The city park system was born in 1938 with the dedication of .95 acres of land by John and Camilla Barnitz to be used as a neighborhood park. Over the next 73 years, the park system has expanded to include 233 acres of land that is divided into 30 parks and includes 8.5 miles of trails and the 40-acre Rolla Cemetery, which was incorporated into the city in 1861. The Parks Department manages small, neighborhood parks that only include playground equipment, to Ber Juan Park, which includes a softball/baseball complex, tennis courts, lake, and the City's Recreation Centre and outdoor pool facilities in its 85 acres.
The Parks Department manages 31 separate park locations, ranging from small, neighborhood parks to the city's signature 85-acre Ber Juan Park. Taken together, these parks encompass more than 235 acres within the City, and provide open green space, facilities, and recreational opportunities at close proximity to nearly any location in Rolla.
Ann's Acres Park
An undeveloped park consisting of 1.66 acres lying along the creek near the intersection of Soest and Pinetree.
Arwood Hills Park
A .23 acre undeveloped park located off Vichy Road.
Barnitz Park, located at the corner of 5th and Iowa, is a one-acre neighborhood park with playground equipment and a basketball court.
Ber Juan Park
Nearly 85 acres of open grassland, walking trails, and top of the line recreational facilities make Ber Juan the centerpiece of Rolla's parks. Ber Juan Park is located in the east-central part of Rolla, bordered on the south by 10th Street (Highway BB), on the west by Holloway and Farrar, on the north by 14th and 18th streets, and on the east by Burgher Branch. Key areas of interest are the tennis courts and SplashZone, at the corner of 14th and Holloway; two play areas including an all-inclusive playground and picnic area on 14th street east of the SplashZone; the Skate Park at 14th and Farrar; a nine-hole disc golf course; and the Ber Juan Sportsplex, a multi-field baseball, softball, and soccer complex located in the north-east corner of the park, off of 18th Street. The complex is utilized by city adult recreational leagues, youth summer camps, youth team practices, and Rolla High School and Missouri S&T athletic teams and intramurals. In addition, a walking and exercise trail encompasses most of the Park, with outdoor fitness equipment stationed along the trail. Much of the south-eastern portion of the Park, along 10th Street and up the line of Burgher Branch, is open, rolling grassland, crossed by walking paths and shaded by stands of trees. Ber Juan Park offers 2 picnic shelters, 4 softball fields, 1 baseball field, 6 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, 3 soccer fields, 3 playgrounds, and 1.5 miles of exercise trails.
Nearly 7 acres located at 10th and Wakefield make up Breuer, which offers a playground, softball field, and a football/soccer field.
4.12 acres cover a portion of the old Rolla Fairgrounds site at the intersection of Kings highway (Business 63) and Fairgrounds Road. Buehler Park offers a pavilion/picnic shelter, playground equipment, and a dog park.
An undeveloped park of just under 1 acre in size, located on Casey Lane.
Coventry is a spacious, nearly 15 acre park lying along Coventry Drive, bordering Burgher Branch in eastern Rolla. Amenities include a playground area, basketball court, football/soccer field, and 2 softball fields.
Deer Crossing Park
Undeveloped park with .85 acres of land on Lanning Lane.
Deer Crossing III
Undeveloped .55 acre parcel near Green Acres Park & Southview Dr.
Green Acres Park
Green Acres Parks consists of nearly 13 acres along Dieble Creek, south of Highway 72. The park is accessible off of both Green Acres Drive and Olive Street, and offers a lighted softball field, two playgrounds, picnic shelter / pavilion, basketball court, bathroom, three pickleball courts, and a sand volleyball court.
Heritage Heights Park
2 undeveloped acres off of McCutchen Drive.
Hypoint Industrial Park
Hypoint located in the Industrial Park offers five acres that feature a .5 mile walking trail loop, a basketball court and a multi-purpose field.
Lanning Wooden Bridge Park
The City's smallest developed park, Lanning Wooden Bridge Park is .03 acres at the corner of 4th and Main and features an historic wooden foot bridge over the railroad.
Lariat Lane Park
An undeveloped park area encompassing 1.4 acres at the intersection of Southview and Lariat Lane.
A small neighborhood park under .5 acres, located on Commercial Drive in south-east Rolla, Maggi Park features both a basketball court and playground for residents around the Highway 72 & Highway O intersection.
Meadow Brook Park
Undeveloped 1 acre, located on Meadowbrook Drive off of White Columns Road.
Situated at the corner of 10th and Angus Valley, Murry Park has a basketball court, a playground and a pagoda on its four-tenths of an acre.
A undeveloped .6 acre tract at Newcastle and Winchester Dr.
Nearly 2 acres off Vichy Road and Rose Glade Drive, the site includes a playground.
Powell Park offers a basketball court and playground equipment for residents near the corner of 11th and Poole.
A basketball court, a playground, and lots of trees are the key features of Ridgeview Park, with its 4+ acres of land around the intersection of Ridgeview and Morrell in western Rolla and adjacent to the new Highway 72 extension.
Measuring more than 15 acres, Schuman Park is second in size only to Ber Juan among Rolla's currently developed park areas. In addition to its lighted softball field and 4 basketball courts, Schuman offers 2 picnic shelter/pavilions, 2 playgrounds, and a sand volleyball court. Two main visual features of the park, which is located between Oak, 14th, and the railroad tracks, are the Frisco Pond, which once served as a major source of water for the railroad, and the restored Frisco steam engine, oil tender, and passenger car which are covered and lighted for protection from the elements and easy viewing. Schuman's location near student housing east of the Missouri S&T campus makes this park a frequent spot for University students.
Slightly more than 2 acres, located on Silverleaf Lane in southern Rolla, this park is undeveloped.
A large park at 27 acres, Southview Park is located between the Hutchinson and Newcastle subdivisions along Dieble Creek. This park is currently undeveloped, but a section of the City's walking / biking path follows the creek through park land.
Tim Ponzer Park
An undeveloped park consisting of 8.4 acres along Sycamore and Cypress drives and Dieble Creek in southeastern Rolla.
Tory Park, located on Tory Drive in northeastern Rolla, is over 3 acres in size.
Town & Country Park
This 1 acre neighborhood park is located at Soest Road and South Murry Lane, and offers a basketball court and a pair of playground areas.
Wedgewood Park is located on Chestnut Drive in southern Rolla, and offers over 6 acres with a basketball court, a playground, and plenty of trees, as well as access to the walking / biking trail along Dieble Creek.
Veterans Memorial Park
Located off Southview Drive, this 27.04 acre park was given as park land requirements in 1986. Coordinated and planned by the South Central Regional Veterans Group, with help from the city's Parks and Public Works departments and a host of volunteers, the park has added a number of features over the years. The parking lot was finished in 2009, the pentagon in 2011, the pavilion in 2012, the first memorial bricks in 2013, the arch in 2013, the MIA/POW Monument in 2013, the Memorial Walk in 2015, restrooms in 2016, the second arch in 2016, Memorial Walk Monuments in 2016, and the Purple Heart Monument in 2017. The final phase will cover the seating area near the Armed Forces Pentagon. The Acorn Trail borders the park, which is also connected via the trail to Green Acres Park. A variety of functions happens at the park every year, notably the Veterans and Memorial Day observances for the city.
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