The City of Joplin and the Parks and Recreation Department hired our design team to help guide the City through a Parks and Recreation Master Plan process. This plan will act as a roadmap for the City to make improvements to the park system for the next 10 years.


To make this plan a success, we need input from you! There are many different ways to get involved with this project, which you can find on this website. It will also be updated throughout the project with information from public meetings, engagement activities, and the final Master Plan document.


Check this website to keep up to date! 



Our team is made up of landscape architects, urban planners, architects and recreation specialists.

The firms collaborating on this project are: Landworks Studio, SFS Architecture, and Ballard*King.


the process


The first phase focuses on creating early goals and objectives, creating the community survey and getting to know the community through a Pop Up event.


The second phase entails conducting a demographic analysis of Joplin, assessing each of the park spaces/facilities, and having another Pop Up event.

Analysis + planning

The third phase is when the heart of the document is created. The design team will hold a strategic planning retreat with City Staff to finalize goals and objectives, as well as create draft priorities and recommendations. These will be presented to the public with a final open house.

Approve + implement

The fourth and final phase is for the final recommendations and document to be created. This will also include approval presentations.

Our Mission

The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department provides quality parks, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Joplin and surrounding communities.

People in Park
In the Playground


  • To enhance the quality of existing parks

  • Create a unified identity 

  • Contribute to a collective understanding of parks and recreation amenities 

  • Achieve sustainability  


  • Provide maintenance friendly improvements

  • Illustrate and tell park history

  • Inventory assets 

  • Create comprehensive maps

  • Determine departmental capacity

  • Create connectivity between park spaces

  • Identify and use partnerships