Consistent with neighboring cities, the City of Marion has made the decision to temporarily close playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment in City parks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Parks and trails will remain open.

“Decisions like this are not made lightly,” said Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. “We have a personal responsibility to observe these closures and contribute to the well-being of our community.”

Residents are reminded to follow CDC guidelines and state recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 when using park facilities:

  • Follow social distancing standards of a minimum of six feet between you and other park users.
  • Avoid areas where 10 or more people are gathered.
  • Do not use park amenities where social distancing cannot be followed.
  • If you have been sick in the last two weeks or have a cough, fever or other flu like symptoms, stay home for your health and the safety of others.
  • Individuals 60 years of age and older, or those with underlying conditions, should stay at home to avoid potential exposures.

“Fresh air and physical activity are important to individual well-being, especially in times like these,” said AbouAssaly. “Please observe these guidelines to ensure that our community parks can remain open during these challenging times.”

Marion is home to more than 21 parks and 8 trails on over 600 acres of land.


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