The City of Marion is working with Waters Edge Aquatic Design to perform an Outdoor Aquatic Center Feasibility Study. The study will evaluate the condition of the existing Marion Swimming Pool and collect the community’s preferences, needs and priorities for outdoor swimming.
The multi-step process includes several opportunities for input.
A public open house is planned for the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 21 to discuss existing conditions and desired features of a new aquatic center. The open house is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center, 4500 N. 10th Street. Attendees are asked to use the main entrance. There is no formal presentation and participants will be able to come and go. Distancing is encouraged and face coverings are required.
At 7 p.m. a virtual meeting will take place via Zoom. Instructions are available at www.cityofmarion.org/aquaticstudy. Consultants will provide an overview of the information shared at the open house and participants will be invited to interact using the chat function.
Additionally, an online survey is underway at www.cityofmarion.org/aquaticstudy. It will be available through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.
The Marion Swimming Pool opened in 1987. In recent years, pool attendance has declined, and the facility is experiencing ongoing and increasing maintenance issues. In 2016, through the development of the Master Park Plan, the need was identified for an updated outdoor aquatic center to serve a growing population and attract visitors. In 2018, a pool with water park-like features was the number one idea offered by residents through the ImagiNEXT community visioning process.
Engage in the process and help envision the future of aquatics in Marion.