The City of St. Joseph recognizes the importance of parks, open spaces, nature areas, trails, and recreation facilities in the overall health and well-being of the community. The City Council has charged the Park Board with planning, developing, preserving, improving, and maintaining the city's parkland for a balanced and diverse park and trail system. The city is committed to:
Promoting a sense of wellness and healthy lifestyles for the community
Providing a wholesome, enjoyable, safe, and aesthetically pleasing recreation system for current and future neighborhoods
Fostering community social interaction using the city parks
Protecting natural resources and open spaces within the City of St. Joseph
Providing the community with efficient recreational services and facilities at their parks
Providing efficient, functional, well-maintained, and responsive recreational services and facilities
Recognizing the importance of a park and trail system to the community, the City of St. Joseph commissioned SEH to complete a park and trail system plan. The park and trail system plan is a policy document and long-range planning tool used to guide St. Joseph's future decision-making.
The City of St. Joseph currently maintains approximately 78 acres of parkland as identified below. In addition, the city is currently the trail head for the Lake Wobegon Trail.