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Krug Park, Saint Joseph

Krug Park, located at the northern end of the Parkway St. Joseph in Saint Joseph, Missouri, is a large city park with Italian Renaissance structures, extensive landscaping and flowerbeds. The park's 163acre house an amphitheater, a lagoon, rose gardens, picnic areas, an Italian castle, scenic walking trails, and various playgrounds. Also featured is a North American native animal exhibit housing buffalo, deer, and longhorn cattle. Krug Park "lights up" during the holiday season as Holiday Park.HistoryThe park is often referred to as St. Joseph's oldest park. While other areas were given for public use earlier, it is true that Krug Park was the first public outing area under the jurisdiction of the board of park commissioners which received public expenditure. As such, it was developed before any other parks. On February 26, 1890, Henry Krug, donated 10acre to the City for use exclusively as a park, on the conditions "that no intoxicating liquors shall ever be kept, sold or disposed of in or upon said premises...nor shall any gambling or gambling devices be permitted." The City was to keep the park in good condition, under police control, and expend annually at least $2,000.00 under the direction of the park commissioners.Early plans of Krug Park are not available, but from narrative sources it appears that the City quickly spent in excess of the required $2,000.00 per year. As St. Joseph's only developed public space, Krug Park became the "catch-all" for everything that the public seemed to desire. Park Superintendent Rudolph G. Rau seemed particularly fond of flower displays and formally designed beds, and Krug Park boasted many such spectacular displays. It also had at one time a zoo, greenhouses, botanical gardens, gazebos, the Robidoux cabin, a fountain, and a lily pond.
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  • This is a lovely park that has many uses. Many play areas, lovely rose garden, some wildlife (we saw a huge steer with huge horns), and an amphitheater. The drive around the park is a one way road wit...  more »
  • I love taking drives and strolls around here. The Castle is a beautiful place for photo ops and the Christmas lights are amazing in Winter. I like that they brought back the bison and cattle in the ob...  more »
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  • This is a very nice park in St. Jo. Unfortunately it looks like it has fallen on hard times and could use some attention. Still, it's great that so much beautiful space has been dedicated to a park. Watch where you step - The geese have left their "gifts" everywhere.
  • Pretty park, and the play area and picnic shelters looked nice, but the trail part we did not like. The part we went to you had to walk through up to knee-high grass to get to the trail entrance and then the trail was very muddy, steep, and had broken glass fragments scattered throughout. We turned around after 2 minutes and got in the car and left.

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