If you are looking for outdoor activities, Marshall's eight city parks are the place to be! Marshall's beautiful park system provides facilities the entire family can enjoy throughout the year.


Justice Park Freedom Park Liberty Park Legion Field Independence Park Wayside Rest Park Memorial Park Softball Complex
Shelter House X X X X
Playground Equipment X X X X X X
Restrooms X X X X X X X
Cooking Grills X X X X

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Concession Stands X X X
Trails for Hiking & Biking X X X X X
Aquatic Center X
Soccer Fields X X
Sand Volleyball Courts X X X X
Baseball Fields X X X
Tennis Courts X X
Basketball Courts X X X
Softball Fields X X X X
Sliding Hills X X
Rolle Bolle Courts X
Horse Shoe Pits X

Pleasure Skating Rink / Warming Hours

Children's Fishing X
Boards and Blades Skate Park X

Marshall Aquatic Center

Fun is just a splash away at the Marshall Aquatic Center, with a 190 foot water slide and three pools to entertain every age. Plunge into the diving well, swim laps or just enjoy a leisurely dip with friends.

For the younger set, play under the bubbler in the shallow pool, or check out the playground area filled with sand volleyball, relax on a deck chair or equipment just for preschoolers. If a stroll past the concession stand stocked soaking up the sun is your passion, play with your summertime favorites.

The Aquatic Center is available for private parties and corporate nights and also features youth and family nights along with open swimming. Call Marshall Community Services at (507) 537-6767 for more information or to make reservations.

Aquatic Center Features

  • 190-foot Aqua Trail Water Slide
  • Three-pool complex (heated water in all pools): Main pool, diving well & shallow pool
  • Diving well with two one-meter boards & one 3-meter board
  • Shallow pool Mushroom & Bubbler
  • Playground area for children age 6 and under
  • Handicapped accessible
  • Concessions stand and shaded patio areas

Adjoining recreation areas include tennis courts, baseball field, softball fields, shelter house, picnic areas, playground equipment, trail system along the Redwood River.

Boards and Blades Skate Park

The Boards and Blades Skatepark is located next to the Marshall Aquatic Center at American Legion Field, 400 West College Drive (Hwy 19 West).

It is the newest recreation opportunity to the Marshall area for youth ages 8 years and older. The park features three skate zones to accommodate all levels of skaters, and 10,000 square feet of skate area with on-site supervision.

Boards & Blades is a designated Tier 2 skate park which has features with heights greater than 48 inches. Safety equipment rentals available. Summer hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily; spring (April & May) and fall (September & October) hours are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Hours subject to change based on participation and weather conditions.) Admission fees are charged.

Skate Park Features

  • On-site supervision
  • Three skate zones designed to accommodate all levels of skaters
  • 10,000 square feet of skate area
  • Full concession stand
  • Designated Tier 2 skate park which has features with heights greater than 48 inches
  • Safety equipment rentals available
    Helmets $1.00
    Pads (elbow, knee, wrist) $1.00
    Skateboards $2.00
  • Restrooms available
  • Security baskets available at MAC front desk - $.50 charge

Skate Park Equipment

  • One of a kind 100 foot berm featuring 70 feet of 5-foot high launch bowl area with coping
  • Additional apparatus includes:

A. 5' Half Pipe
B. 2' 6” Half Pyramid with Grind Rail, Ledge, and Manual Pad (Advanced Fun Box)
C. Three 5' Bank Ramps (Various Slopes)
D. Step Pad
E. Seven Ground rails (Round, Square and Kinked)
F. Quarter Pipe 4' tall 12' wide

*Note: All apparatus is covered by the latest in skate surfaces Skatelite Pro

Southwest Minnesota Bird Watching

Unique terrain and climate make Southwest Minnesota home to a number of the most successful birding sites in the state. Visits to Camden State Park, Lake Shetek State Park, Lac Qui Parle State Park, and Blue Mounds State Park are a must for the serious birder. While at it's best during migration, birding in these four parks and surrounding areas is fruitful in all seasons. During your visit you are likely to spot Upland Sandpipers, Sedge Wrens, and Blue Grosbeaks as well as numerous species of waterfowl.

Rare birds such as the Ferruginous Hawk or Mountain Bluebird are also a possibility. With it's convenient central location to these four parks, Marshall is an ideal overnight headquarter for your journey. Featuring seven hotels including a bed and breakfast, and a great selection of restaurants and shops, Marshall contains every amenity needed for a stay in Southwest Minnesota. We invite you to utilize our links for some more in depth birding information and directions to these parks. Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you.

Birding Locations

Singing Wings

Singing Wings is a collection of material related birds and birding in Southwest Minnesota. Content includes topics such as ideas on taking field notes, local birding location guides, and a detailed assessment of useful plants for inviting birds to your [hardiness zone 4] backyard. I use this site to share information/provide support to participants in classes and presentations I've done. The material is free for use to enhance your bird watching experiences. Enjoy!

Gislason NWR

On the Lincoln-Lyon County Border, Gislason Lake and the surrounding upland acres has was designates a National Wildlife Refuge in 2010. This land is a most welcome addition to Southwest Minnesota. Combined with Sioux Prairie WMA to the Southeast, birders could spend an entire day searching this complex for nesting species indicative of the prairie pothole region. There is good woodlands to the north (not part of the NWR) and suitable woodlands on the NWR property. A close wetland rounds out this area a destination location for birders. Not far from this location in 2008, Whooping Cranes spotted over for a brief time in the fall.

As management objectives continue to be implemented, this complex will no doubt experience changing migratory species, but the nesting activity should become stable in short time.

Wayside Rest Park

"Good birding in 30 minutes or less." should be the slogan for this park. Wayside park offers good birding for those who are visiting Marshall, but who do not have enough time for a trip away from city limits. There is suitable woodland here to trap migrants, and play host to nesting Eastern Screech Owl, and about 20 acres of tallgrass prairie for grassland birds - especially during migration. Fall migration is the best time here as the grasses are tall, and the fruit trees are providing for fall migrants. Red-shafted Flicker has been seen here, and I'm convinced the next Northern Mockingbird will be found here. The trails are good and flat, and offer prairie, river, and woodland access.

Backyard Bird Migration Dates

Before Spring has sprung its time to prepare for the arrival of waves of bird species that may visit your backyard, or rural environment. The link below opens a chart that lists migration dates for the most common species that may visit our yards and acreages, and what they may be looking for. Keep in mind this is only a partial list, and is intended to be representative of similar species that may be in your local area. It may prove helpful when deciding what food, or plants to purchase and offer to the variety of species coming your way.