
This class continues the art of sculpting. You do not have to take Investigate the adventure of food from seed to your kitchen! Learn how
previous sculpture to take this class. Students will create new and plants grow and start your own seeds to take home. Try new foods and
different sculptures with wood, plaster, air clay, recycled items, and explore how far they traveled. Explore farming and all the science &
more. technology that is involved! Learn to follow a recipe as you make your
Fee: $80 per session, includes a camp shirt and all supplies own delicious snacks as a team.
Dates/ Times: Session 1: June 11–15, 9–11 a.m. Camp 5: On Their Own & OK (4th-6th)
Session 2: June 11–15, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. This is a workshop that helps build skills, maturity, and confidence in
Session 3: June 18–22, 9–11 a.m. youth to safely stay home alone. Topics include: ideas for rules and
Session 4: June 18–22, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. a basic schedule for when your child is home alone, choosing and
Session 5: June 25–29, 9–11 a.m. making basic healthy foods, procedure if someone comes to the door,
Session 6: June 25–29, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. techniques to handle squabbles that may occur between siblings. Child
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center will leave with a family workbook to guide you through discussing
Registration Deadlines: June 1, 2018 expectations together.
Fee: $20 per camp
Days/Dates: Camp 1: Thursday, March 15 at Lowe Park
Camp 2: Thursday, June 7 at Thomas Park
Camp 3: Tuesday, July 10 at Lowe Park

Camp 4: Tuesday, July 17 at Lowe Park
Camp 5: Monday, August 6 at Thomas Park
Time(s): 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Thomas Park Safe Room or Lowe Park
Registration Deadline: 1 week prior to class date
Notes: To register for a camp, please visit the ISU Extension website at
https://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/content/4h-day-camps

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Youth Programs Tot Time at Lowe Park Fish Iowa! Free Fishing Weekend

CHILDREN AGES 2+ OPEN TO ALL AGES (IOWA RESIDENTS ONLY)

Looking for something fun to keep your little one busy and active? The Iowa Department of
Give this program a try! Parents and children will have access each Natural Resources (DNR)
day to a variety of sports equipment, games, and activities to play hosts free fishing weekend for
with. No structure or instructor, just show up and play with the Iowa residents only during
provided equipment! This program is held outdoors. In the event the first Friday, Saturday and
of inclement weather or rain, the program will be canceled. Sunday of June (1, 2, 3). Get
Fee: FREE, just show up ready to play and mingle out and enjoy the waterways
Days/Dates: Thursdays, June 7–July 26 and give fishing a try on this free fishing weekend.
Time: 10 a.m.–noon All fishing regulations must be obeyed during your fishing outing.
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center Marion Parks and Recreation is not able to host a fishing clinic this year,
but please check the Iowa DNR's website (http://www.iowadnr.gov/) for
Story Time at The Amphitheater more information, programs, popular fishing locations, and rules and
regulations for fishing in Iowa.
CHILDREN AGES 1+ Fee: FREE, no fishing license required for Iowa residents ONLY
Days/Dates: June 1–3
Join us out at Lowe Park as the Marion Public Library brings their Time: All day (Friday–Sunday)
popular story time on the road. Enjoy a story with your little one
as you take in the beautiful surroundings that the park has to offer.
Program will be held outdoors as weather permits.
Fee: FREE, just show up ready to listen
Days/Dates: Thursdays, June 7–July 26
Time: 11–11:30 a.m.
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center

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Adult Team Trivia Night NEW! Adult Cardio Tennis Adult Programs

ADULTS AGES 18+ ADULTS AGES 18+
Get in shape and improve your tennis game! Fun and
Bring your thinking caps and useless trivial knowledge to compete exciting tennis games and exercise; “Cardio Tennis is the
against other teams of adults in fun and challenging rounds of trivia. exercise that doesn't feel like exercise”!  In the event that
Categories will include, but are not limited to: pop culture, movies, only 1 student is in attendance, the class will be held as a
music, sports, history, brand recognition and more. Participants are 30 minute private lesson.
welcome to bring food and drinks to share with their team. Prizes will be
awarded to the winning teams. Minimum of 6 teams; Maximum of SUMMER SESSIONS:
12 teams.
Fee: $80 per team (Max: 8 people per team) Session 1: PM, Mondays, June 4–July 2
Days/Dates: Saturday, February 24
Time(s): 6–9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Fee: $65 (5 meetings)
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center Registration Deadline Session 1: May 25, 2018
Registration Deadline: February, 9 2018
Session 2: PM, Mondays, July 9–August 6
Sunrise Yoga
Fee: $65 (5 meetings)
OPEN TO ALL AGES Registration Deadline Session 2: June 29, 2018

Back by popular demand! Join the Marion Parks & Recreation All programs/sessions held at
Department, Marion Blue Zones Project®, and local fitness clubs/ Marion High School tennis courts
gyms for some FREE outdoor yoga this summer. Sunrise Yoga will be
held each Saturday morning in June, July, and August outdoors at the Class:
beautiful Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park. Participants should
bring a yoga mat or towel for class. Each class will be led by a certified Mondays, 8–8:55 p.m.
instructor from a different area yoga studio or gym
Fee: FREE, just show up ready to get your workout on NEW! Adult Tennis Round Robin Play
Days/Dates: Saturdays, June 2-August 25
Time(s): 7:30–8:30 a.m. ADULTS AGES 18+
Location: Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park
One of the most enjoyable forms of recreational tennis is the round
Fall Into Fitness robin. Join us for mixed (co-ed) open play. Each participant plays with
OPEN TO ALL AGES multiple players throughout the evening. Participants should bring
their own racket. Balls will be provided on a weekly basis. For questions
Whether you are looking for a new fitness class, tired of doing the about the format of this program, please contact Penny Raia at
same old fitness routine, or just want to get started, this is the class for pen@gobrainstorm.net. Participants must register with the Marion
you! The best part of all, it is absolutely FREE. Join the Marion Parks & Parks and Recreation Department prior to playing.
Recreation Department and Marion Blue Zones Project® for this fitness Fee: $15 for one session
series held outdoor at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park.
Each week, for 4 weeks, a different fitness routine will be demonstrated $25 if you sign-up for both sessions
by a certified instructor. Find a routine or class that suits your needs Days/Dates: Session 1: Thursdays, May 3-June 28
and get more active today! Complete schedule of classes to be released Session 2: Thursdays, July 5-August 30
during late summer 2018. Time(s): 6:30–8 p.m.
Fee: FREE, just show up ready to get your workout on Location: Marion High School Tennis Courts
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, September 4–25 Notes: All levels of play are welcome, but please note, no instruction is
Time(s): 6–7 p.m. provided. This is not a tennis lesson, but rather an open play format.
Location: Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park

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Adult Programs NEW! Name That Tune Music Trivia NEW! High School Intramurals
OPEN TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
ADULTS AGES 18+
ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! Gather a team of
Looking for more trivia? Well look no further than this new trivia night friends or students, or sign-up individually as a free-agent for these
that will test your knowledge of all things music. Assemble your best new recreational programs for high school students. A perfect way
team of friends, family, or coworkers to compete in rounds of music to stay active, meet and socialize with other fellow high schoolers in
trivia. From album covers, to lyrics, to records, awards, and more. This the area. All leagues are CO-ED and will be divided into 2 separate
is sure to test your trivial knowledge of all genres of music. Participants divisions (9th/10th and 11th/12th). Free agent will either be placed
are welcome to bring food and drinks to share with their team. Prizes on team randomly or a new team will be formed if enough free agents
will be awarded to the winning teams. Minimum of 6 teams; Maximum sign-up. Minimum of 6 teams required to hold leagues/tournaments.
of 12 teams. Fee: $15 per person for the first program, includes league shirt
Fee: $80 per team (Max: 8 people per team)
Days/Dates: Saturday, April 28 $10 for any league after that during the year
Time(s): 6–9 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Teams: Must have a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 8
Location: Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center players. Teams must be a mix of both male and female.
Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018

Adult Wiffleball Tournament 3 vs 3 Soccer Tournament

ADULTS AGES 18+ Days/Dates: Saturday, April 14
Time(s): Games begin at 10 a.m.
Your reason to act like a kid again is finally here! Sign up for this Location: Butterfield Park
new adult wiffleball tournament. No need to run the bases or worry Registration Deadline: March 23, 2018
about chasing never ending ground balls. If you can throw and catch Notes: Double elimination style tournament
a ball and swing a bat, this league is for you. There will be designated
hitting area marked out for the batters and a strike-zone (K-Zone) for Wiffleball Tournament
the pitchers. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of 2 games.
Minimum of 6 teams required to hold tournament. Days/Dates: Saturday, May 5
Fee: $50 per team (Min–3 players; Max–5 players) Time(s): Games start at 10 a.m.
Days/Dates: Saturday, May 12 Location: To Be Determined
Time(s): Games start at 10 a.m. Registration Deadline: April 13, 2018
Location: To Be Determined Notes: Double elimination style tournament
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2018
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
NEW! Learn-To-Play Pickleball
Days/Dates: Saturday, June 30
ADULTS AGES 15+ Time(s): Games start at 10 a.m.
Location: Lowe Park
A paddle sport for all ages and athletic ability...Pickleball is like over- Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018
sized ping-pong played on a badminton sized court with a tennis Notes: Double elimination style tournament
net. With simple and easy to follow rules it is the perfect game for all
ages to learn and play. Led by USAPA Ambassador and Iowa singles/ 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament
doubles champion, Lyle Theisen, come learn all the rules, technique,
and strategies to start playing pickleball yourself. All paddles, balls, and Days/Dates: Saturday, July 28
equipment will be provided. Time(s): Games start at 10 a.m.
Fee: $10 Location: Thomas Park Basketball Courts
Days/Dates: Saturday, June 9 Registration Deadline: July 6, 2018
Time(s): 8–10 a.m. Notes: Double elimination style tournament
Location: Marion High School Tennis Courts
Registration Deadline: May 11, 2018 Flag Football Tournament

Adult Bags Leauge Days/Dates: Saturday, August 18
Time(s): Games start at 10 a.m.
ADULTS AGES 18+ Location: Lowe Park
Registration Deadline: July 27, 2018
Tailgating season is just around the corner! What better way to get Notes: Double elimination style tournament
ready than by taking part in this adult recreational bags league. Teams
of two will compete in an 8 week season, concluding with an end of the
season elimination tournament. Each night teams will compete in a
minimum of one complete match (3 games to 21). Limited number of
spots available.
Fee: $20 per team of two
Days/Dates: Wednesdays, July 18–September 12
Time(s): Matches start at 6 p.m.
Location: Lowe Park
Registration Deadline: July 13, 2018

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B-I-N-G-O Nights at Lowe Park Family Programs & Events
OPEN TO ALL AGES

Join us at the Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center for nights of
fun, socializing, and a chance to win some cash! Games of BINGO
will be played for $.25 per card, per game. Cash prizes are paid
to the winner of each game. There will also be a few bonus games
with increased payouts. The night will conclude with a winner-
take-all game of blackout. Participants are welcome to bring food
and drinks to enjoy while they play. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Seats and cards are limited and are on a first come, first serve
basis.

Fee: FREE to attend, but cards are $0.25 per card, per game
Days/Dates: Friday, January 19
Friday, February 16
Friday, March 9
Friday, April 13
Friday, July 27

Saturday, September 29 (Swamp Fox-Time: TBA)
Friday, November 16
Time(s): 6:30–8:30 p.m. (excluding Swamp Fox date)
Location: Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center
Registration Deadline: No registration required, but seats and
cards are limited and are first come, first serve.

Summer Nights Under The Stars...
FREE, Family-Friendly Entertainment at the Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park
2018 Entertainment Line-Up

Sponsored in part by the Marion Hotel/Motel Grant Program

Moonlit Movies Pianopalooza

FRIDAY, MAY 11 AT 8:30 p.m. Dueling Pianos w/ Band
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 AT 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, JULY 14 AT 6 p.m.

Join the Marion Parks and Recreation Department for some free A whirlwind tour of music across different decades and genres is
outdoor family fun this summer at sunset. Come early to get your what you get with the guys from Pianopalooza! Better yet, they
seats. Movie titles will be announced in the spring of 2018. Visit the come with a band! From the classic sing-a-longs, to more modern
Marion Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page or the city website for melodies, to dancing, to jokes you're sure to be entertained by the
more information as the dates get closer. one and only Pianopalooza.

Dogs of Society BrulÉ

The Ultimate Elton Rock Tribute A Native American Experience in Sight, Sound, and Soul
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 AT 7 p.m. SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 AT 7:30 p.m.

You’ll never be this close to Elton… but you’ll think you are when Brulé has pushed the boundaries of contemporary Native American
you see and hear Dogs of Society–The Ultimate Elton Rock Tribute. rhythms and classic rock in their genre-blending selections. Their
Driven by the “spot-on” vocals of Elton Juan (John Gore), The Dogs’ electrifying show consists of a 5-piece rock ensemble augmented
high-energy show delivers an all-live, '70s-style rock concert faithful with an array of traditional Native American instrumentation. Paired
with the stunning steps of one of the top Native American dance
to the spirit of the classic, early Elton John recordings. troupes, their authenticity brings a multi-dimensional art form to
this cultural rock opera.

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Family Programs & Events •Lowe Park 4500 N 10th Street

Ride To Wrigley (chartered bus trip)

Snowman Selfies NEW! Friends of the Parks Scavenger Hunt
OPEN TO ALL AGES OPEN TO ALL AGES

It’s Iowa, it’s going to snow! Get out and enjoy the great outdoors when The Friends of the Marion Parks have put together a new scavenger
the white stuff starts to fly this winter. Simply build yourself a snowman hunt to keep you exploring this summer. Visit four (4) Marion Parks
anytime there is snow on the ground. Snap a selfie with your snowman and identify the items on the scavenger hunt sheet. Check or “X” each
and send it to tireland@cityofmarion.org. Please include your contact item as you find them. Turn in your completed forms and any photos/
information and name for your cool snowman. Pictures will be posted selfies of your family completing the scavenger hunt at the recreation
to the Marion Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page and the "Snowman office at Lowe Park. Scavenger Hunt forms can be picked up at the Lowe
Selfie" with the most “Likes” at the end of the program will receive a Park or Thomas Park or printed from the Marion Parks website.
prize from the department. Creativity will help, so make your snowman Fee: FREE to participate
standout. Dates: June 1–July 10
Fee: FREE to participate Notes: Must be completed by July 10, 2018
Dates: January 1–February 28
Registration Deadline: Snowman Selfie photos will be accepted NEW! Peddling Thru The Parks
January 1-February 28, 2018 OPEN TO ALL AGES

Curling Clinic Enjoy one of Marion's greatest amenities...the trails! Ride the bike trails
OPEN TO ALL AGES that start at Thomas Park. There are five trails starting in Thomas Park
that go to Hanna Park (1.6 miles round trip), Donnelly Park (Boyson
It's that time again...Time for the Trail, 2.5 miles round trip), Lindale Trail, (1.5 to 4 miles round trip),
WINTER OLYMPICS! What better Menards Trail (2.5 miles). Bike the trails as a family and earn stamps
way to kick them off then by joining at the turnaround of each trail. Prizes awarded to all participants and
the Cedar Rapids Curling Club families with the most stamps will win special prizes.
as they teach all the ins and outs Fee: FREE to participate
of curling. This clinic will feature Days/Dates: Saturday, June 23
demonstrations and a live round of Time(s): 1–4 p.m.
curling by the experts. Participants will get to try the equipment Location(s): Thomas Park Trail Heads
out for themselves as well. Weather permitting. Notes: Watch for more details as the date gets closer
Fee: FREE to participate
Days/Dates: Saturday, February 10
Time(s): 4-7 p.m.
Location(s): Thomas Park Ice Rink
Notes: Watch for more information leading up to the event

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NEW! Waldo's Rock ROCKS! City of Marion Night at the Stable Family Programs & Events
OPEN TO ALL AGES OPEN TO ALL MARION RESIDENTS

Join the Friends of the Marion Parks at Marion's newest park, Waldo's Time for some hockey! Join us for City of Marion
Rock Park. The "rock" is a towering piece of stone and is one of the Night at the Stable when the RoughRiders
oldest glacial rocks in Iowa. Visit Marion’s newest park where there will take on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Any
be activities for all ages including learning about rocks, collecting and Marion employee or resident is eligible to
painting rocks. Look for more information as the date gets closer. buy discounted tickets ($4 off regular price
Fee: FREE to participate per ticket) for themselves, their family, and
Days/Dates: Saturday, July 28 friends. Bring the whole family and wear
Time(s): 1–4 p.m. your favorite hockey jersey.
Location(s): Waldo's Rock Park Tickets: Section N―$10.75/person
Notes: Watch for more details as the date gets closer Section O―$12.75/person
Section P―$14.75/person
S20a18veSwTamhp FeoxDFesativtale Discounted tickets are available for purchase in person at the
September 28-30 RoughRiders box office or by calling 261-4625 and mention "Marion
Join in the Night". Group tickets available in sections N, O, & P.
Date/ Time: Saturday, February 17 at 7:05 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
celebration of Location: Cedar Rapids Ice Arena (The Stable)
Marion's heritage Notes: Discount is not available online
at the 29th annual
Swamp Fox Festival City of Marion Day at the Ballpark
the last weekend OPEN TO ALL MARION RESIDENTS
in September. The
festival kicks off with What is better than a summer day at the ballpark?
a Moonlit Movie at The answer...a discounted summer day at
Lowe Park on Friday the ballpark! Join other Marion residents
evening. Saturday morning is filled with a variety of events that take and help pack the ballpark for City of
place in and around City Square Park including the Fall Marion Marion Day with the Kernels as they battle
Market, Swamp Fox 5K, a pancake breakfast, and the ever-popular the Quad Cities River Bandits. Kids 12 and
Swamp Fox Parade. under eat free that day, and are given a voucher
The fun moves to Lowe Park on Saturday evening for live music at at the main gates for a hot dog, popcorn, and a drink. 
the amphitheater, food, bingo, kids activities and a grand fireworks Additionally, kids can run the bases, play catch in the outfield, and get
finale. The weekend of festivities will wrap up with a classic car show autographs from the Kernels players after the game.
at Thomas Park on Sunday. Tickets: Discounted tickets ($8 Club Seats-Section 111) are available
Find more information at www.cityofmarion.org/swampfox. for purchase in person at the Kernels box office or by calling 896-7560,
just mention City of Marion to receive the discount.
Date/ Time: Sunday, July 29 at 2:05 p.m. (Gates open at 1 p.m.)
Location: Veterans Memorial Stadium (Cedar Rapids)
Notes: Discount available beginning Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
when single game tickets go on sale.

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Senior Programs Senior Center @ Lowe Park Returning Soon!

The Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center is home to Senior meals will soon be making a comeback to Lowe Park
FREE senior activities on a daily basis during the week. These on a regular weekly basis (Monday-Friday). Watch for more
programs are provided and coordinated as part of the Witwer information in 2018 for start dates and times. For questions
Healthy Aging Program by Aging Services. or inquires, please contact the Lowe Park office at 447-3590.

These programs and activities are geared towards adults ages 55 NEW! Chronic Disease Management
and up. For more information on these programs or other sites,
please contact Jo Ellen Haddad at Aging Services at 398-3644. AGES 55+
You can also contact the Parks and Recreation office at Lowe Living with a chronic condition such as diabetes, arthritis, high
Park at 447-3590. blood pressure, heart disease, pain, or anxiety can be a daily
challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. A chronic disease self-
If Linn-Mar Schools cancel due to inclement weather, management program can help you take charge of your health
all senior activities scheduled at Lowe are canceled and feel better! It is offered by Heritage Area Agency on Aging &
Witwer Healthy Aging, a program of Aging Services.
Fee: FREE
Days/Dates: Tuesdays, January 30-March 6
Time(s): 9:30 a.m.–noon
Location: Lowe Park (Sunburst Room)
Notes: To register, please call Heritage at 398-5559 or Jo Haddad with

Aging Services at 398-3644

Monday “Live Music” Dance— Listen and/or dance to NEW! Fall Foliage Riverboat Cruise
live music from various bands. Meets every Monday beginning AGES 55+
at 12:30 p.m. in the Oaks Room.
500— Group meets and plays every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the ALL ABOARD! Join the Marion
Sunburst Room. Parks and Recreation Department
Line Dancing— Get up and get moving with some line for this new trip on the waters of the
dancing. Meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Oaks Room. Mississippi River during the most
B-i-n-g-o— Penny bingo meets and plays every Thursday at beautiful time of the year. Ride in
9:30 a.m. in the Sunburst Room. A penny per card, per game and comfort on a chartered motor-coach
a nickel per card for blackout games. to the dock in Dubuque and enjoy a nice relaxing and scenic fall
Blood Pressure Clinics— Held the first Thursday of the afternoon on the water. Your ticket includes a full hot 2-entree
month at 11:30 a.m. in the Sunburst Room. lunch buffet and live music entertainment. Don't wait to sign up
Fresh Conversations— This nutrition education program as these seats will fill up fast! This trip is geared towards those age
is designed to promote better eating and physical activity and 55+, but younger passengers can ride along with a guest age 55+.
includes food tastings. Held the third Thursday of the month at Fee: $65 per person
11:30 a.m. in Sunburst Room. Days/Dates: Wednesday, October 10
Pinochle— Group meets and plays every Friday at 9 a.m. in Time(s): Pick-Up @ 8:30 a.m.; Drop-Off @ 6 p.m.
the Sunburst Room.
Cruise will be 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Pick-up and Drop-Off at Lowe Park

Cruise is out of Dubuque, IA (Celebration Belle)
Registration Deadline: September 7, 2018

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A Monthly-Rental Continuing Care
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Independent Living | Assisted Living
Healthcare | Rehabilitation
TerraceGlenVillage.com | (319) 377-9000

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•Willowood Park 1855 35th Street

2018 Pool Season ☑PoYooluthRageusl9eansd & General Information

May 28–September 3 under MUST be supervised by a
responsible person age 15 or older
Weekends only from August 18–Labor Day ☑ All patrons entering the pool must pay admission
regardless of their intent to swim Pool & Splash Pads
☑ Swim diapers are required for anyone who is not toilet
Swimming Pool Regular Hours: trained. Regular diapers are not allowed in the pool. All
Monday–Friday 12:30–7 p.m. diapers must be changed in the locker rooms and NOT on
Saturday & Sunday 12:30–5 p.m. the pool deck
☑ Cut-off shorts, thongs, street clothes, and sweat pants
Hours During Session 1 Swim Lessons: are prohibited in the pool. T-shirts may be worn over
appropriate swimming attire
June 4–8 & June 11–15 12:30–4 p.m. ☑ No refunds are given if the pool closes due to weather

Daily Adult Lap Swim Hours: conditions. The pool may close if air temperatures drop or
Monday–Sunday 11a.m.–12:15 p.m. lightning is spotted. Use your discretion when coming to
Monday–Sunday (Lap Lane) 12:30 p.m.–Close the pool in these adverse conditions.
No evening lap swim during session 1 swim lessons ☑ Flotation devices are NOT permitted in the main pool
☑ Patrons are encouraged to shower before using the pool
Lap Swim Admission
Splash Pads
(11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
The Marion Parks and Recreation Department operates
(Cash or Check ONLY) 3 splash pads throughout the city. All splash pads open
All Ages $3.75/person Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Regular Pool Admission:
(Cash or Check ONLY)
Ages 3 & Under $2.75/person
Ages 4–59 $3.75/person Thomas Park—343 Marion Boulevard
Seniors (Age 60+) $2.75/person Open daily 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Season Pool Passes: Gill Park—3450 Hawthorne Street
Individual Pass $100/each Open daily 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Family Pass $190/family
Willowood Park—1855 35th Street
Purchase season passes at the Marion Parks and Recreation Open during pool hours.
offices at Lowe Park or Thomas Park, Monday–Friday,
7 a.m.–4 p.m. Passes may also be purchased during swim lesson
registration day on April 28 and at the swimming pool starting
May 28. Only cash or check accepted for payment at pool.

Family Season Pass—Includes two adults and immediate Private Pool Rentals
children that all reside at the same address. This can include
children of divorced parents who have joint custody, step- Evening rentals of the Marion Municipal Pool are available for
children, or foster children. A babysitter/nanny may be added birthday parties, neighborhood gatherings, church groups, etc. To
to your family pass for an additional $75. A babysitter is make a reservation before May 28, contact the Recreation office at
defined as a responsible adult that will bring your children to 447-3590. After May 28, contact the pool at 377-1654.
the pool and supervise them in your absence. Monday–Friday, 7:15–8:45 p.m.................................$200
Saturday–Sunday, 5:15–6:45 p.m.............................$200
Discounted Admission Days:

$2 Days ― June 17 • July15 • August 12
Pay $2 per person on these special admission days

Family Swim Special—Every Wednesday from 4:30–7
p.m. and every Sunday, 3–5 p.m. Bring the entire family for a
swim at the Marion Pool for just $12. Admission can include up
to a maximum of 2 adults and 4 children under the age of 18.
This can include grandparents bringing grandchildren. Family
rate available on Wednesday and Sunday evenings ONLY.

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•Marion Municipal Swimming Pool 377–1654

Swimming Lessons Swim Lesson Registration Day Swim Lesson Levels

S !plash (Parent/Toddler Class) CHILDREN AGE 4+
The following guidelines will help
PARENT AND CHILD AGES18 MONTHS –2 YEARS determine which level best fits your child’s
swimming ability. All children are assessed
Parent and child will work together in the water on games and activities designed to prepare the at their first lesson and may be moved to a
child for lessons. This class will be held during session 3 ONLY from 11–11:30 a.m. different level as necessary. If your child is
Limit 20 participants. between levels, please register for the lower
one. Students learn many different skills
Intro To Swim I at each level and may need more than one
session at each level to pass. These lessons
CHILDREN AGE 3 are available for children ages 4 and up.

Students learn to fully submerge face and Level 1—Students learn to fully
body, breathe rhythmically, experience
buoyancy, float on front and back, and submerge face and body, breathe
swim on front and back using arm and leg rhythmically, experience buoyancy, float
motions. This class will be held during on front and back, and swim on front and
session 3 ONLY from 11–11:30 a.m. Limit back using arm and leg actions.
20 participants.
Level 2—Students learn to float
NEW! Intro To Swim II
on front and back with glide, swim
CHILDREN AGES 10–14 a combined stroke front and back,
demonstrate rhythmic breathing, tread
Do you have an older child that has never water, and swim on side.
learned how to swim? This class allows
kids the option to learn the basics of Level 3—Participants must be able
swimming with kids their own age. This
class will be held during session 2 ONLY to stand unassisted in 3 1/2 feet of water.
from 11–11:45 a.m. Limit 20 participants. Students learn front crawl with rotary
breathing, back crawl, butterfly arm and
Marion Sharks Swim Team leg motions, a kneeling or standing dive,
survival float, and retrieve a submerged
CHILDREN AGES 6–18 object.

Open to all swimmers who are able to swim 25 yards. Participants have the opportunity to Level 4—Students work on strokes
compete against other area teams. Coached by the Marion pool staff.
Fee: $80 including front and back crawl, swim on
Days/Dates: June–July side with scissor kick, elementary back,
Time(s): Practices Monday–Friday, 6:45–8 a.m. breaststroke and butterfly. They also learn
Location: Marion Municipal Swimming Pool (Willowood Park) diving, underwater swimming, surface
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018 dives and open turns on front and back.

Level 5—Students refine the

front and back crawl, elementary back,
breaststroke, butterfly and sidestroke. They
also learn standing and shallow dives,
pike and tuck surface dives, and front and
backstroke flip turns.

Level 6—Students refine strokes

to swim with ease, efficiency, power
and smoothness over greater distances.
This level offers these personal emphasis
options: personal water safety, fitness
swimming, fundamentals of diving, and
lifeguard readiness.

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Please review the times and Sdatewsifmor eLachessesssioonntoSenseusresyiouonareSsigcninhgeyoduur lcheildsup for the correct level, time,

and session. Please note, Intro to Swim II is ONLY offered during session 2. SPLASH and Intro to Swim I are ONLY
offered during session 3. Swim lessons meet for two weeks, Monday through Friday for 45 minutes at the assigned time.

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 Swimming Lessons

June 4–15 June 18–29 July 9–20 July 23–August 3

Time Level Class # Time Level Class # Time Level Class # Time Level Class #

4:30 p.m. Level 1 A101 8:15 a.m. Level 1 A201 8:15 a.m. Level 1 A301 8:15 a.m. Level 1 A401

Level 2 A102 Level 2 A202 Level 2 A302 Level 2 A402

Level 3 A103 Level 3 A203 Level 3 A303 Level 3 A403

Level 4 A104 Level 4 A204 Level 4 A304 Level 4 A404

5:20 p.m. Level 1 B101 Level 5 A205 Level 5 A305 9:10 a.m. Level 1 B401

Level 2 B102 Level 6 A206 Level 6 A306 Level 2 B402

Level 3 B103 9:10 a.m. Level 1 B201 9:10 a.m. Level 1 B301 Level 3 B403

Level 4 B104 Level 2 B202 Level 2 B302 Level 4 B404

Level 5 B105 Level 3 B203 Level 3 B303 Level 5 B405

Level 6 B106 Level 4 B204 Level 4 B304 Level 6 B406

6:15 p.m. Level 1 C101 Level 5 B205 Level 5 B305 10:05 a.m. Level 1 C401

Level 2 C102 Level 6 B206 Level 6 B306 Level 2 C402
Level 3 C403
Level 3 C103 10:05 a.m. Level 1 C201 10:05 a.m. Level 1 C301 Level 4 C404
Level 5 C405
Level 4 C104 Level 2 C202 Level 2 C302 Level 6 C406

Level 5 C105 Level 3 C203 Level 3 C303

Level 6 C106 Level 4 C204 Level 4 C304

All swim lessons are Level 5 C205 Level 5 C305
$40 per child, per
session. Payment is Level 6 C206 11:00 a.m. SPLASH!

due at the time of 11:00 a.m. Level 1 D201 INTRO TO SWIM I

registration. Level 2 D202

Level 3 D203

INTRO TO SWIM II

Swim Lesson Registration No Waiting List Available

Registration begins April 28 at Swim Lesson Registration Day at Lowe Park. The number of students per class is limited in order to provide quality
Registrations are NOT accepted prior to this date. The line at registration day instruction and lessons for all participants. Once a class is filled, no other
can be quite long at times, so plan accordingly. After April 28, registrations are registrations will be accepted and wait-lists are NOT available.
accepted in person or by mail at the Parks and Recreation office at Lowe Park.
When registering by mail, please include a self addressed, stamped envelope Lesson Changes & Refunds
so we may confirm your class session(s) and time(s).
There is a $10 charge per lesson, per child for changes to the date(s) or time(s)
Swim Lesson Session Limits you have previously registered for. Refunds are available prior to the start of
the session, less a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be allowed after the
To allow more children the opportunity to take swim lessons, each child may session has begun.
NOT be registered for more than two sessions prior to May 11. After May 11,
you may register for additional sessions depending on availability.

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Marion Arts Council Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center Marion Arts Council
4500 N 10th Street
Marion, Iowa 52302 The Marion Arts Council meets on a monthly basis at 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 447-3590 on the second Tuesday of each month at the Lowe Park Arts
marionarts@cityofmarion.org and Environment Center. All meetings are open and the public
cityofmarion.org/artscouncil is welcome to attend.

For updates on all of our art, music and events, If you have an item that you would like to have discussed
find us on Facebook at "Marion Arts Council” by the Marion Arts Council, please email them at
marionarts@cityofmarion.org.
About

The Marion Arts Council is a seven member volunteer board
appointed by the Mayor with the mission of promoting the
importance of the arts and developing programs that maximize
public awareness of art, artists and culture.

Gallery Exhibits & Receptions Performances

Located inside the Between October and April, Coffeehouse Nights are held at
main entrance of the Arts and Environment Center at Lowe Park. These musical
the Lowe Park Arts performances feature talented local acoustic artists in a relaxed
and Environment coffeehouse-type atmosphere. Admission is free and coffee,
Center is the gallery cocoa and pastries from Wit’s End Coffeehouse are available
for Marion Arts for purchase. In addition to these indoor performances, Picnic
Council exhibits. on the Prairie outdoor musical performances will be held each
Approximately every summer at the amphitheater.
eight weeks a new
exhibit is displayed in the gallery featuring works by local and Sculpture Trail at Lowe Park
regional Iowa artists. This is a great opportunity for the citizens
of Marion and visitors to enjoy a variety of quality works of art. A paved trail segment at Lowe Park that begins at 10th Street and
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. and the first winds its way behind the Klopfenstein Amphitheater. The trail
Saturday of each month from 1–3 p.m. currently consists of four named pieces: "Liberation" (November
An artist reception is held for each exhibit on a weekday night 2012), "Ascension" (July 2013), "Disappearing Culture" (September
during the exhibit. Visitors meet the featured artists, hear them 2017), and "Prairie Revival" (October 2017). In addition to these
discuss their work and enjoy light refreshments. One wall in the focal pieces, there are a few other metal abstract sculptures that
gallery is dedicated to presenting artwork of students from local you will encounter along the Sculpture Trail. Art pieces are hand
Marion schools. A different school is featured each month from selected by a volunteer sub-committee of the Arts Council.
October through May.

Workshops

Educational and entertaining workshops have been provided
by the Marion Arts Council since its inception in 1976. Some
workshops are designed for adult education, some for children
and some for family activities. Instructors of the fine arts who
are interested in leading workshops are encouraged to contact
the Marion Arts Council at marionarts@cityofmarion.org.

2018 COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS
at Lowe Park

Associate Members & Volunteers

If you are interested in becoming an associate member of the
Marion Arts Council or want to volunteer, please e-mail
marionarts@cityofmarion.org to obtain more information.

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•Lowe Park 4500 N 10th Street

Linn County Master Gardeners Demonstration Orchard Master Gardeners

The Linn County Master Gardeners are The Lowe Park Orchard was planted by local volunteers and
a dedicated group of trained volunteers is cared for through a partnership between Trees Forever,
willing to share their horticulture Fruit TreeKeepers, the Parks and Recreation Department,
knowledge, a love of gardening, and the Linn
an enthusiasm for learning, and a County Master
commitment to helping others. Gardeners. As the
Master Gardeners are members of the trees and bushes
local community who take an active mature they will
interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, provide beauty
flowers, and gardens. They are willing to learn more and share their as they bloom in
knowledge about horticulture. Master Gardeners attend classes the spring and
taught by Iowa State University Extension staff and specialists. The produce delicious
program offers 40 hours of instruction that covers topics such as and nutritious snacks for visitors to Lowe Park as the fruit
lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and ripens. The orchard will be used for educational opportunities
shrubs, fruit crops, and houseplants. Training also covers insects, such as pruning, pest management and harvesting.
disease and weed control, soil and plant nutrition, as well as
pesticide safety. Availability and Workshops
In exchange for training, participants are
asked to volunteer 40 hours of service Master Gardeners are available at for questions
back to their local county extension and/or tours on the following schedule...
programs by the end of the calendar year
following completion of class hours. The Lowe Park Greenhouse
type of service done by Master Gardeners January–May:
includes: educating youth and the
community, answering questions on the Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–noon
"Hortline," answering horticulture related Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
questions at a booth at public events,
and planting demonstration educational Lowe Park Demonstration Gardens
garden plots. Once the 40 hours are May–September:
completed, interns become Master Gardeners and are then
required to volunteer 20 hours a year and obtain 10 educational Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.–dusk
hours a year to stay certified. Thursdays, 9 a.m.–noon

Greenhouse Taube Park Farmers' Markets
May–September:
The Lowe Park Greenhouse
is a joint project between 1st, 3rd, & 4th Saturdays of the month, 8–11:30 a.m.
the City of Marion and
the ISU Extension Linn An Evening with Master Gardeners
County Master Gardeners.
The greenhouse is used as The Linn County Master Gardeners would like to invite
a classroom for educational you to a Family Gardening for Food and Fun evening at
workshops, growing plants for 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from April
the Lowe Park demonstration through September. The evening will be an informal/
gardens, the Linn County Master Gardener Plant Sale, flowers for interactive discussion of pertinent topics followed by a snack
the Marion Parks Department and the donation of vegetable plants and beverage. Topics being considered are seed starting,
through HACAP to low income families who are supplementing container gardening, pollinators, keeping weeds and pests
their diet with home grown foods, and various other projects. at bay, harvesting and storing the garden, and putting the
garden to bed. The evening may include a walk through the
Demonstration & Discovery Gardens demonstration gardens, the orchard, or just around the Park.

The Linn County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Gardens Swamp Fox Festival
and ABC Discovery Garden at Lowe Park offer an outdoor
plant growing lab. Visit our public outdoor plant learning lab at During the City’s annual Swamp Fox Festival celebration, the
Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th Street in Marion. Twelve continuously Master Gardeners host a Seed Saving Workshop along with a
developing gardens are available for public education and tomato and pepper tasting event.
enjoyment. The gardens are accessible all day, every day. Take a
self-guided tour through the gardens using the Demonstration Holiday Arrangement
Garden brochure available at Lowe Park in the garden mail box.
During the winter season, the Master Gardeners host a
holiday arrangement workshop. Look for more information
during the fall of 2018.

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•Recreation Office 447–3590

Facility Rentals Lowe Park Arts & Environment Center GR ADUATION PARTIES

Located within the confines of beautiful Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th (May–June Reservations)
Street, the Arts & Environment Center is a multi-use facility To accommodate more families and rentals for
that is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. The graduation parties during the months of May and June
rental spaces are popular at Lowe Park, we will be limiting rentals for graduation
for graduation parties,
weddings, birthday parties to only one time period per renter.
parties, anniversaries,
baby/wedding showers, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4:30–10:30 p.m.
family gatherings, business
meetings, concerts, Alcohol is not permitted at any
workshops, retreats, and high school graduation party rental
much more. The rooms
allow for flexible set-up, so Klopfenstein Amphitheater at Lowe Park
you can have your occasion
just the way you want it. This beautiful structure (completed in 2014) is located on the
☑ Reservations must be made in person during regular office hours, north side of the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center (4500
Monday–Friday, 7a.m.–4 p.m. N 10th Street). This venue can be rented for weddings, concerts,
☑ Full payment is due upon the time the reservation is made theatrical performances, and other public or private events.
☑ Events with alcohol require an alcohol permit to be completed and Non Admission Events
approved prior to an event for an additional non-refundable $25.00 fee Amphitheater w/ NO building access......................................................$500
☑ Weekend rates for all rooms start at 4 p.m. on Friday Amphitheater w/ building access (Restrooms ONLY)..........................$750
☑ The Arts & Environment Center is a non-smoking facility Amphitheater w/ rental of entire A&E facility....................................$1,000
☑ In the event of a cancellation at the request of the renter, a refund in Amphitheater w/ rental of entire A&E facility (All Day)...................$1,500
the amount of 50% of the rental fee shall be refunded Events with Admission Fees/ Tickets
Amphitheater w/ NO building access...................................................$1,000
Whole Facility (indoors)–350 people/220 seated Amphitheater w/ building access (Restrooms ONLY)......................$1,500
Amphitheater w/ rental of entire A&E facility....................................$2,000
9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.....................................................................$500 Amphitheater w/ rental of entire A&E facility (All Day)...................$3,000
Additional Hour (Before 9 a.m. OR After 10 p.m.)..............................$100
All Day (8 a.m.–11 p.m.).......................................................................$1,000

Hickory (Includes Full Kitchen)–10-60” round tables/60 people
Red Oak (Includes Kitchenette)–8-60” round tables/48-64 people
White Oak–8-60” round tables/48-64 people

Weekdays.....................................................................................$100/3 hours
Weekends–(9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.).............................................$150
Weekends–All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)......................................................$300

The Oaks (Red+White Oak)–15-60” round tables/90-120 people

Weekdays.....................................................................................$150/3 hours
Weekends–(9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.).............................................$250
Weekends–All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)......................................................$400

Sunburst–10 small square tables/40 people

Weekdays (After 3 p.m.)...................................................................$15/hour
Weekends–(9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.).............................................$100
Weekends–All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)......................................................$150

Hickory & Sunburst–10 square, 10-60” round tables/100 people

These spaces are adjacent, but do NOT convert to one large single
space. Tables and kitchen use included as listed above with each room.
Weekends–(9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.).............................................$250
Weekends–All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)......................................................$400

Additional Fees & Rentals–In addition to room rental fees

Wired Microphone (Oaks Room Only)...................................................$25
Wireless Microphone (Oaks Room Only)..........................................$27.50
Projector........................................................................................................$50
Lectern (no charge with indoor room rental)..........................................$30
Alcohol Permit (Additional rules apply)..................................................$25

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•Lowe Park 4500 N 10th Street

PParakrpakvilPionasvairleiaovnaislable for reservations from May 1– Baseball & Softball Diamonds Facility Rentals

October 31. All pavilions feature: electricity, picnic tables, grills, Beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019, reservations for baseball/
and water available in bathrooms (except Taube Park). Trash softball diamonds will be taken at the Recreation Office at
must be placed in the containers provided on site. There are Lowe Park for 2019 field rentals. Fees must be paid at the time
other small pavilions in our park system that do not require a reservations are made. Marion Parks and Recreation has first
reservation (first come, first serve). The pavilions listed below priority of all fields and facilities and predetermines the time
can be reserved by completing the reservation process. Pavilion slots that are available for rental. Rental slots are available for 90
renters must abide by all park rules (see page 29). minutes each time slot.
Baseball/Softball Diamonds..................................................$15/90 minutes
Taube Pavilion, Taube Park–25 people
Soccer Fields
9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.......................................................................$30
All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)............................................................................$45 Soccer fields are currently first come, first serve. We do NOT
reserve the fields where the soccer goals are located. Please call
Begley #1 Pavilion, Thomas Park–75 people 447-3580 for soccer goal locations.
Begley #2 Pavilion, Thomas Park–75 people
Hanna Pavilion, Hanna Park–75 people

9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.......................................................................$60
All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)............................................................................$90

English Pavilion, Thomas Park–150 people
Depot Pavilion, City Square Park–50 people

9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.......................................................................$75
All Day (9 a.m.–10 p.m.)..........................................................................$100

Private Pool Rentals

Evening rentals of the Marion Municipal Pool are available for
birthday parties, neighborhood gatherings, church groups, etc.
To make a reservation before May 28, contact the Recreation
office at 447-3590. Beginning May 28, contact the pool directly
at 377-1654 to check availability and make a reservation.
Monday–Friday, 7:15–8:45 p.m..............................................................$200
Saturday–Sunday, 5:15–6:45 p.m............................................................$200

Thomas Park Safe Room

This non-smoking facility has seating for up to 115 guests and
includes the use of a refrigerator, microwave, and sink.

Weekends & Holidays (All Day ONLY) (9 a.m.–10 p.m.).....................$300
*Weekdays (9 a.m.–3 p.m. OR 4–10 p.m.)...............................................$150

*Weekday rentals during daytime hours (9 a.m.–3 p.m.)
are only available December 1–March 31

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Thomas Park • 343 Marion Boulevard

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luCorE rD North To Tall Grass & Weed Ordinance
Central 1 It is a violation of City code to have plants, grass,
or weeds growing uncultivated and out of control
City at a height of 8 inches or more. Five days are
allowed following notice to rectify the problem
29th AvE and bringinto compliance. If not, City will mow Parks & Trails
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eleMentary city hall 2 $40/hour, plus a $25 administrative fee.
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trailS Municipal buildingS 3 violation of the ordinance will be notified and have
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property owner at a rate of $0.85 per square foot,
plus a $25 administrative fee.
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maintenance and care of any tree located on
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of 250 professionals in addition to 250 board and
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Parks & TrailsPARK AMENITIES
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Ascension Park, 875 S 22nd Street
Boyson Park, 975 Boyson Road 6.3 • • • •• ••••• •
Butterfield Park, 29th Avenue & 35th Street 1.5 • • • ••• •
City Square Park, 1001 7th Avenue 19 • • • ••••• •
Donnelly Park, 290 W 8th Avenue 0.3 • •
Elza Park, 1645 5th Avenue 110 •
Faulkes Heritage Woods, 4• ••
Glenbrook Cove, 40 Street Drive 15 • • • •• ••••• •• ••
Hanna Park, 775 Fairview Drive 6.5 • • • ••••• • •
J.W. Gill Park, 3450 Hawthorne Street 50 • • •• •
Legion Park, 343 Marion Boulevard 12 • • • ••• ••
Lininger Park, 390 Alburnett Road 180 • • • •••• • •• ••• • ••
Lowe Park, 4500 N Tenth Street --- •
Marion Tennis Courts, 675 S 15th Street 3.5 • • ••• • •
Peg Pierce Complex, 3205 3rd Avenue 15 • • • •••• • •
Starry Park, 1480 Grand Avenue 5 • •• •••••
Taube Park, 2200 31st Street
Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard 50 • • • • • •••••••• •••••• ••
Waldo's Rock Park, 6303 Partners Avenue 7.4 • •• •• • •
Willow Park, 990 2nd Street
Willowood Park, 1855 35th Street 8• • • ••••
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TRAIL NAME DISTANCE TRAIL DESCRIPTION

Boyson Trail 2.4 Miles Crushed limestone trail that follows along the Indian Creek
Gill Park Trail
Hanna Park Fitness Trail 0.25 Mile Circular walking path around the perimeter of the park
Krumbholtz Trail
Lindale Trail --- Paved trail segment along Boyson Trail featuring a variety of handicapp accessible exercise equipment
Lowe Park Trail
Lowe Park Sculpture Trail 0.75 Crushed limestone trail from Thomas Park to Highway 100
Waldo's Rock Park Trail
1 Mile Crushed limestone trail from Lindale Drive west to C Avenue

1.25 Mile Paved trail from 10th Street to the ball diamonds by Oak Ridge Middle School

--- Paved trail segment from 10th Street through art sculptures including the Klopfenstein Amphitheater

0.25 Mile Paved circular path around the fishing pond

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Thomas Park • 343 Marion Boulevard

Oak Shade Cemetery Parks & Trails

The Marion Parks & Recreation Department manages
the beautiful and historic city-owned cemetery located
at 789 Second Avenue. Spaces may be purchased at the
Parks Administrative and Operations office at Thomas
Park. If the space is not for an immediate need, it may be
purchased on a payment plan. For more information and
current prices, please call 447-3580.
2018 Rate......................$650/space, including perpetual care

Cemetery Clean-up Dates:

All winter decorations must be removed by mid-March.
New decorations may be placed after May 14. Fall clean-up
is mid-October. Holiday decorations may be placed after
Thanksgiving.

ArtPlace America selected the City of Marion as the first in Iowa to
receive support for a placemaking project. ArtPlace, a consortium
of national foundations and financial institutions, provided the
City with $350,000 to help bring vitality to underutilized spaces
in the heart of the historic Uptown Marion Main Street District.
Marion’s Artist Selection Panel reviewed 80 regional and national
artist proposals for public art projects. They narrowed the submis-
sions down to 13 finalists and awarded contracts to nine artists,
including five from Iowa. Take a stroll through Uptown Artway,
the re-imagined gathering space.

Disc Golf Course at Legion Park

Legion Park is location on the back of Thomas Park and has a separate parking lot

Legion Disc Marion
Golf Course Football

Hole # A (ft') B (ft') Field
1 263 380
2 250 325 Thomas Park
3 312 490 Basketball Courts

4 290 530
5 285 372
6 246 301
7 261 189
8 257 292
9 284 ---
10 307 338
11 248 303
12 332 448
13 297 336
14 256 375
15 360 ---
16 295 367
17 273 362
18 496 601

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•Administr ative & Oper ations Office 447–3580

Other Programs Marion Weekly Farmers’ Market Adopt-A-Spot Program
May 5–September 29
The Marion Adopt-A-Spot
Saturdays from 8–11:30 a.m. program allows individuals
or groups to adopt identified
Taube Park, 2200 31st Street public areas. Through adoption,
The Marion Farmers’ Market offers a variety of locally grown they assume the responsibility
produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, homemade crafts, and to introduce sustainable
much more. Stop by Taube Park on Saturday mornings and management practices for the
check out all the fantastic offerings that are produced right here maintenance and beautification
in your own community. of the public areas. Areas that
If you are interested in being a vendor at the Marion Farmers’ are up for adoption include:
Market for the 2018 year, please contact the Marion Parks and a park, trail segments, green
Recreation office at 447-3590 for availability, rental rates, and space, or flower beds.
any other questions. We will begin accepting lease applications If you or a group are interested in adopting a spot, please
in early February for booths for the 2018 market. contact the Parks Administrative and Operations office at
447-3580. A staff member will explain the program and
Market Rates and Fees answer any questions. You will be given a sponsorship
application to complete and return to participate in the
All Season............................................................$125 / 22 markets program.
Drop-In..................................................................$10 / each time

Community Gardens at Lowe Park Tree Permits & Memorial Trees

Community garden plots are available for lease at Lowe Park Tree Permits―Homeowners are required to obtain a tree
(4500 N 10th Street). Plot sizes are approximately 20’ x 40’ and
can be leased for $25 for the entire season (mid April–end of permit for tree plantings in the right-of-way. This process allows
October). Depending on the spring weather, plots may not be for accurate tracking of trees that the City is responsible for and
ready until later in April. ensures proper placement and planting. A site inspection will
be performed by a department staff. An informational packet
Lease Requirements and permit may be obtained at the Thomas Park Administrative
and Operations facility during regular business hours, Monday–
☑ You MUST be a Marion resident Friday, 7 a.m.–4 p.m. or by calling 447-3580. There is no fee for
☑ Show proof of residency upon signing your lease this permit.
☑ Plots are limited to 1 plot per residential address
☑ Plots must be cleared by October 31, 2018 Memorial Tree Program—Plant a memorial tree in
For questions or plot availability, please contact the Parks and
Recreation office at Lowe Park at 447-3590. If all garden plots are honor of a loved one at Lowe Park through our Memorial Tree
leased upon time of your request, you may choose to be placed program. For more information or to purchase a memorial tree,
on our waitlist for the next available plot. Plots have been in high please contact the Parks Administrative and Operations Office at
demand over the last few years, so check early for availability. 447-3580.
Seasonal Plot.....................................................$25 / 20’ x 40’ plot Memorial Tree.............................................................................$150
Memorial Tree w/ plaque.........................................................$250

The Tree City USA program
has been greening up cities and
towns across America since 1976.
It is a nationwide movement
that provides the framework
necessary for communities to
manage and expand their public
trees. The City of Marion has
been a proud member for 24
years and counting. The Parks
and Recreation Department added an Urban Forestry
division in 2016 that currently has 2 full-time certified
arborists dedicated to managing and maintaining the quality
of the community’s green infrastructure.

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2018 City Square 2018 Klopfenstein
Park Events Amphitheater Events

Marion City Showcase Uptown Getdown Moonlit Movie Pianopalooza

May 5 August 2 • 9 • 16 • 23 May 11 July 14

Marion Arts Festival Swamp Fox Festival BBQ Rendezvous Moonlit Movie

May 19 September 29 June 2 August 10

Marion By Moonlight Fall Marion Market Picnic on the Prairie Picnic on the Prairie

June 7 • 14 • 21 • 28 September 29 June 16 August 18

Marion Community Band The Chocolate Walk Dogs of Society BrulÉ

June 12 • July 3 October 5 June 23 August 25

Uptown Markets Christmas In The Park Freedom Bike Ride Moonlit Movie

June 9 • July 14 • August 11 December 7 June 24 September 28

Marion Big Band Peppermint Walk Freedom Fest Concert Swamp Fox Festival

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