Welcome to Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission (MCPARC)!

Our mission here at MCPARC is to provide you with quality park and recreation areas for all of your leisure activities.

From today's forecast to upcoming events, we wish to extend our mission through the MCPARC website by providing you with all of the information you need on our park and recreation areas. 



  • Fame Series at Palatine Park

    Fame Series at Palatine Park - MCPARC is organizing a free summer concert and arts series at the newly renovated Palatine Park.  The "Fairmont Arts and Music Entertainment series will begin on Saturday June 7th.  Vendors, artisans and a variety of entertainment including free movie nights will be available through September.  Contact the MCPARC office for a "FAME" summer schedule. 

  • Geocaching

    Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit.  Within the many parks and trails we manage you can find hidden treasure. Not the gold and silver that wayward pirates might have lost but something just as fun to find. Geocaching is a fun and exciting, family friendly activity that you can participate in year-round.

Category: Featured News

The Guyses Run Fishing Park is open four days a week until mid-October with excellent fishing opportunities. Hours of operation are Saturdays 2:00pm - 10:00pm – Sundays 1:00pm – 5:00pm – Wednesdays (children are free) 4:00pm – 8:00pm – Fridays 6:00pm – 10:00pm. No fishing license is required and all fish are catch and release except for the trout.

Category: Featured News

Come with MCPARC to the Kentucky Derby and Festival!  Trip will be Thursday April 30 - Sunday May 3, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Download complete information here Kentucky Derby Info PDF

Category: News

  • Rails to Trails

    MCPARC will be receiving a notice to proceed this fall for a $75,000 Recreational Trails Grant. Funds will go towards re-decking and adding railings to the 504' Norway Trestle on the West Fork River Ralph S Larue Trail.

  • Oglebay Festival of Lights Trip

    MCPARC will be going to Wheeling, WV on November 22, 2014 to the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights. Download complete information here

  • Movie Nights at the Parks

    MCPARC will be teaming up with the Marion County Library and the City of Fairmont to provide movie in the park nights at locations across the county.  Schedule to be determined, please contact MCPARC.


Category: Newsflash

  • Disc Golf

    MCPARC is pleased to announce that in 2004 we assisted with the creation of this area's first Disc Golf course. This first involved creating a course layout at Morris Park, weaving through the the gentle hills and massive trees of this quaint little park. The City of Fairmont has enthusiastically given their support for establishing the challenging and fun game, one that all ages can get involved in. The WVDGA has recently completed the 18-hole challenging woods course entitled “Orange Crush”. The 36-hole disc golf course complex offers multiple tee boxes and pin locations throughout. For updated tournament information and course activities check out the West Virginia Disc Golf Association.

  • K-3 Basketball League

    MCPARC K-3 Basketball League - MCPARC will hold the 9th season of the Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Basketball League starting in November of 2014.  Sign-ups will be in October.  Download Registration Form here

  • Fido's Backyard

    As of May 31, 2010, MCPARC is pleased to announce that the first dog park in Marion County has opened! Thanks to FIDO, (Fairmont Interested Dog Owners) there is now a four acre off-leash area dedicated to the dogs and their owners for their enjoyment.  The new park, titled FIDO’s Backyard, features a double gated entry, separate fenced-in areas for smaller dogs and larger dogs, benches, a wooded area, and a nearby picnic area.

    FIDO’s Backyard is located at the north end of East Marion Park near Pavilion #5, just past the basketball courts. Follow the Dog Park signs for more convenient parking. Pet owners are asked to please clean up after and take full responsibility of your pet.  
    About FIDO:

    FIDO is a group of dog owners formed in Fairmont, West Virginia, in order to develop dog parks in the Fairmont and surrounding Marion County areas. We hope to provide recreational areas for dog owners and their pets as well as promote dog-friendly activities in our community.

    For further information about FIDO and how they got this Backyard waggin’ its tail, check out their website:

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