Marion is located on Interstate 55, four miles north of the I-55/I-40 junction, and only eleven miles northwest of Memphis, Tennessee. Located on the east side of the state, we are approximately 135 miles east of Little Rock, Arkansas. Marion was founded in 1836 and is the county seat of Crittenden County.
Recreation activities in Marion center on church and youth activities, with the city’s 100-plus acre recreation complex at the heart of the spring, summer, and fall recreation picture. Youth sports programs include the Marion Youth Sports Association (baseball, football, basketball and soccer), the Marion Amateur Softball Association (softball), Junior and Senior Babe Ruth (baseball), the American Legion (baseball), as well as the East Arkansas Lady Lakers (AAU basketball) which all provide competitive venues for more than 2,000 youngsters each year. The new recreation complex offers three softball fields and two baseball fields, with space already prepared to develop another five fields; four other T-ball and baseball fields are located in K&R Park in downtown Marion, while two more softball fields are located at Colonial Park. The high school baseball field also doubles as the home of senior Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball in the summer. In addition, Marion First Baptist Church offers a basketball league.
The Marion parks system also offers walking trails, a fishing lake, a skate park, playgrounds and passive green space for picnicking or other outside activities. A nature trail with interpretive kiosks follows the bank of Marion Lake, an old Mississippi River chute.
Church activities focus around more than a dozen congregations representing the Baptist, Methodist, Church of God, Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Anglican and Church of God in Christ. There are Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches in West Memphis. The nearest synagogue is in Memphis.
The Marion Golf and Athletic Club offers an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, and a swimming pool for members. Two other fitness centers are located in the city.
Other entertainment venues are readily available in downtown Memphis including movies, concerts, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Opera Theater, the Memphis Ballet Theatre, the Orpheum theater Broadway touring season, and Beale Street. Last, but certainly not least, are AutoZone Park, home of the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds, FedEx Forum basketball arena, home court to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers. All are within a 20-minute drive of Marion.