The community is invited to help celebrate the opening of Mercy Park with Joplin city officials, Mercy Joplin representatives and others who have been a part of the development of Joplin’s newest park. The land, which was the site of the former hospital destroyed by the May 2011 tornado, was donated by Mercy.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at the park’s main pavilion near the pond.
The program will introduce the citizens who suggested the name Mercy Park through the city’s naming contest held earlier this year and allow them to provide their reasons for suggesting the name. They will skip a rock across the park’s pond to commemorate this honor.
Located at 26th Street and Maiden Lane, this 18-acre park includes trails, benches, picnic shelters, a pond, trees, native landscaping and restrooms. This newest addition to Joplin’s park system was made possible through a land donation from Mercy and funding through the city’s Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery program administered by HUD.
Entrance to the park and parking is just south of 26th on the west side of St. John’s Boulevard.