Several changes have been implemented to Marion’s park system in recent weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

High-touch and high-traffic areas such as the playgrounds, fitness trail equipment, skatepark, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts have all been closed. All schools throughout Marion have taken similar action to discourage youth and adults from congregating.

Park staffing and maintenance activities have also been reduced. As a result, the Marion Parks and Recreation Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping community parks and trails clean by carrying out any garbage that is brought into the park system.

“These are extraordinary times. While our parks, trails, and disc golf course remain open, it is critical for park users to observe posted signage and follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines,” said Mike Carolan, director of Marion Parks and Recreation. “Keep groups to 10 or fewer and always have a minimum of 6 feet between you and other people. Together, we will get through this.”

Previously scheduled recreation programs occurring during the month of April have been cancelled. This includes youth, family, and senior activities. Marion Boys Baseball and Peg Pierce Girls Softball have delayed the start of the season until further notice. Swim Lesson Registration Day will be rescheduled. Find the full listing of impacted programs at


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