MAY 29, 2020 UPDATE

HUB staff and the City of Marion look forward to the long-awaited reopening of The HUB Recreation Center as soon as possible. We miss our fellow Hubbers and planning and preparation is underway for efficient and safe operation that will serve more members than is possible in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. Phase 3 defines indoor fitness center exercise at a 1-1 (individual) user ratio that accommodates only a fraction of HUB membership. Therefore, we will not be opening The HUB in Phase 3.

The health and safety of our members and staff, in addition to our responsibility to our community is our primary concern determining how we open and operate the facility. To help ensure health and safety, all requirements and guidelines will be released to members prior to opening once that date has been determined.

Programming and area use, including the gymnasium and group exercise, is dependent upon upcoming state directives along with industry best practices and recommendations. Child Watch and Summer Camp, as facility dependent programs, will be based on state guidance along with facility area capacity and specific use.

Timing and detail for aquatics operation is pending further guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Timing and detail for Café operation is pending further guidance from Bi-County Health Department. The status of Marion Youth Football, which is scheduled to begin late July, with possible modifications, will be determined as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience during the weeks since our closure on March 16. Since that time, membership fees have not been processed for the months of April or May, and June also will not be charged.

Please watch for updates regarding a HUB reopening date, safety guidelines for members and staff, along with programming and service details. As soon as this information is available, we will post it to social media and our website, as well as email it via our member newsletter and send it through our HUB Text Club.

We wish you and your family well during this period and welcome your questions and concerns as we work together toward our reopening.


Per the Governor of Illinois’s extension of the shelter-in-place order and Marion Mayor Mike Absher, The HUB Recreation Center is closed until further notice.


We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. As Mayor Absher has emphasized in a recent public address, it is our civic duty to limit exposure and practice social distancing to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and our neighbors. We are taking this opportunity to thoroughly clean our facility, reschedule programs and events, review memberships and much more.

While we believe our social responsibility and the future of our health is greater than the disturbances it may cause along the way, we are also empathetic to the frustrations and inconveniences closing our facility has prompted. City officials and HUB leaders have agreed to suspend the April membership drafts in hopes of helping alleviate the loss of time to use our facility, in addition to the financial burden the country’s current situation may be causing. To be more concise, you will not be charged for your membership on April 1st nor April 15th. Your membership charges will resume in May.

Thank you again for your support. Keep watching our Facebook page for more updates and information as it becomes available. We will get through this if we work together and focus on the positives. Stay healthy and take care.

The HUB Team


Please know that while we are busy working to find answers and solutions, many things are still unknown at this point. We will provide you with more information regarding memberships, programs, events, lessons, etc. as we get closer to reopening. If you have a birthday party scheduled during these next couples of weeks, we will be in contact with you soon. Online registration is still available for those who wish to take advantage of the current Summer Camp Special: 25% off full week purchases. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

MARCH 15, 2020
The City of Marion remains committed to the health and welfare of its residents and visitors. We can report at this time that there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Marion or in Williamson County. We are taking every PRECAUTION and consideration into account as we plan for the potential changes that may come in the very near future. Within each of our facilities, we have increased the frequency of our normal sanitization cleanings.
After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel all events and activities at The HUB, Marion Cultural and Civic Center, the Pavilion, Marion Carnegie Library, Marion Senior Citizen’s Center (meal pickup will still be available as previously announced), and the Boyton Street Community Center for at least two weeks starting tomorrow March 16, 2020. We are making every effort to reschedule shows and events and each facility will provide information as we know more. All City employees are asked to report to work. During these closures, our teams will be conducting thorough cleanings of each facility to ensure the health and safety of our employees and patrons when they reopen. City Hall WILL REMAIN OPEN, however, for our residents that choose to pay your water bill in City Hall, please take advantage of the drop box options near the front doors of City Hall or the convenient drive-up drop box behind City Hall at the corner of East Main and Madison Streets.
In addition, please remember that if you are sick, you should stay home and contact your medical service provider or an urgent care walk-in clinic for further instructions. You should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to normal practices after an illness. Staying home when you are sick is one of the critical pieces of preventing the spread of any illness. This is still a developing situation. We are not panicking but being cautious. We encourage you to act the same. WE WILL get through all of this together, and we will continue to monitor this closely and adjust quickly, but cautiously. THIS TOO SHALL PASS. We will continue to take guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Bi-County Health Department and keep you updated.
Press Contact:
Cody Moake
Mayor’s Chief of Staff
1102 Tower Square Plaza
Marion, IL 62959
REGARDING MEMBERSHIPS, PROGRAMMING, PARTIES, ETC. DURING THE CLOSURE: The HUB and the City of Marion are currently working on a policy for how to handle memberships during this time. We will release more information as it becomes available. Program participants, birthday party rentals, etc. will be contacted in the coming days with further details.
The FUN-HUB Bash for CASA has been postponed. We are currently planning to move the event to Friday, August 7th from 3-7 p.m. Please look for more updates to come.
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