Disaster Recovery Brings Hope and Opportunity to a City Left in Ruin

  • Client

    City of Joplin

  • Project Title

    Joplin Public Park

  • Location

    Joplin, MO

  • Size

    17 acres

The area where Mercy and Cunningham parks is located is considered ground zero for the EF-5 tornado that destroyed the hospital and ground its way six miles across Joplin.

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region


  • On the Books

  • Under Construction

  • Recently Completed

  • Design Study

  • Established

Project Type

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Placemaking and Branding

The May 2011 EF-5 tornado that ripped through southwestern Missouri left the City of Joplin in ruin.¬†With recovery efforts still taking place now four years later, an opportunity arose to develop a portion of the original St. John’s Mercy Hospital site with the vision to heal the city. The establishment of a passive public park will expand the green space currently being offered by Cunningham Park, and provide connectivity to existing facilities, businesses, and nearby amenities.