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Parks & Recreation

The vision of the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department is to be the place and time where memorable and fulfilling moments happen in the lives of the citizens we serve.

The mission of the Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department is to improve the lives of all Kirksville citizens, maintain high-quality parks and facilities, offer exceptional programming, and enrich the identity of this community through special events.


The Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for managing the Kirksville Aquatic Center, all City parks, and trails. We strive enhance the quality of life for both residents and visitors by providing a variety of amenities and services. Our parks cater to all age groups, offering opportunities for fun and enjoyment. 

In 2022, the comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan was developed. This modern planning document serves as a roadmap for capital improvement projects, funding strategies, maintenance standards, and guides future park expansion, programs, and recreational needs for the next 15 years. Explore the Master Plan and its Appendix to learn more about our vision for the future of parks and recreation in Kirksville.

The City of Kirksville offers the Tribute Tree and Memorial Bench Program, allowing citizens to commemorate a loved one by planting a tree or installing a bench in a city facility. Discover how you can take part in our Tribute Tree and Memorial Bench Program.

Owners of residential property that abuts to a public right of way owned by the City may be eligible for the Residential Street Tree Program.  Due to the impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer, this program give preference to the replacement of effected trees.

The City of Kirksville offers a variety of activities designed for everyone in your family, from children to adults.  Explore our current programs and events.  Be sure to mark your calendar for upcoming activities! 

You can register for any program or event, purchase boat permits and reserve facilities using the Program Registration Portal.

The Kirksville Parks and Recreation now offers a Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to qualifying program participants.   

Consider utilizing these Sponsorship Opportunities to promote your business or organization while supporting recreational opportunities for thousands each year.  

Stay in the loop with notifications from the City of Kirksville.  Program registration information and even ball field closures will be announced through this system. Sign up today to ensure you never miss out on the latest happenings. 



The Kirksville Aquatic Center is open all year 'round and offers many fitness classes and swim lessons.


Indoor Pool Birthday Parties 

The indoor pool party cove can be reserved for $25 per hour during our regular winter hours of operation.  In addition to the rental fee, admission must be paid for everyone who attends the party. Admission is discounted to $5 per swimmer and $3 for each non-swimmer. Guests may use pool passes for their admission. Email Cody Bryant at c.bryant@kirksvillecity.com to schedule a birthday party. 

Cake, ice cream, drinks and other treats may be brought in for the party. No glass containers are allowed. Reminder, children 8 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

Water Park Birthday Parties 

An outdoor shade cabaña can be reserved for $25 per hour during our regular summer hours of operation.  In addition to the rental fee, admission must be paid for everyone who attends the party. Admission is discounted to $5 per swimmer and $3 for each non-swimmer. Guests may use pool passes for their admission. Email Cody Bryant at c.bryant@kirksvillecity.com to schedule a birthday party. 

Cake, ice cream, drinks and other treats may be brought in for the party. Pizza may be pre-ordered from the concession stand for $13 a pizza.  No glass containers are allowed. Reminder, children 8 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult.


NERF Party at the Armory

The indoor NERF course can be reserved for $100 for a 2 hour party.  Simply bring your own NERF guns and use the provided safety goggles and bullets. Tables, chairs, refrigerator and freezer available for use. Please fill out this form to request your party. 


It is the policy of the City of Kirksville to make City parks, lakes, streets, and other facilities available to its citizens within the rules and regulations governing such facilities. 

Learn more about applying for a Special Event.

Lifeguards

Lifeguards are responsible for ensuring the safety of patrons in the aquatic facility and wading pools by preventing and responding to emergencies.
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age.  Lifeguard training provided at not cost.


Swim Lessons Instructors

Swim Instructors are responsible for conducting group and private swimming lessons following provided lesson plans.  
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age.  Previous teaching experience preferred.  On the job training provided at no cost.


Admissions/Concessions Worker

Admissions/Concessions Workers are responsible for greeting patrons as they enter the Aquatic Center, recording transactions, preparing, and handilin concessions food.
Applicants must be at least 15 years of age, and possess excellent customer service skills. Food handler training provided at no cost.


Park Maintenance Worker

Park Maintenance Workers are responsible for the day to day upkeep of the parks including marking ball fields, mowing grass, trash removal, and landscaping.
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and have previous mowing experience.


Apply now to join the Kirksville Parks and Recreation team!

Phone:  660.627.1485

Fax: 660.627.1419

Address: 801 E. Mill Street


Parks and Recreation Director
Rodney Sadler
rsadler@kirksvillecity.com

Assistant Parks and Recreation Director
Robin Harden
rlharden@kirksvillecity.com

Recreation Coordinator
Luke Callaghan
lcallaghan@kirksvillecity.com

Aquatics Specialist
Cody Bryant
c.bryant@kirksvillecity.com