Miles for Marion 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017. Race registration begins at 9am and the 5K will begin at 10 am at the former Marion Rec Center, 240 W. Church St. in Downtown Marion.
3rd Thursdays in Downtown Marion are family-friendly evenings that include a free concert, local art displays, food offerings from the Downtown Marion Market, and a beer garden area.
Cherry Blonde will provide the live music for the July 20, 2017 event.
Come join the fun from 6pm to 9pm in Downtown Marion, Ohio!!
Deadline extended to April 30!
Downtown Marion is taking flight on the wings of Cardinals! We are excited to announce seventeen variously adorned statues of cardinals will soon add some artistic flair to our downtown streetscape through the Cardinal Project. Envisioned and led by Dean Jacob, president and CEO of Marion Community Foundation and lifelong resident of Marion, along with a team of interested community members, this grass roots art project sponsored by Downtown Marion, Inc., will be the first of its kind in Marion, Ohio.
The statues are all being created and donated by local sculptor and artist, Merle Randolph. The Cardinal was chosen because it is Ohio’s state bird and the number seventeen was selected because Ohio is the seventeenth state in the Union.
With the financial support of the Marion Rotary Club and many other community partners donating their time, talent, and materials, the cardinals, all uniquely adorned, will be placed throughout downtown beginning later this year.
Several cities across the country have similar works of art displayed in their communities. This effort is special and unique for Marion mostly because it is completely a community effort. The sculpting, the artwork, the artists, the materials, and the installation will all be supplied and donated by members of the Marion community.
If you or someone you know would like to submit an artistic design for consideration, this is your chance to have your artwork on permanent display downtown. All the details about this exciting project are in the Artist’s Packet and Design Rules.
All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2017.
We look forward to reviewing your submissions and hopefully seeing your creative designs on the streets of Marion!
From The Marion Star
A positive collision between community revitalization and outreach ministry is happening in Marion.
Volunteers from Marion First Church of the Nazarene, Downtown Marion, Inc., and Buckeye Ridge Habitat for Humanity are joining forces to help remake neighborhoods surrounding downtown Marion through the Paint the Town initiative. This is the second year for the project, according to organizers.
Rev. Gregg Parkman, outreach and young adult pastor at Marion First Church of the Nazarene, said Paint the Town grew out of conversations with members of the Lower Downtown of Marion committee, also known as LoDo.
“We were talking about different ways we could do a face lift of the downtown area,” Parkman said. “We were at a men’s breakfast one day here at the church, and looking out the back window of the church at a house. We said, ‘You know, that’s a good house, it just needed a little paint.’ We decided to start going out on some of the blocks and looking at houses that we felt maybe we could help out.”
Parkman said the group decided to lend assistance to homeowners that actually occupied the houses and not to renters.
“Last year, we painted two houses on Blaine Avenue,” he said. “This year, we’re painting a house on Olney Avenue. Some of our church folks are getting together and we’re going to paint this house.”
Vaughn Sizemore, Downtown Marion’s community development consultant, said it’s vital to preserve the character of the neighborhoods in and around Marion’s downtown district.
To learn more about Paint the Town and how you can get involved, click here.