Lamar City Park
Beautifully landscaped and fully functional, the Lamar City Park is the pride of Lamar. Located on the grounds of the City Park is the Lamar Aquatic Park, an RV park and 8 baseball/softball fields. There is also an enclosed shelter, fish pond, 6 covered pavilions, a one mile walking trail with fitness stations every quarter mile, a children’s playground, 2 lighted basketball courts, a sand volley ball pit, a wooden covered bridge, a Burlington Northern Caboose and a lighted tennis court. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a day at the Park.
The park is the site of the mile-long walking / biking trail. Paved in 2010 in cooperation with Barton County Memorial Hospital through a grant from Missouri Health Foundation, it is handicapped accessible and all at level grade. Click for a Trail Guide.
City Park has overnight RV parking with a 7 night limit, the first two at no charge, and subsequent nights, up to a total of 7 at only $10.00 a night. The RV park is on the western edge of the City Park.
At City Park we reserve only 2 shelters, shelters 1 and 3. A refundable damage/ cleanup deposit of $25.00 is required at least a week in advance. The other covered shelters require no reservation, and are on a first come, first served basis. To reserve Shelter 1 or Shelter 3 (the large shelter closest to the tennis courts and across from main playground) call 417-682-5422. Be sure to give your contact information and the date you want, and the caretaker will get back with you as soon as possible. A permit may be required for your event if you are holding an event for the public to attend. Call 417-682-5851 to determine if a permit is needed.
Wheeler Park is the site of a kid’s fishing pond, playground, picnic areas, and natural beauty.
The land for Wheeler Park was donated by the developer of the Wheeler housing subdivision, on what used to be the Wheeler Farm. Quaint wooden wagon wheels mark the entrance to the subdivision, of which the park is the centerpiece.
Playground equipment has been installed and picnic tables placed on the grounds. Charcoal grills are available for cooking. Two wooden bridges have been completed with an iron crescent bridge spanning the water to the island in the pond. The shelter has a family bathroom. The shelter can be reserved in advance for functions by addressing the Park Board at their regularly scheduled meeting, the first Monday of every month at 5 PM at city hall Council Chambers. If no reservation exists, then it used on a first come first served basis.
Wheeler Park is also the site of the Memorial Avenue of Trees,and the site of the swing and arborrbor, and rose garden given in honor of Claire Wheeler Sutherland, friend and benefactor of Wheeler Park.
Memorial Avenue of Trees
The Memorial Avenue is a response of the Park Board to those people who have wished to donate a tree to the park system in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate an event. All the trees in this avenue are the lovely Red Sunset Maple. A permanent plaque has been established on the west end of the in the avenue which borders the north edge of the park. The monument honors those for whom trees are planted.
This avenue of trees has been filled. The Park Board at their discretion can approve the planting of a memorial tree in any of the city’s parks. To find out more, or to donate a tree, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (417) 682-5851 The trees will be selected and cared for by the Parks Department.