Discovering the Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC) | Visit Crawford County, PA

published on March 2024

Discovering the Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC)

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Nestled in the heart of Meadville lies a gem that has been the epicenter of recreation and community engagement for years – the Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC). If you’ve been around Meadville, you’ve probably heard of the MARC, but do you truly know the depth and breadth of what it offers?

Facilities and Activities at a Glance

  • George S. DeArment Ice Arena: Whether you’re into figure skating, hockey, or just want to have a fun time gliding on ice, this arena is open from September to March to cater to all your icy desires.
  • George J Barco Aquatic Center: Dive into fun all year round! The aquatic center boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool, ensuring that you can take a splash irrespective of the season.
  • Outdoor Extravaganza: From two soccer fields, a baseball field, and four tennis courts to a skateboard park, MARC ensures that the fun doesn’t stop at the pool or rink. If you’re more of a picnic person, they’ve got you covered with a picturesque picnic shelter.
  • Community Garden: Got a green thumb? Rent a plot or participate in the shared harvest areas. It’s a great way to connect with nature and the community.
  • Walking Trails: For those who prefer a serene walk or a brisk jog, the walking trails offer a peaceful retreat.
  • Events and More: MARC is also home to the MARF Music Festival and offers various events throughout the year. Plus, they have special provisions for parties by the poolside or rink side.

A New Vision for the MARC

While the MARC is traditionally known for its swimming pool and ice rink, recent developments have expanded its horizons. One of the driving forces behind this transformation is Logan Newhard. A Meadville native, Logan began his journey with the MARC as an intern and quickly made his mark. Despite facing challenges, such as the MARC pool roof collapse in early 2022, Logan’s resilience and innovation shone through. He introduced new programs, including football and basketball camps and leagues, diversifying the MARC’s offerings and ensuring it remains a dynamic hub for the community. The MARA (Meadville Area Recreation Authority) board is responsible for creating a vision for the MARC’s future, and hopes to continue building off of Logan’s improvements to the facility. 

More Than Just Sports

While the MARC is renowned for its sports facilities, it’s also a hub for community engagement. Beyond the athletic facilities, it serves as a gathering spot for families, friends, and community members. Special events, workshops, and community outreach programs are regularly held, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. The MARC’s commitment to fostering community spirit is evident in its partnerships. Employees of community partners are granted free admission, a gesture that underscores the MARC’s dedication to inclusivity and community building. Whether you’re looking to participate in a workshop, attend a community event, or simply enjoy a day out with family, the MARC offers a plethora of opportunities to connect, learn, and have fun.

Take a Closer Look

The Meadville Area Recreation Complex is more than just a sports facility. It’s a testament to the spirit of Meadville – resilient, innovative, and community-centric. With 47 acres to explore and a plethora of activities on offer, the MARC is redefining recreation in Meadville.

So, if you’re in Meadville, take a moment to explore the MARC. Dive into the activities, feel the community spirit, and see for yourself why it’s the talk of the town. And if you’ve never been, now’s the perfect time to check it out! 

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