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Krug Park, Saint Joseph

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4.3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web
Krug Park, located at the northern end of the Parkway St. Joseph in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is a large city park with Italian Renaissance structures, extensive landscaping and flowerbeds. The park's 163acre house an amphitheater, a lagoon, rose gardens, picnic areas, an Italian castle, scenic walking trails, and various playgrounds. Also featured is a North American native animal exhibit housing buffalo, deer, and longhorn cattle. Krug Park "lights up" during the holiday season as Holiday Park.HistoryThe park is often referred to as St. Joseph's oldest park. While other areas were given for public use earlier, it is true that Krug Park was the first public outing area under the jurisdiction of the board of park commissioners which received public expenditure. As such, it was developed before any other parks. On February 26, 1890, Henry Krug, donated 10acre to the City for use exclusively as a park, on the conditions "that no intoxicating liquors shall ever be kept, sold or disposed of in or upon said premises...nor shall any gambling or gambling devices be permitted." The City was to keep the park in good condition, under police control, and expend annually at least $2,000.00 under the direction of the park commissioners.Early plans of Krug Park are not available, but from narrative sources it appears that the City quickly spent in excess of the required $2,000.00 per year. As St. Joseph's only developed public space, Krug Park became the "catch-all" for everything that the public seemed to desire. Park Superintendent Rudolph G. Rau seemed particularly fond of flower displays and formally designed beds, and Krug Park boasted many such spectacular displays. It also had at one time a zoo, greenhouses, botanical gardens, gazebos, the Robidoux cabin, a fountain, and a lily pond.
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  • Once a thriving attraction of the city during it's heyday, when the population of the city was almost double what it is now, Krug Park is only a shadow of what it was in it's prime. Still a nice place...  read more »
  • Have seen pictures of the park in late/early 1800/1900. It was beautiful. But as many assets of Saint Joseph it has been allowed to crumble to ruins. They have done a renovation of the pond which has ...  read more »
  • This park has a lot to offer as it is a beautiful park both in the summer and in the winter when the park has been decked out with all the Christmas lights. In the summer one can feed the ducks and fi...  read more »
  • Great park. They just redid the lagoon and waterfall. Great place to feed the ducks, just remember bread not recommended by conservationists, things like half cut grapes, cracked corn, or bird seed are better them. Newer playground equipment. Lots of shelters for picnics. Outdoor auditorium. Great place to visit during December when it becomes Holiday Park, bring a couple dollars for donation and get free cherry mashes for the family!
  • The city has started fixing the park up again. It's always been a beautiful park and still is. There are toys for the kids. Covered areas for picnics. And also grills. It's always clean. There's alot of beautiful ground to take long walks on. And of course you can't forget the bridge you drive under. Don't forget to honk!
  • A nice quiet retreat from my hectic day. Only a few steps from the madness but felt I was in a totally different place. Convenient and quaint park. Looked as though it's been well maintained and cared for.
  • Great place for the family. Wish there were more flowers planted through out, but still a wonderful park with waterfall features, playgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and animals.
  • I come to this wonderful park when I visit my parents at St Joseph, MO 2 or 3 times a month. A great park for party, hiking, running, juggling, picnic, watching birds, it also has any kind of concerts!
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