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Cunningham Park

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Address: W 25th St at S Maiden Lane, Joplin, MO
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Elegant Setting to Remember

Cunningham Park was right on the trajectory of the tornado that hammered Joplin in 2011. As the town was cleaned up and being partially restored, Cunningham Park became the site... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 6, 2017
Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Cunningham Park was right on the trajectory of the tornado that hammered Joplin in 2011. As the town was cleaned up and being partially restored, Cunningham Park became the site of the memorial for the 150+ individuals who died in that disaster. The setting is serene and touching. Well worth a visit.

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JoplinParks, Manager at Cunningham Park, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting, Dave! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Good place to set your kids free to play has nice walking trails and nice pool to swim in very nice place to relax

Thank Jonathan C
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

My husband and I did not know what to expect when we decided to visit this park. In fact, we almost did not go. We are so glad we did! It is amazing and very moving. To read about the day the tornado ripped through this neighborhood and the stories of the butterflies just sent chills over me. We walked... More 

Thank CarolinaGypsy
Northbrook, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Gorgeous park design. Fantastic tribute to the victims, survivors and volunteers of the devastating tornado. Really was shocked at how dirty the bathroom was. There also was standing water on the floor, graffiti on the stall and no hand soap. A public park with no soap in the bathroom? Great idea! Decided to go down one of the slides since... More 

Thank Brett J
Joplin, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This is a beautiful park that has been rebuilt following the devastating tornado in 2011. The butterfly garden serves as a memorial to the victims and to the "butterfly people" who many say saved their lives or protected them during the tornado. Here are fountains, trails and plants to attract butterflys. There are also two great playgrounds. One contains the... More 

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Eureka, Missouri
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Our waitress suggested we visit the park & we found it to be peaceful, pretty, informative & sad....

Thank Donna W
Neosho, Missouri
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Destroyed on May 20, 2011, this park has been rebuilt and is better than ever, offering Basketball courts, Grills, Horseshoe pits, Picnic pavilion, Picnic tables, Playground, Rest rooms, Swimming, Tennis courts, Walking trail. Also, offered nearby is the Cunningham Swimming Pool. A reasonable priced public pool with everything for a great family swim experience.

Thank Tammy S
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

We stopped here specifically to visit the memorial on our mid-west road trip. My daughter has read the book about the 2011 Joplin tornado and we wanted to stop to visit the memorial. If you are on I44, it is five minutes off the highway and an easy stop. It would be a great place for road travelers with kids... More 

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JoplinParks, Owner at Cunningham Park, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review! We hope that you will come back and visit again when it's cooler! Sincerely, Joplin Parks and Recreation More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

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 

Thank Scott S
Cedar Rapids, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

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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