Recreation Department

Susan Joyce, Recreation Program & Public Facilities Office Manager
304 Putnam Street
Marietta, OH 45750
740.373.1616 Phone
740.373.2574 Fax

Office hours are between 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The city operates sixteen parks, encompassing more than 180 acres. In addition, there is a bike and walking trail throughout the City for the public to enjoy. The municipal parks include three playgrounds/ball fields, one neighborhood playground, nine passive parks, and four other parks offering a variety of active play facilities. Playgrounds are typically equipped with swings, slides, and similar facilities. Playfields include both practice and regulation size softball fields. Playgrounds, fields, and basketball courts exist in several locations throughout the city, and the Marietta Aquatic Center is located at Indian Acres. The majority of passive parks in Marietta are orientated to the riverfront and include sites of historical significance and are generally limited to plantings, paths, and benches.

Marietta residents have access to the following sports facilities:Harbor

  • Three (double court) lighted tennis and pickleball courts (Gold Star Park and Indian Acres)
  • Three lighted basketball courts (Washington, Flanders, and Jaycee Parks)
  • Four lighted and two unlighted softball fields (Flanders Field, Buckeye and Hadley Parks)
  • Skate Park (Indian Acres)
Other facilities include:

  • One picnic shelter (Buckeye Park)
  • One performance pavilion (East Muskingum Park)
  • Fishing Pond (Buckeye Park)
  • Various picnic areas which include tables
  • Overnight boat docking (Marietta boat harbor) which includes boat rental and boat launch area (Indian Acres)
  • Shelter (Gold Star Park)
Lazy RiverMost facilities are open to the public at no charge. The Marietta Aquatic Center (MAC) requires fees. The Aquatic Center, an outdoor water park, can accommodate over 1200 swimmers during summer months. The pool hours (noon until 7:00 pm) allow lessons to be offered in the morning hours and open swim during the afternoon and early evenings. Some evenings are made available for private rental as well as public dances. The park has two water slides, pirate ship with additional slides for tots in the main pool area. There is also a lap pool, baby pool, spray ground, and a lazy river.

The majority of programs under the recreation department involve active sports, including both instruction and competitive team play. The Marietta Recreation Department offers league play in softball, and volleyball. Instructional classes are available for tennis, swimming. Other activities are provided as free play, such as swimming, concerts, music in the park, etc...

Other special event activities throughout the year include a Halloween at the Park party (a free to the public event which is attended by over 1,500 children).

Our community is blessed with many historic sites and lore for our local tourists, as we are the first organized settlement of the Northwest Territory.

Marietta welcomes you to visit our historic riverboat town and recreation areas.