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Notice of Public Meeting: Special Meeting - Request to Allow Temporary Shore Protection
To view the Public Notice for a Public Meeting of the City Commission on Tuesday, October 22nd at 8:00 p.m., please click here.
Howard Ice Arena Open Skate Schedule
Please click on Open Skate Schedule to view the Open Skate hours. The ice arena will tentatively open on November 18th.
October 2019 Newsletter
October 2019 Newsletter Volume 25, Issue 4 has been published.
Truck or Treat Event
Truck or Treat & Movie at the Ice Arena
October 26, 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm – Touch a Truck & Trick or Treating
7:00pm – Hocus Pocus, 1993 Disney Halloween movie
Trick-or-Treat Hours for City of St. Joseph Residents
Halloween will be held on Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the City of St. Joseph.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Engine 104 Refurbishment
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested bidders with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for the refurbishment of a 1998 Pierce Quantum Pumper.Read more ...
Community Fun Guide Fall 2019
To view the fall recreational newsletter, click here.
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St. Joseph Municipal Band
The City of St. Joseph offers municipal band concerts every Sunday throughout the summer months. Conveniently located downtown at Port Street and Lake Boulevard, the municipal band concerts take place at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell. Its namesake, John Howard, was conductor of the municipal band beginning in 1948 through 1987; also, he was the St. Joseph High School band director until he retired in 1963.
The St. Joseph Municipal Band will be greeting you on Sunday, June 28, 2020 with our new look.
Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the John E N Howard Band Shell.
Our thanks to: the City Manager, John Hodgson, Head of Public Works, Greg Grothous, Mayor, Michael Garey, City Commissioners and Taxpayers. We couldn’t perform without their fine support.
2020 Municipal Band Concert Schedule
- June 28, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- July 4, Sat - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- July 5, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- July 12, Sun - Jazz Band Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
- July 19, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- July 26, Sun -Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 2, Sun- Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 9, Sun - Jazz Band Concert @ 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 16, Sun- Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 23, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Aug. 30, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 6, Sun - Band Concerts @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 7 Mon - Labor Day Concerts @ 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Donald K. Moely Director St. Joseph Municipal Band
Dr. Moely is completing 32 years as Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band this summer. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, followed by his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Music Education from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Moely served as Director of Bands at Winona State University, in Winona, Minnesota. During his term there, he developed the Symphonic Band and organized several recruitment band tours throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. He later moved to take the position of Chairman of the Music Department, and Director of Bands at Lake Michigan College, where he directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, taught brass lessons and piano classes in the electronic keyboard lab. While teaching at the college, Dr. Moely received several outstanding commendation awards for his leadership in the college’s music program. During his work there Donald and Eloise Moely received the Bernard Radde Award given annually by the College Board of Trustees to outstanding contributors to the development of Lake Michigan College. He directed a European music tour featuring the college’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Show Choir. Dr. Moely continued his post Doctorate studies in trumpet and music education administration at North Texas State University and received a Sabbatical leave from the college to study trumpet and orchestral conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria. He is presently the choral director at John Adams High School in the South Bend Public Schools. Donald and Eloise Moely are the parents of a daughter Donelle and a son Michael living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
"It is a great honor to be the conductor of this fine group of musicians. Their dedication to serving the St. Joseph audiences with concerts each Sunday and holidays during the summer at the John E. N. Howard band shell is phenomenal. I strive to keep the successful variety of programming and the high professional musical standards that were set for this community’s tax based band by my predecessor, John E. N. Howard (for which the band shell is named). Our band receives numerous positive compliments from visitors across the entire country and from around the world, who tell us this quality band, the programs and the performance setting at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell overlooking the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan is an outstanding phenomenon. It is a beautiful combination and it is truly thrilling for the musicians, the audiences and myself. I am glad to program all the fine talent and serve our community by performing to fine audiences each summer and continue the great tradition of this St Joseph Municipal Band."
City Boat Launch
The City Boat Launch is located at 282 Anchor's Court, on Marina Island. There is a small daily per car/trailer parking fee for both residents and non-residents; residents and non-residents may purchase a season parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. For current parking permit fees, click here
September 25, 2013, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held with the grand opening of the new fish cleaning station located at the City Boat Launch. New restrooms were also constructed and are handicap accessible. The station, at the city's boat launch along Anchor's Way on Marina Island, has a roof for all-weather use, stainless steel tables and water hoses, outlets for electric knives and other appliances, a grinder that emulsifies fish guts, and a scaler for perch and other catch. Employees at West Basin Marina will keep the station clean.
The cost for the project was estimated at $330,000 but was completed for $265,800, including $105,800 in city funds.The project was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Great Lakes Fishery Trust and a $10,000 donation from the local chapter of Michigan Steelheaders, which promotes salmon fishing.
Dickinson Park | Parks
Dickinson Park, at the corner of Lakeview and Wallace Avenues, is owned by the City. The park contains baseball and softball fields and is the home of the high school baseball and softball teams. The fields are available for public use when not occupied by school activities.
John and Dede Howard Family Recreational Trail
The 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. Trail map
John E.N. Howard Band Shell
Kiwanis Park | Parks
Kiwanis Park is located on Pearl Street near Langley Avenue; 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, a basketball court, and playground equipment. Kiwanis Park is also home to the John and Dede Howard Skateboard Park, an in-line skating/skateboarding/BMX biking facility. You will also find the Dog Park at this location.
Lions Park Beach | Parks
Lions Park Beach located at the south end of Lions Park Drive, has three shelters, public restrooms, grills, picnic tables, and playground equipment. There are no lifeguards and swimming at this beach is discouraged. Residents may obtain a free seasonal parking permit from the City Clerk's Office at City Hall. Non-residents are required to pay at the Pay to Park meters located within the Park. They can pay for hourly, daily or a seasonal pass at the Pay to Park meters. For current parking permit fees, click here.
Margaret B. Upton Arboretum
Margaret B. Upton Arboretum provides approximately eleven hundred feet of footage on the south side of the St. Joseph River, adjacent to the downtown area. The park is a great place to take the kids and feed the ducks or to enjoy the many sculptures placed throughout the park. The Howard Recreation Trail passes through the arboretum.
Lookout Park | Parks
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 the closest approach to the edge of the bluff and the best view.
Milton Park | Parks
Milton Park is located at the corner of Niles and Winchester Avenues. It is a passive park with play area and playground equipment.
Riverview Park | Parks
Whittlesey Park | Parks
Whittlesey Park located at 2414 Willa Drive, is home to the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena; there is an open play field adjacent to the Ice Arena.
Tiny Tots Park | Parks
Tiny Tot's Park is located at the corner of Willa Drive and Botham Avenue and has a playground specifically designed for younger children.
Tour of St. Joseph, Michigan
Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.
John & Dede Howard Skate Park | Parks
The John and Dede Howard Skate Park is an in-line skating, skateboarding, and BMX biking facility. Complete with ramps, rails and half-pipes. Helmets are recommended.
A Zoning Map of the City can be found under the Code of Ordinances webpage. Other maps are available on the City's current master plan located under the Zoning Department's webpage. If you require a more "tourist-friendly" map of downtown please visit St. Joseph Today's location map (please report if link is broken). If you have further questions about Maps in the City of St. Joseph please feel free to contact the City and we will be happy to help you.
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
John and Dede Howard Ice Rink
Located off of Willa Drive and adjacent to Whittlesey Park, the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena is a great, family-friendly, ice rink within the City of St. Joseph to bring your friends and family.
Plan My St. Joseph Wedding?
St. Joseph, known for its abundant natural resources and great picturesque landscapes, makes a wonderful place to get married. St. Joseph has been nationally acclaimed as "Michigan's Most Romantic City" by the Detroit Free Press and the "Riviera of the Midwest" by the Fine Living Channel.
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