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2017 All-Star Community Award
by Report submitted · August 10th, 2017

If anyone needed proof as to how Marion is aiming to reach higher, the city has been named a recipient of the 2017 All-Star Community by the Iowa League of Cities. The award was in recognition of the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts at Lowe Park located at 4500 N. 10th Street. The city will be recognized at an Awards Banquet at the League's Annual Conference and Exhibit, held in Davenport from Sept. 27 through 29.

According to the City of Marion's press release, the All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the League to cities. Entries are judged by a panel of former city officials and others familiar with municipal government. Judges determine winners based on innovative efforts in areas such as urban renewal, development, preservation, collaborative efforts or quality of life improvements. Marion was among three of Iowa's 945 cities to garner such recognition.

Known as the hidden gem of Marion, the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts was completed in 2014. The venue, managed by Marion's Parks and Recreation Department, features a 50-foot stage, intricate tile work on the front of the stage, and a canopy of six oak leaves sculpted from Corten steel.

"We pride ourselves on an unequaled quality of life," said Marion Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly. "This amphitheater is another example of how our city has reached higher to create a venue that is unlike any other. I commend the Marion Chamber of Commerce, all the donors and community volunteers, and our city government for giving our community this amazing gathering space and performance venue."

This year's other All-Star Community Award winners are Center Point and Washington.
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