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Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities
About the Department
The Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities Department strives to provide a variety of experiences and an unmatched quality of life, while adding to the St. Joseph economic base via tournaments, festivals, attractions, and programs.

The St. Joseph park system, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is comprised of approximately 1,500 acres, 26 miles of parkways and boulevards, containing 48 parks and related facilities. The recreation division coordinates a wide range of programs, instructional, developmental and leisure opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities.

Department History
Earlier park planners not only left St. Joseph with our unique parkway system, but gave us the theme American naturalist. This unique theme, combining European renaissance architecture and American nature is an inspiration to all. This heritage, of which we are all proud was given to us by positive and progressive visionaries. We hope to maintain this attitude and add to the vision with everyone's help.

The department strives to provide the opportunity for each individual to have a healthy, active, safe, and enjoyable lifestyle.

Strategic Plan
St. Joseph Parks Department is proud to announce a Strategic Plan for 2018-2023.  See our strategic plan here!

Annual Report
St. Joseph Parks Department works hard to deliver the best service possible to our residents and visitors.  Learn more about each division within our department by reviewing our annual report.

St. Joe FIT

St. Joe FIT is a free program designed to encourage participants to live an active lifestyle while enjoying St. Joseph's great parks and trails.  Registered participants can join in aqua Zumba classes and other fitness activities due to sponsorships by Mosaic Life Care and Plasma Biological Services and through partnerships with the REC Center and the YMCA!  St. Joe FIT begins April 12 and ends July 30.  Click here to register today for this free program!

Check out what we have planned this year!

Join An Activity
Register online for activities.

Having trouble registering.  Learn more about the registration process.

Reserve A Shelter
Shelter Reservations are now available online for Hyde and Krug Parks. Reserve your shelter online, today!

Having trouble obtaining information about or instructions for reserving your shelter.  Please click here.  If this does not answer your specific question, please contact us at 816-271-5500.

Memorials and Donations
Create a memory that lasts a lifetime by establishing a memorial for a deceased loved one or to honor someone who makes a positive difference to you or the community by purchasing benches, dog stations, bricks, or trees to help beautify a park, trail, or landscaped area.  These added touches to our public areas helps provide a tribute to your special someone and creates a more beautiful environment for everyone to share.

Learn more about the memorial guidelines.

View samples of memorials.

Learn about approved trees for planting.

If a memorial isn't what you desire, consider a monetary donation to the Friends of the Park.  The Friends of the Park are a 501(c)(3) established to provide funding for approved park improvements.  Learn more about Friends of the Park.

Download a Friends of the Park donation form.


Contact Us
Parks Director Chuck Kempf

Chuck Kempf

Director of Parks, Recreation, and Civic Facilities

1920 Grand Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64505

Ph: 816-271-5500
Fx: 816-271-5513

Parks Administration Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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