Looking for something fun to do? St. Joseph has it all with an abundance of parks and recreational facilities that cater to a variety of enthusiasts' tastes. Set out for an afternoon of fishing, laze on one of our many beaches, take a stroll along picturesque trails, or hit the skate park. Whatever you're after, you'll find it here.
Park Passes are available at no charge to City residents. Bring your vehicle registration showing a City address to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall to receive a sticker that exempts you from entrance fees at certain City Parks. Non-residents may purchase a park pass for $35. (These passes do not include admission to the Howard Ice Arena.) Just a reminder that identification and license plate information is necessary before receiving your pass; two passes maximum allowed per household. You may not affix a park sticker to another vehicle for use when registering with another license plate number; if so, it is punishable by law.
City Boat Launch is located on Anchor's Court, on Marina Island. $5 per car/trailer. Season passes are available from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Season passes are $35.00.
Dickinson Park, at the corner of Lakeview and Wallace Avenues, is jointly owned by the City and by the St. Joseph Public School District. The park contains baseball and softball fields and is the home of the highschool baseball and softball teams. The fields are available for public use when not occupied by school activities.
John and Dede Howard Ice Arena located at 2414 Willa Drive is a refrigerated NHL-sized (200' x 85') outdoor rink. Although open to the weather, the rink does have a roof. There is a warming hut with The Center Ice Snack Bar and restrooms. Click here for more information including the schedule, and admission and rental fees.
John and Dede Howard Family Recreation Trail begins behind the Water Plant, at the south end of Lions Park Drive (just below the pedestrian bridge from Lake Court), and runs north to Park Street; west to Silver Beach (use the sidewalk); north along the park sidewalk to Elm Street; north and then east along the edges of Whirlpool Field; north on the south side of Vine Street; east through the Upton Arboretum along the St. Joseph River, and continues east below the Berrien County Courthouse before ending at the Bicentennial Bridge. This multi-use path allows for beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River over most of its length. A map showing the trail can be found by clicking here.
Kiwanis Park is located on Pearl Street near Langley Avenue and is home to the John and Dede Howard Skate Park, an in-line skating/skateboarding. BMX biking facility. Click here for more information and the current Skateboard Center hours.
You can also find the DOG PARK at this location. For more, please click here.
There is also a picnic shelter available for church, school and children's groups only. Call (269) 983-6325 to make reservations. Other groups may use the shelter on a first come, first-served basis. The park also has a softball field, tennis courts, a basketball court, and playground equipment.
Lake Bluff Park is located along the west side of Lake Boulevard along the top of the bluff, from Park Street north to State Street. The Park provides a scenic overlook of Lake Michigan shore and piers. The Park contains several memorials and monuments, a band shell, and restrooms with a lighted stairway down the bluff leading to lower Broad Street and the Amtrak train depot. Take a historical tour of St. Joseph.
Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has two shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards, swimming at this beach is discouraged. $5 admission per vehicle is required for Non City Residents and those without Season Passes. Season Passes are available for $35.
Lookout Park located on Lakeshore Drive north of Hawthorne Avenue, has two separate parking areas with picnic facilities allowing a scenic view of Lake Michigan. The southerly parking area includes the Richard Kiesel Memorial Viewing Structure, which allows visitors their closest approach to the edge of the bluff and the best view.
Milton Park is located on the corners of Niles and Winchester Avenues. It is a passive park with a playfield and playground equipment.
Riverview Park located at 2927 Niles Road is a 107 acre park located in a bend of the St. Joseph River. The park has baseball fields, playground equipment, picnic shelters, and nature trails. Several of the shelters are available for rental, call (269) 983-6325 for more information. City residents pay reduced rental rates.
Tiny Tot's Park located on the corners of Willa Drive and Botham Avenue, has a playground specifically designed for young children.
Tiscornia Park is a family oriented park located on sixteen acres along the shoreline of Lake Michigan at the northwest corner of the City. Amenities include the North Pier Lighthouse and walkway that is a popular spot for fishing and watching sunsets, restroom facilities, sandy beach and a pavilion that will accommodate about forty for picnics and is available for rental through the City Clerks Office at (269) 983-6325. $5 admission per vehicle is required for Non City Residents and those without Season Passes. Season Passes are available for $35.
Upton Arboretum provides approximately eleven hundred feet of footage on the south side of the St. Joseph River, adjacent to the downtown area. It is heavily used during the Venetian Festival and as a broadside moorage during the Tri-State Regatta. A great place to take the kids and feed the ducks. The Howard Recreation Trail passes through the arboretum.
Whirlpool Compass Fountain, located at 330 Broad Street, below the bluff and adjacent to Silver Beach Center, opened in the fall of 2009. There are 28 water jets of varying heights. The eight water cannons spray water 35 feet up and 75 feet out. They supply 2,560 gallons of water per minute and are equipped with 1,000- watt lights. The water reservoir holds 10,860 gallons of recycled water. There is no fee to enjoy this amazing interactive fountain. Parking is availabe at the south side of the Fountain; a $5 admission per vehicle is required to park in this lot. There is signage on site with directions regarding payment.
2013 hours include:
May 1 to Friday before Memorial Day: 5-9 PM Daily
Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend: 11 AM to 10 PM
Tuesday following Labor Day -September 30th: 12-2 PM and 5-9 PM Daily
Month of October: Weekends only: 12-2 PM and 5-9 PM
Whittlesey Park located at 2414 Willa Drive, is home to the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena as well as a playfield.
Summer Recreation Program is available to children 5 years and older at no cost. For more information regarding this program, click here or contact the Clerk's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (269) 983-6325. To complete fillable forms, click on Summer Recreation and Tennis programs.
Click here for information about County owned parks and beaches.
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