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Cunningham Park

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Address: W 25th St at S Maiden Lane, Joplin, MO
Phone Number: 4176254750

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 12, 2016
Joplin, Missouri
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Joplin, Missouri
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170 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
3 attraction reviews
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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25 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 

Thank BJFSub
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

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 

1 Thank OmahaFamily
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Deborah B
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363 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Melisha M

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