Located at 111 Memorial Park Drive off West Main Street, Memorial Park is best known for its extremely tall, thick tree canopy and the numerous squirrels that play feverishly in the park. Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center located on site is also an extremely popular place in the summer.
Originally named Binder Park (still the name of the street on the west side of the park), Memorial Park was renamed in 1946 to honor those who had served in World War II.
In addition to the Aquatic Center, the park features a scenic, shaded 1.1 mile trail, an asphalt basketball court, two playgrounds and composting exhibit provided by the River Bluffs Audubon Society. The Department of Parks and Recreation also operates a woodchip mulch give-a-way program at the compost exhibit site. Excess woodchips are dumped here for free pickup by the public.
MEMORIAL PARK AQUATIC CENTER
Open early-June to mid-August
If you are looking for a place for a large gathering, family reunion, or party, Memorial Pavilion is the perfect place! Located in an oak/hickory forest, the pavilion features a large shelter that accomodates up to 450 people, a kitchen facility for food preparation, bar-b-que pits, and restroom facilities. The largest and busiest picnic pavilion in the park system is located in Memorial Park. The pavilion has a capacity of 450 with two large bar-b-que grills, a spacious kitchen facility for food preparation or serving, and parking for 225 vehicles. There are also 17 covered picnic tables scattered throughout the park for family or small group outings.
One of the more noticeable features at Memorial Park is the multi-use fitness trail connecting many elements of the park. The 1.1 mile of trail was constructed in 1997 -1998 and funded by a Local Landmark Parks Program grant and capital improvement sales tax funds. The trail is designed for many uses including walking, jogging, biking and skating. Please remember motorized vehicles and ATV's are prohibited from using the trail. Come out and exercise while enjoying the 'natural' setting of Memorial Park.
RIVERBLUFFS AUDUBON SOCIETY COMPOST EXHIBIT
Learn how to turn yard waste (leaves and grass clippings) into "black gold" the magic ingredient that helps you produce gorgeous flowers and a bumper crop in the garden. The Memorial Park Composting Exhibit, co-sponsored by the River Bluffs Audubon Society, Jefferson City Departments of Parks & Recreation and Community Development, educates you about composting, how to build composting bins, and much more. Backyard composting workshops are offered in the fall and spring by the River Bluffs Audubon Society. Contact Parks & Recreation for dates.
WOODCHIP AND MULCH GIVE-A-WAY
Parks and Recreation operates a wood chip and mulch give-away program at the Composting Exhibit Site in Memorial Park. When excess wood chips or mulch are produced during forestry maintenance, they are dumped at the site and are free for the taking for the general public. Large supplies are frequently available. Just bring your vehicle and your shovel and load the wood chips or mulch anytime the park is open. This program is for give-away only - drop off of yard waste or other material is prohibited.