In years past groups gathered for dance lessons, dog obedience classes, cooking shows, demonstrations, and tournaments of various sports, along with other areas of interest that utilized Memorial Hall. Today, the City of Joplin does not have facility options that can accommodate the wide variety of youth and adult sports, recreation, and personal enrichment our citizens have enjoyed over the last 100 years. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department has had to limit its indoor programming due to the lack of available space.
Imagine the Future.
Since Memorial Hall’s dedication in 1925, many new recreational activities and hobbies have developed. These new activities offer opportunities for our citizens and visitors to actively participate in various programs, while also encouraging spectators to enjoy the fun as well. The proposed renovation of Memorial Hall includes room for both, with telescopic seats that can be used along the floor or retracted to allow for more space needed for a full-size basketball court, two volleyball courts, or just open space for dance or fitness classes. The balcony will be upgraded, and several different group seating areas will be added.
The plan for a completely renovated Memorial Hall, which includes an attached 8,500 square foot annex to the west, allows for even more flexibility and optional set-ups for various recreational activities and groups, large or small. Activities could include, but are not limited to: