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Cunningham Park

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

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The park that is now a memorial - very moving.

Having grown up in Joplin I used to come to this park and swim. Since the Tornado literally wiped every tree and building off of this hill it is no longer the park it used to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Scott S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having grown up in Joplin I used to come to this park and swim. Since the Tornado literally wiped every tree and building off of this hill it is no longer the park it used to be, but is the site of some beautiful memorials to all those that lost their lives in the tornado. Also there are very nice... More 

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Cedar Rapids, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our two 5 year old grandsons to the park to run off some energy after a 7 hour trip. The playground equipment was just what the dr. ordered. The park also had several memorials for one to reflect about the E-F5 tornado that hit the city in 2011. Very sombering. A local person told us a brief history... More 

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Omaha
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped briefly on a whim while in the area. We had never been to Joplin before and decided to stop at the park. It was very well done. Even though it has been 5+ years since the tornado you can clearly see the path of destruction by all of the new construction and newly planted trees. The monuments explained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a great tribute. The children's playgrounds are a good example of life going on after so much loss.

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KC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

I specifically sought out this park so I could see what type of memorial the city of Joplin had created to honor memories of the 2011 tornado. There are specific areas for many memories. There is a butterfly garden with a story about the tornado butterfly stories, which is was pretty amazing. There is also an area to honor the... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This spacious, new park has a lot to offer. A memorial in honor of the 2011 tornado victims, two large playground areas, basketball court, a water feature, big open field, and right next to the water park! There are public bathrooms on site, but last time we were there (on a Sunday), I walked in and walked out - they... More 

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Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Park is completely new due to the original being destroyed by the 2011 tornado. All equipment, structures are only around 2 1/2 years old. Great place for children. NOTE: No large trees in park since those were destroyed, but new smaller trees are there.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Cunninghm Park was ground zero for the EF5 tornado that devastated the town of Joplin on May 22, 2011 killing over 160 people and hundreds of animals. The tornado destroyed everything in its path and scoured the area in and around Cunningham park clean to the ground. The town is still rebuilding and the Park now has a memorial built... More 

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Strafford, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

My great-nephew, Eli (age 7) enjoyed this park on our trip to Joplin. He loved the slides on the playground and climbing on the wooden play area. I enjoyed sitting on the bench and looking at the fountain and the children playing. My husband visited the memorial of the tornado. Something for everyone. Plenty of places to picnic and sit... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

We needed someplace to just burn some energy while we were traveling so we picked up a kite at the Walmart across the street and headed to the park. The park has at least 3 or 4 separate memorials to the tornado victims (not sure why they did so many separate things - it was like they couldn't agree on... More 

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