Marion Garden Club & Park District Celebrate Earth Day

Members of Marion Garden Club and Marion Parks and Recreation Department gathered at Pyramid Park on Friday, April 28, 2017, to celebrate Arbor Day. A Yellow Birch tree, which was planted by the Park District, was dedicated in a ceremony led by Club member Barbara Koller. At the end of the program, Ashley Gott, President of the Parks and Recreation Board, thanked garden club members for their work in partnering to plant and maintain the entrance beds at the City’s parks. He noted Club members have always been willing to help with their special projects.


Director of Parks and Recreation Jack Reed agreed with Gott and said that his goal since becoming Director has been to gain more community involvement. He reported that the Parks have plenty of Oaks and Maples and his goal now is to diversify the variety of trees.


The Park District has placed new entrance signs at all the City parks. A new bed has been created by the flagpole at the Scout Cabin, and the bed at the entrance to Ashley Park has been expanded. In cooperation with the Park District, Marion Garden Club members will be planting, watering, and weeding those beds along with entrance planters at Russell Street Park, Pyramid Park, and two at Ray Fosse Park, plus 10 large flower pots at the Aquatics Center: the Park District pays for the plants.


Information about the Marion Parks and Recreation Department can be found on their Facebook, Marion Park District, or their website at Marion Garden Club is affiliated with District VII, Garden Clubs of Illinois, Inc. and Central Region, National Garden Club, Inc. and maintains a website at