Hard work has gone into maintaining the natural beauty of the Central Park, located just east of our Central Business District, which has been a fixture of Marion since its founding. All improvements, including playground equipment, and a gazebo which contains public restroom and a small stage, have been strategically placed to blend with their surroundings.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Just a short drive (30 miles) from Marion, through scenic Flint Hills vistas, is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The preserve, a public/private partnership with the Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service, protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. The nearly 11,000-acre park includes 41 miles of hiking trails, a bison herd, limestone buildings from the original working ranch, and a visitor’s center.