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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.

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

Learn more about our accomplishments in 2018 by reading our annual report or for a completed overview of our administrative division, look at our administrative division year in review.  Learn more about what our maintenance division was doing in 2018 by reading their year in review.

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.

Share Your Story
The Parks Department is collecting written personal history from the public.  Be a part of sharing your story to help preserve moments in St. Joseph parks history.  Think back to your youth or even yesterday and write about the interesting or fun things you did at any of St. Joseph's parks or facilities.  Your memories matter to future generations.  Help us keep history alive by sharing your story today, online, by emailing your story to , or by handwriting your submission and mailing it to Parks Administration, Subject: History Campaign, 1920 Grand Ave, St. Joseph, MO 64505.  Click here for your entry form.

Have a picture you want to share with us?  Please email or mail them to us at the above email or mailing information above with the date and location of the photo and the names of any individuals in the photo (optional).  Thank you for being a part of our history campaign.  Your stories make our community come alive and we appreciate your time and attention to helping us preserve it for our community.

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 classes and other fitness activities due to sponsorships by the Senior Foundation, Plasma Biological Services and through partnerships with the REC Center and the YMCA!  St. Joe FIT is gearing up for the 2019 season with the first event scheduled for 5:30-6:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Remington Nature Center Parking lot.  There are some positive changes to the program this year with trail walks from April 12-May 30, indoor walks at the Rec Center on Thursdays from June 6 through August 29 and more trail walks from September 5 through October 17.  Check back here for information about other fitness opportunities with St. Joe Fit in the future to learn more about what is being planned for you!  Register today!

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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