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GOLF
Kokopelli Golf Club

1527 Champions Dr.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997.5656
www.kokopelligolf.com

• Ranked 2012 “Best Places to Play in Illinois” by Golf Week magazine
• Host to 2012 Illinois State Amateur Event and PGA Junior Series Event
• Residential community course
• 18 holes, par-71
• Practice and instructional facilities
• Driving range
• Golf Pros
• Full-service golf shop
• Clubhouse with full-service restaurant & bar
• Banquet facilities with event coordinator on staff

RECREATION CENTER
The HUB Recreation Center
917 W. Main St.
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997.2HUB (2482)
www.thehubmarion.com

The HUB is an indoor recreation center presented by the City of Marion where activities like swimming, exercising, and playing sports radiate throughout the 70,000-square-foot facility. Members and guests have access to the following: An unmatched fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, the Heartland Regional Aquatics Center complete with a waterslide, lap pool, therapy spa and lazy river, the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson Gymnasium, an indoor track, on-site child watch, group fitness classes, birthday party rooms, swim lessons, camps, leagues and more! Stop by today and find out how you can make The HUB part of your universe.

Marion Park District Aquatic Center
500 East DeYoung
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/marion-park-district-aquatic-center

The Marion Park District’s Aquatic Center is located at 500 East DeYoung Street.

PARKS
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

8588 Route 148
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 997.3344
www.fws.gov/midwest/craborchard

Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Crab Orchard NWR was established in 1947. This 44,000-acre Refuge fulfills its mission as a multiple-use area with the blending of wildlife conservation, recreation, agriculture and industry. The combination of these purposes makes Crab Orchard NWR one of the more unique Refuges in the Nation.

Crab Orchard NWR provides habitat for native wildlife and opportunities for people to observe and appreciate wildlife and the outdoor environment. The Refuge has three major bodies of water (Crab Orchard, Devil’s Kitchen and Little Grassy Lakes), with approximately 9,000 surface acres. These lakes attract anglers, hunters, campers, bird watchers, and boaters from all over the Midwest. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, swimming, photography, picnicking and outdoor educational activities.

Shawnee National Forest
50 Highway 145 S.
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253.7114
www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee

The Shawnee National Forest (NF) provides scenic views, abundant recreational opportunities and sites of historic value. Activities include picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, biking, rock climbing, and hunting.

In the spring, Shawnee NF is noted for wildflower viewing and mushroom gathering. In the fall, Shawnee displays an amazing array of fall colors. Catch a glimpse of history at one of Shawnee’s historic sites, including Millstone Bluff, Illinois Iron Furnace, Lincoln Memorial, Trail of Tears and Miller Grove, as well as many small historic family cemeteries. Popular places include Garden of the Gods, Pounds Hollow, Lake Glendale, Oakwood Bottoms, LaRue Pine Hills and seven designated wilderness areas.

Cache River State Natural Area
930 Sunflower Ln.
Belknap, IL 62908
(618) 657-2064
http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/CacheRiver.aspx

Cache River State Natural Area is situated in southernmost Illinois within a floodplain carved long ago by glacial floodwater of the Ohio River. When the Ohio River adopted its present course, it left the Cache River to meander across rich and vast wetlands. Among the outstanding natural features are massive cypress trees whose flared bases, called buttresses, exceed 40 feet circumference. Many are more than 1,000 years old, including one that has earned the title of state champion bald cypress because of its huge trunk girth, towering height and heavily branched canopy.

The Cache River State Natural Area holds onto some of the highest quality aquatic and terrestrial natural communities remaining in Illinois. Wetlands within this area are so important to migratory waterfowl and shorebirds that in 1996 the Ramsar Convention collectively designated them a Wetland of International Importance, only the 19th wetland in the United States to receive the distinction.

The site offers a wide array of recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing and seasonal hunting programs.

Visit the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center to learn more about the region’s natural wonders.

Ferne Clyffe State Park
Route 37, P.O. Box 10
Goreville, IL 62939
(618) 995-2411
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r5/ferne.htm

Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing visitors to view fascinating rock formations and inspiring vistas. Ferne Clyffe also offers camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing.

Located on Illinois Route 37, just one mile south of Goreville and 12 miles south of Marion, the 2,430-acre Johnson County park is easily accessible from both I-57 and I-24.

Marion Park District
519 Parish Avenue
Marion, IL 62959
(618) 993-3940
marionparks.com

The Marion Park District was established on July 15, 1957. As of 2014, the district serves approximately 17,500 residents who live within the district’s taxing limits.

The park district currently owns and provides services at seven park locations covering approximately 112 acres. We are a member of Illinois Association of Park Districts. There are seven full-time employees, including the director of parks and recreation. During peak Season, the District employs 40 additional workers to provide necessary service and support for park operations and recreation programs.

The district maintains facilities early spring through late fall for sports associations and clubs; sponsors an annual triathlon; and collaborates with other organizations in providing its best to the community.

Ashley Park
519 Parish Avenue
Marion, IL 62959
(618 )993-3940
marionparks.com/ashley-park

Ashley Park is near the South side of Marion. The Park sits in a residential area on the North side of Boyton Street and East of Virginia Street.

In the Park District’s Administrative Office is located here with the entrance located on the West end of the Boy Scout Cabin.

This location is also where you can attend a Park Board Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month. (except for revised dates) A Bulletin Board located at the entrance of the Administrative office displays postings of meeting dates, agendas and other pertinent information.

The Boy Scout Cabin (rental), Girl Scout Cabin (rental), large picnic shelter(rental), small picnic shelter, restrooms, playground equipment, basketball court, and large open fields welcome all who visit. (10 acres.) Many plans are being made for the open available property in Ashley Park.

The Scout cabins located in Ashley Park are available for rent. The Boy Scout Cabin has central heating and a/c. There are ten(10) – 8 ft. banquet tables and seating for 100. It has a warming kitchen which includes a full size refrigerator/freezer, microwave and full size electric range/oven. Also inside the cabin are men’s and women’s restroom facilities. The Girl Scout Cabin is smaller and has enough room for approximately 50 persons seated using the five(5) – 8 ft. banquet tables. It also has a warming kitchen and restroom facility.

John W. Jones Park
501 W. Gent Street
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/john-w-jones-park

John W. Jones is located near the City of Marion’s Boyton Street Community Center south of Marion. The neighborhood park is located at Gent and S. Monroe Street. It has two lighted basketball courts. A picnic shelter, outdoor grills, restrooms and playground are available for the residents to enjoy. This is a KaBoom grant partnership park.

Marion Soccer Complex
1700 East Main Street (George Sims Road)
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/marion-soccer-complex

The Marion Soccer Complex is located at 1700 E. Main Street (George Sims Road)

It has a total of 14 soccer fields both lighted and non-lighted. It is the site the annual Whirlwind Soccer Tournament. The site has extensive parking, two shelters, a concession stand, two restrooms facilities and playground for residents to enjoy. The park is bordered on the east with our irrigation pond and a nature area. The Marion Park District provides services in this park to Soccer Marion Incorporated for programming.

Pamela Park
409 Charlotte Road
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/pamela-park/

Pamela Park is a quaint neighborhood park located 2 blocks west of S. Carbon St. on Charlotte Road. This park has playground equipment appropriate for smaller children.

Pyramid Park
1300 Bevabeck Drive
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/pyramid-park

The 33 acre park is active with our Skate Park centrally located. It also has two softball fields with ample parking and restrooms. A playground is located near the shelter with outdoor grills available for your picnic enjoyment. There are two restroom locations. A large open marshland and wildlife area are located on the eastern portion of the park.

Russell Street Park
605 Russell Street
Marion, IL 62959
marionparks.com/russell-street-park

Russell St. Park has four lighted tennis courts for enthusiasts or competitors. The lights automatically turned off at 11:00 PM. The Park District’s tennis classes and clinics are offered at this location. Two shelters, a playground for all ages and restrooms are available for everyone to enjoy.

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