Joplin Parks and Recreation Kicks Off Activity Challenge for the 2023 Holiday Season

(Joplin, MO) Joplin Parks and Recreation and Missouri Southern State University, are partnering once again to bring an activity challenge to the community this holiday season.

The Roll-n-Stroll is an inclusive activity challenge open to anyone who wants to participate.

“The Roll-n-Stroll was created to coincide with our Holiday Tree Trail at Mercy Park and motivate people to stay active during the colder months. We are encouraging people to stay active, whether it is walking around the tree trail or walking down their block.” said Ashley Clements, Recreation Coordinator.

The Holiday Tree Trail is a series of decorated trees from area businesses and organizations placed along a portion of the trail at Mercy Park. Trees will be lit from November 28 through December 31 and guests can view the trees during park hours.

“The Roll-n-Stroll is an activity that anyone can participate in.” said Clements. “The great thing about this program is it doesn’t matter if you ride your bike, roller skate, use your walker or wheelchair, push a stroller, walk or run. The point is to be active this holiday season however you can. Anyone can participate.”

There is no charge to participate in the Roll-n-Stroll activity challenge. Those interested in participating must register with Joplin Parks and Recreation and track at least five activities during the challenge period on a tracking sheet. The first 200 participants who track five or more activities by December 31 and return their trackers to the Parks and Recreation Department will receive a plush knit beanie courtesy of Missouri Southern State University.

To register and receive your tracking sheet, call Joplin Parks and Recreation at 417.625.4750 or click here to learn more.

About Joplin Parks & Recreation

The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department provides quality parks, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Joplin and surrounding communities. Learn more at


Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 204

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