The Capital Campaign for a New Regional YMCA in Marion

A project made possible by the contributions of the City of Marion and over 260 businesses, individuals and families.


Even though the building has opened, we still need your help! The campaign continues to work towards its remaining $1.5M goal.
Please consider a multi-year pledge by downloading and completing a pledge form, or a tax deductible donation online to the project.

Quality of life matters.

This multi-purpose facility is designed as a community center to meet recreational, wellness and social needs of residents in Marion and surrounding communities.

From 30,000 sq. ft...

  • One regulation football-size outdoor field
  • One full-size basketball court
  • Six-lane lap pool
  • Less than 1,500 sq. ft. of fitness space

To 75,000 sq. ft!

3740 Irish Drive, Marion, IA 52302

  • Two regulation football-size outdoor fields
  • Three full-size basketball courts
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Healthy living café
  • Leisure pool
  • Six-lane lap pool
  • Hot tub, capacity of 12
  • Indoor running track
  • More than 7,000 sq. ft. of fitness space





Reorganization of YMCA as a Metropolitan Association occurs


Imagin8, a community visioning process of the City of Marion, proposes completing eight projects within the next 10 years, including a “functions & fitness” facility for Marion residents.


The Hall-Perrine Foundation announces a matching $2M contribution to the project.


Farmers State Bank and the Neighbor Family pledge a lead gift of $500,000 to the project.

May, 2017

The Armstrong Trust announces a $200,000 gift to the project.

November, 2017

YMCA names and begins building’s design with OPN as the architectural partner.

January, 2018

Scheel’s All Sports in Coralville, IA pledges a donation of $250,000 to the project.

August, 2018

YMCA selects Knutson Construction as the General Contractor and partner for the new Marion YMCA.

December, 2019 - February, 2020


After the groundbreaking ceremony, site prep work is finished and foundations are installed.

March, 2020


All foundations for the building are installed and the building’s pre-cast walls are delivered and installed on-site!

April, 2020


Pre-cast wall installation continues as structural steel is also installed for the roof of the building.


Located along the Tower Terrace commercial corridor and future center of Marion

Countless Community Benefits...

A full partnership with the Marion Parks & Recreation Department

will provide enhanced and increased program offerings for all community residents.

A state-of-the-art community center for all residents to meet, connect and play.

The entry lobby and social stairs will enable members to hang out before or after a workout to re-energize and connect with friends and neighbors.  The first floor community room provides ample area for viewers of swimming classes, a cafeteria for the connected healthy café and a space for birthday parties.

A place for families and friends to stay active and fit during all seasons

with a six lane lap pool, separate warm water pool and an indoor 1/8th of a mile soft-surface running track.  Over 7,000 square feet of fitness equipment, including a wide-variety of cardio/weight machines, free weights and a multi-use QueenAx™ “adult playground”.

Gym space is highly sought after throughout the Eastern Iowa region, especially in Marion.

Three high-school size basketball courts will expand the options for regional basketball/volleyball leagues and tournaments.  There’s also space for a future fourth gym expansion.

The YMCA will be located along the Tower Terrace Road commercial corridor

which connects the northern part of the region.  It will be situated with easy access to existing outdoor field space at Gill and Lowe Parks and positioned near the future geographical center of Marion.

A social services provider contributing many opportunities for at-risk kids to better themselves.

including a spacious, safe and healthy play area operated by trained YMCA staff.

This state-of-the-art facility will further enhance the quality of life in Marion and boost neighboring property values.

The multi-generational  space will support people of all ages, whether they were born and raised here or wish to make Marion the place they call home.

To learn more about how YOU can become more involved with this project, please contact:
Sara Mentzer, Director of Development at (319) 538-8296