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Address: W 25th St at S Maiden Lane, Joplin, MO

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We had went to Oklahoma City to attend the National Tornado Summit and took a detour on the way home to visit Joplin and see the area 4 years after the storm. The park has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Joey M
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

We had went to Oklahoma City to attend the National Tornado Summit and took a detour on the way home to visit Joplin and see the area 4 years after the storm. The park has everything one would need from a city park with play grounds, walking trails, picnic tables, and lots of grass, but what it also has is... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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112 reviews 112 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Walking path for dogs. Multiple playgrounds. Basketball court. Gazebo. Memorial for tornado victims. A nice place to spend a few hours.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

After the tornado destroyed the park I was pleased to see what had been rebuilt. The park was stripped of everything and has been built to be a friendly area for children to play. I imagine the pool is quite busy in the summer.

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Sherborn, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Cunningham Park is dedicated to the victims of an EF5 tornado that destroyed a large part of their city in May 2011. Memorials in the park honor the children who died, all of the victims, the volunteers who helped the city in the days, weeks, months after the tornado. While parts of the park are solemn and peaceful, there are... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We stopped by traveling home from Arkansas. At first, I was disappointed because the images didn't match the web views. However, the park is good sized and the focal point areas are widely separated rather than side-by-side as in web photos. I cried at the reflecting pool and bridge when I read it was dedicated "to the children who will... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I grew up playing and swimming at Cunningham. I have lots of memories at the old park. The city has done a good job rebuilding the park since the tornado, but I wish they would have rebuilt the pavilion in the style of the original one.

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Joplin, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

As a Joplin resident and someone who lives just a few blocks away and saw exactly what the 2011 tornado did and what so many people went through, this park has a lot of meaning to me. I'm so glad that some sort of memorial was made for those who were lost and for all of those incredible volunteers who... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was one of the first volunteers on the scene after the tornado. This was my first visit back to Joplin since the tornado. I was very encouraged by what I saw. New homes and businesses. I loved the tribute to the lives that were lost and the volunteers that served. I stayed at the park for quite awhile just... More 

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SW MO
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133 reviews 133 reviews
35 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

As a resident of the area, I saw first hand what the park and surrounding area after the May 2011 F5 tornado. The park quickly became one the memorial areas and the monuments that have been built here are a testimony to the resilience and strength of the people of Joplin and the people from around the world that came... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This park does hold a special place in the Joplin resident's hearts. The pool is tons of fun for all ages. The slides are exciting enough for a 12 year old & the price is reasonable. Everything was clean, life guards were on their jobs. We would visit again!

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