Looking for something fun to do? St. Joseph offers 17 parks encompassing more than 200 acres, with a variety of recreational opportunities. Whether you prefer an afternoon of fishing, relaxing on one of our beaches, taking a stroll along picturesque trails, or hitting the skateboard park, you're sure to find it here. Current Beach Conditions




2018 Summer Recreation Program

The Summer Recreation Program begins June 11th. To learn more about the program, please click on the Flyer. A Child Information Record Form must be completed with each registration. Questions? Please call 269-983-6341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2018 Summer Tennis Camp

The 2018 Summer Tennis Camp will begin June 11th. To find out more about the program, please click on Summer Flyer; to register, click on Summer Tennis Registration

2016 - 2020 Parks & Recreation Master Plan

The purpose of the 5-year Parks & Recreation Master Plan is to provide a guide for future park planning in the community for the next five years. In addition, the plan allows for potential funding from the State of Michigan for citizen desired
park improvements. 

To view the most recent plans for the following parks, click on it:

Dickinson Park (2/2018)
Whirlpool Centennial Park (2/2018)
Riverview Park (2/2018) 

Berrien County Parks

Silver Beach, although located on Lake Street in the City of St. Joseph, this popular bathing beach is operated by Berrien County Parks and Recreation. Click here for information about County-owned parks and beaches.

Park Facility Rental

The City of St. Joseph recognizes the uniquely attractive setting of its parks and welcomes the use of its park facilities for various family activities, including weddings on both Lions and Tiscornia beaches. If you would like more information such as hours, fees, dates, rules, and regulations, or to speak with someone directly about availability for your event, please contact Public Works by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 983-6341. 

Park Passes

City residents receive two annual park passes at no charge each year and can obtain them through the City Clerk's Office; be sure to bring your driver's license and license plate # for residency verification. These annual stickers exempt you from parking fees at Tiscornia, Lions Beach and the Elm Street lot (below the bluff) parking lots. For non-residents, you may obtain a parking pass, whether daily or seasonal, right at the parking meters located within each of the three parks. 


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