Marie Ware

Title: Leisure Services Manager
Phone: 563.589.4263

Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware joined the City of Dubuque staff in May 2010. In her position, Ware is responsible for leading a department that encompasses many of the quality of life aspects of Dubuque. Those include city parks, trails and recreation, the Five Flags Civic Center, the Grand River Center (conference and education center), Port of Dubuque Marina, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning, and Multicultural Family Center.

Ware has over 30 years of professional experience in parks and recreation and nonprofit management in places across Iowa. She served as Interim Executive Director of the Mahaska County YMCA in Oskaloosa. She was the Owner/Facilitator of Future Endeavors, which provided customized services for non-profits, churches, government, and businesses. Ware served as the Executive Director of the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation in Oskaloosa. She spent nine years with the City of Coralville Parks and Recreation Department as Recreation Director and Parks and Recreation Director. Ware started her career with Indianola Parks and Recreation as a summer recreation coordinator then being hired as Recreation Superintendent.

She has a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in leisure studies from Iowa State University and is a certified park and recreation professional (CPRP) by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Ware is an active member of the NRPA and has held leadership positions, including president, with the Iowa Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) and the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation. She received the NRPA American Park and Recreation Society’s Young Professional Award and the IPRA’s Richard J. Slattery Award and Young Professional Award. 

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