As the quality of life is the true pulse of a city, we continually strive to provide a variety of experiences as a basic Parks and Recreation goal. This department extends an unmatched quality of life and adds to the St. Joseph economic base (tourism), via tournaments, festivals, attractions and programs.
The St. Joseph Park System, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is comprised of approximately 1500 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.
Our earlier park planners not only left us 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.
Parks, Recreation & Civic Facilities departments have the ability and resources to best deal with a variety of the social and emotional human needs. When these needs are attended to in a proactive manner, reactive measures are not necessary. A continuing goal of our department is to provide the opportunity for each individual to have a healthy, active, safe and enjoyable lifestyle.
Register online for activities at www.stjoeparks.info.