Kirksville is rolling in green park space, with over 2,060 acres of parks, ponds, and lakes! We are fortunate to offer 130 acres of maintained park land within the city limits of Kirksville, making it hard to find a neighborhood that is not within walking distance to at least one of our many City parks!
Be sure to visit one of our lakes or ponds! With over 1,000 acres of water, there is no shortage of recreational opportunities. Winter trout fishing at Spur Pond, muskie fishing and duck hunting at Hazel Creek Lake, and spending the afternoon on a floating dock at at Forest Lake, located within Thousand Hills State Park are all adventures that can be had within our park system.
Check out the Reservations/Registrations Portal to take part in all the action!
The Parks and Recreation Department provides diverse programming for all ages throughout the year! New programs are developed annually to continue to meet the recreation and wellness needs of our community. Programs through the Aquatic Center and various traditional events, Parks and Recreation ensures quality, new experiences that you won't want to miss!
Use the Programs and Events quick link to learn about events for the entire family, adults, or children. Be sure to check back often for updates. Keep connected with us by liking the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Facebook page, and by signing up for City of Kirksville Notifications and Alerts.
The City of Kirksville has provided recreational and educational swimming opportunities for the Northeast Missouri region since the mid 1950s. In the 1990s the citizens of Kirksville approved 1/2-cent parks sales tax to replace the old municipal pool facility. The Aquatic Center was opened on June 19, 1999.
In the spring of 2017, the citizens of Kirksville once again approved a 1/2 cents parks sales tax to fund various park projects including a new Aquatic Center. The Kirksville Aquatic Center closed on November 27, 2019 for renovation and construction. The new Aquatic Center will open on Memorial Day weekend 2021.
Address: 201 S. Franklin
Kirksville, MO 63501
Rodney Sadler, Parks and Recreation Director
Robin Harden, Assistant Parks and Recreation Director
Luke Callaghan, Recreation Coordinator