November Events from Joplin Parks and Recreation

(Joplin, MO) The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department has a lot of great events coming up over the next couple of weeks! If you are interested or have any questions, give them a call at 417.625.4750.

Turkey Shootout

Be sure to register the kiddos for the FREE 2020 Turkey Shootout scheduled for this Friday evening, November 20! This event is open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Prizes will be awarded in each grade division.

Special Offer at Academy

Academy Sports & Outdoors is a fantastic supporter of our athletic programs and special events. As a thank-you to all of our supporters, the Joplin store located at 18th & Range Line Road is having an exclusive Joplin Parks & Recreation promotion this weekend, from Friday, November 20 through Sunday, November 22. Shop online or in-store with the coupon above and you’ll receive 20% off your entire purchase! This is a great time to stock up on your winter needs and get a jump start on some holiday shopping!

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting

Joplin Parks and Recreation is in the process of creating a new comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan to provide guidance on how to meet the demands for future recreational, programming, environmental, and maintenance needs, as well as to establish priorities for facility improvements and future park amenities.

The Department will conduct a public input session on Tuesday, November 24 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm to gather feedback from residents. The meeting will be held at the Joplin Senior Center at 2616 S. Picher Avenue.

Visit the project’s website,, to sign up for email updates, and give input via our interactive mapping tool and idea board!

Holiday Tree Trail Kick-Off

After the master plan public meeting, join us at Mercy Park to help kick off our Holiday Tree Trail event! This event, new for 2020 will feature trees decorated by local businesses and organizations lining the trail at Mercy Park. Interested in sponsoring a tree? Click here for rules and guidelines and give us a call or email

The Tree Trail will kick off on Tuesday, November 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Mercy Park. The event will feature a meet-and-greet with Socially Distanced Santa, carolers, and refreshments.

For more information about our holiday light displays, visit

Memorial Hall Survey

The Memorial Hall Study is nearing completion and City Staff appreciates everyone’s help with answering questions, providing input, and attending the meetings to discuss the future of this historic building.

We are now in the final survey stage for Memorial Hall, which provides conceptual drawings and schematics of how different options would work and appear at the current site of the building. Please take a few minutes to view the concepts an share your opinion:

Information will be compiled following this final stage with the full results of the Memorial Hall Study presented to City Council in January of 2021.

Letters to Santa

Have your child mail their letter to Santa! We will have mailboxes at our office (3301 W. 1st Street) and at Academy Sports & Outdoors from November 18 through December 7.

Letters need to include the child’s first and last name, a return mailing address, and a few details about the child (school, if attending, brothers or sisters, pets, friends, and a wish list).

The letters will be delivered to the North Pole and Santa will write back to each child who sends him a letter. For more information, click here.


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