Let’s Go Parking in Marion County

people sitting outside listening to music at an outdoor amphitheater

When the weather is warm and the days are long, what better way to shoot the breeze than to go parking with the people you love—Marion County style!

Check out these Marion County parks to find your favorite place to park in Marion County!

The Water Bug

For those who think summer fun means wild and wet, Marion County has a pool of park resources for those wet and wild days between Memorial Day to Labor Day! Pay per day or get a season pass for the whole family to enjoy all summer long!

12th Street Pool
12th Street PoolHead down to 12th Street Pool for some swimming fun—you won’t find a better place to beat the heat of summer!

This historical location offers a cool refresher for kids or adults for the basic beginner to the advanced swimmer.

Your favorite people can help you celebrate your birthday by getting all wet with an evening pool party!

East Marion Park and Pavilions
12th st poolMake memories with an all-inclusive family fun day, head on out to East Marion Park and catch some waves with us!

Appalachia has its own beach with our legendary wave pool and water slide. Along with tennis courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts, softball fields, and mini-golf, you will have plenty of time to grab snacks from the concessions near the pool and spend the day enjoying the sun.

Or, bring your four-legged friend along for a day at FIDO’s Backyard, where Scruffy and his pals can romp, play and run in a fenced-in puppy paradise!

The Mannington Pool at Hough Park
ManningtonPoolMake a splash at the Mannington Pool this summer with family fun near the fairgrounds!  After getting water-logged and wet, dry off by playing a basketball game at the courts with your friends and family.

Bring along a soccer ball or hockey stick for your favorite game on the multi-use field, and enjoy the breeze before you head to bed knowing you burned your park calories for the day!

The Family Gatherer

For those summer days when the family can sit back, relax and tell stories of days gone by, check out these picnic destinations!

Hutchinson Park
This community park located on the West Fork River Rail Trail is perfect for a day with the parents, grandparents and all the extended family!

With a kiosk, water fountain and newly-renovated playground for the kids, get ready for a summer night of sweet tea and sweeter memories at the park!

Worthington Park

Worthington Park

For out-of-the-way family fun, grab your favorite people and head out to Worthington Park!

Grab our signature pepperoni rolls and some southern sweet tea for a picnic and make a day at this waterfront park near the majestic dam.

Challenge the family to a dueling softball game, horseshoe tournament or who can catch the most fish, and end the evening with fish stories and s’mores around the firepit!

The Outdoor Adventurer

For those who dare to explore the natural world, come explore our native neighborhood parks.

Curtisville Lake
Curtisville LakeCamp out and sleep in at the peaceful property surrounding Curtisville Lake!  

With spots for both RVs and primitive camping, you can grab the family and some sweet treats for smores fun!

For those who prefer the daytime adventure, go fishing at the lake, hike and bike on the walking trails, or use a non-motorized boat to catch a fish or two!

Guyes Run Fishing Park
For kid-friendly fishing at a cheap price, grab a bobbin and a pole and come catch some catfish or bass at Guyes Run.

With two ponds for catch and release, you’re sure to find a spot to park your gear and see what fish are near.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the ADA picnic area and grills and feast your eyes on the beautiful view!

Morris Park

Tournament at the Seth Burton Disc Golf Complex - Morris Park

Hang out with the birds as you nature watch and walk at Morris Park!

With 112 acres of beautiful forests and wildlife galore, your day can begin with a peaceful walk through the wilderness.

After enjoying the peace and quiet, you can also test your athletic prowess at the basketball court, tennis courts or disc golf course or swing around with your littlest monkeys at the playground!

The Sports Enthusiast

For those who know there’s no such thing as off-season, check out these sport-lover locations for athletic fun!

Mary Lou Retton Youth Park
MLR ParkGo for the gold at this park named after Fairmont’s own Olympic athlete!

These swinging 25 acres include five baseball fields, one football field, a basketball court and a playground with swings.

Home to the Fairmont Senior High School baseball team, Fairmont Little League, American Youth Football Association, and Fairmont State University’s home field, there’s enough sports going on here to satisfy the kid and kid at heart.

Then, grab a picnic and relive the day—play by play!

Windmill Park
Wind up your best pitch at the Windmill Park mixed-use playing fields!

From soccer to football to frisbee, feel free to grab a group and head out to the park for recreational sports at their finest!

You might catch a game of the local softball teams or youth soccer players or meet some fellow sports enthusiasts ready to join in a game you create!

Check out the concession stand and playground for more playing time and parking fun!

The Entertainment Specialist

For those who like the leisure of park views and entertainment relaxation, head to these hopping locations for summer events!

Palatine Park
Counting-down-the-days-to-the-June-1st-opening-of-the-SplashPark-PalatineParkCrank up the beats and tune out the heat at Palatine’s festival treats this summer!

With a large bandstand and plenty of festivals to choose from, each weekend in your summer can be a Palatine playday!

Take the kids to play in the Splash Pad or grab your boat and set sail on the Monongahela River from the single access ramp.

Keep checking back for free movie nights and music shows throughout the summer, and come out every Sunday to discover your new treasures from the weekly flea market!

Veteran’s Square
First FridayFor family fun, park yourself downtown every first Friday of the month!

Fairmont’s First Fridays at Veteran’s Square bring local musicians, artists and vendors out to entertain and excite the whole family! With access to the best coffee of the area at Joe n’ Throw and the best tunes of the county, you’ll mark your calendar in advance for these events!

Then, on Tuesdays, get ready to grab your fresh picnic supplies from the weekly Farmer’s Market!

For community fun for families around Marion County, check out these playground parks for a pre-nap swing, a best friend tennis tournament or a neighborhood basketball game:

Gateway Connector Park, 5th Street Park, Bellview Park, Morgantown Avenue Park, Norwood Park.

Rachel Ellis

Rachel Ellis

No matter where you park yourself this summer in Marion County, make sure to snap a shot for the scrapbook as you remember your picture-perfect summer!

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