The Parkway: 26 Miles of Greenways with a Walking/Biking Trail

The heart of the St. Joseph park system is its parkway boulevard, also called the Parkway. Developed in 1918 by internationally known landscape architect George Burnap, it put St. Joseph on the map as one of the first cities in the United States to develop an imaginative and comprehensive parkway plan.

The 26-mile system connects the city’s principal parks and recreation facilities with a green belt that is ideal for the hiking and biking enthusiast of any experience level. Families can pack a picnic and stop at numerous parks or green spaces.

A sense of genuine community spirit abounds at the annual Parties in the Parkway series, sponsored by the St. Joseph  Chamber of Commerce. The Parties on the Parkway free concert series brings thousands to enjoy the live music from local bands, food and great company once a month from summer through fall. A sampling of St. Joseph’s parks includes:

Krug Park

162 Acres

  • Amphitheater
  • Pond/Lagoon
  • Rose Garden
  • Picnic Area
  • Bandstand
  • Shelters
  • Castle
  • Walking/Bicycling Trails, Wooded Hiking Trails
  • Playground
  • North American Native Live Animal Exhibit
  • Holiday Park Light Display

Northside Sports Complex

25 Acres

  • 1 Lighted Baseball Diamond
  • 2 Lighted Basketball Courts
  • 2 Shuffleboard Courts
  • 2 Racquetball Courts
  • 3 Lighted Tennis Courts
  • 4 Horseshoe Courts
  • Playground

St. Joseph Aquatic Park / Noyes Sports Complex

23 Acres

  • Aquatic Park: includes lazy river, “beach” type entrance to large children’s area, full size waterslides
  • 12 Lighted Tennis Courts
  • 16 Horseshoe Courts
  • Competition Size Running Track
  • Baseball Diamond

Bode Sports Complex

  • 6 Lighted Basketball Courts
  • Lighted In-line Skate Rink
  • Indoor, Year-Round Ice Arena with Hockey League
  • 2 Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Table Tennis
  • Concession Area

Phil Welch Stadium

5,000 Seats

  • Semi-pro baseball
  • Home of St. Joseph Mustangs, a wooden-bat league
  • Connects to multi-mile walking/biking path along Parkway

Hyde Park Sports Complex

93 Acres

  • 3 Lighted Tennis Courts
  • 3 Horseshoe Courts
  • Hiking trails and bike/walking path
  • 6 Lighted Baseball Diamonds
  • Basketball Courts
  • 4 Picnic Shelters

Remington Nature Center

  • Scenic hiking/biking trail flows alongside Missouri River, connects to Riverfront Park
  • Multi-million dollar nature center/museum showcasing the history of Northwest Missouri
  • Prehistoric man exhibits, extensive local Native American collection and wildlife exhibits
  • 7,000 gallon freshwater aquarium

Riverfront Park

  • Provides access to paved 3-mile trail spanning scenic Missouri River banks
  • Setting for annual city fireworks display
  • Scenic lookout points and picnic area