Parks of Cape Girardeau
Arena Park, home of the SEMO District Fair
Kiwanis Drive & Kingshighway
Arena Park is a 90 acre community park which contains the A.C. Brase Arena, 10 shelters, 60 picnic tables, 4 playgrounds, 16 softball/baseball fields, 4 tennis courts, one basketball court, and one rugby court. The A.C. Brase Arena serves the community as a recreation facility, rental facility, and the site for administrative office for the Parks and Recreation Department. Arena Park is the site for many annual public events, the largest being the SEMO District Fair and the primary site for most softball and baseball games.
Broadway and West End Boulevard
Capaha Park is the oldest park in Cape Girardeau's park system being acquired in 1914. The park contains 3 ball fields, one basketball court, 3 play structures, a "tot lot" or toddler playground, two restrooms facilities, 3 shelters, a disc golf course, one bandshell, the Rose Garden and a 3.5 acre fishing pond. One of the baseball fields is home to the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks and the Capahas, a semi professional baseball team. Click here to view the disc golf course.
Cape County Park North & Cape County Park South
Kingshighway and County Park Drive
With over 200 acres of park land, Cape County Park North and Cape County Park South are the largest parks in Cape. Separated by Kingshighway, Cape County Park North is home to the Conservation Nature Center, a small fishing pond, 88 picnic tables, 8 shelters, 4 play areas, 3 restrooms, a basketball court and walking trails. Additional features include a braille trail and wooded acreage. The parks make the perfect backdrop for a picnic.
Cape Rock Park
North Cape Rock Drive
Located in the northeast part of the city, the park contains 21.3 acres, and offers a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. This park was the original trading post established by Ensign Girardot for whom the city is named. The park is mainly undeveloped in an effort to promote the natural area located on the west side of the property. There are several benches located on the grounds, perfect for meditation, reading or reflection.
Rotary Drive off Perryville Road and Lexington Ave
Contains 55.8 acres and was acquired by the City of Cape Girardeau in 1972. The park contains three shelters, one pick up baseball field, one small pond, two playgrounds with slides, and one restroom facility. Quiet and scenic, this park is a favorite for families with children.
City Hall Park
The park consists of 1.8 acres of green space to be used for leisure activities by the citizens of Cape Girardeau and visitors. This park is located behind City Hall.
Sprigg Street and Lexington Avenue
An 18 acre park with a mountain bike course. For more information about mountain biking in the area, contact Cyclewerx
West Cape Rock Drive and Scivally Drive
This is a small neighborhood park with one shelter and one play area. The park features tall shade trees and a stately stone bridge over the Walker Branch Creek, often used by local photographers for family portraits.
Fort Street and Locust
Fort D is a Civil War Historic Site and the only remaining fort and earthworks of the four originally built in Cape Girardeau. The site was designed by John Wesley Powell and the earthworks were constructed in 1861. The site also contains a limestone building that was constructed in 1937 as a federal WPA project.
Jean Ann Drive
A 1.8 acre park consisting of one mini-shelter and one play area.
William Street and Lorimier Street
This 1.9 acre park contains one mini shelter, two basketball courts and one play structure.
Broadway and Kingsway Drive (just east of Burger King)
Consists of one shelter and one play area.
Fountain Street and Park Drive
The 6.3 acres park contains a half basketball court, green space and the only skateboard park in the city.
1627 North Kingshighway
Covers 52 acres, and is the site for the Osage Community Centre. The Center is a multi purpose building designed for conventions, meetings, special events and sports activities.
Broadway and Water Street
Located on the river side of the flood wall, the park contains 1.5 acres with terraced seating for an amphitheater effect.
Shawnee Park Sports Complex
Twin Trees Park
State Highway 74 and West End Boulevard
The Complex consist of five lighted 300-foot softball fields with scoreboards, covered dugouts, water fountains, changing rooms, restrooms and a completed concession facility. This is also the site for twelve soccer fields, including three lighted tournament fields.
North Cape Rock Drive along the Mississippi River
Located on the northern boundaries of the city. The hiking trail at the park established a partnership between the City of Cape Girardeau, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Southeast Missouri State University for the purpose of providing a natural area for the public to enjoy.
Ranney Street and College Street
One shelter and six picnic tables are located on this 1.2 acre neighborhood park.
William and Main Street
This is a small green space located on a median across from Old St. Vincent's Church.
May Greene Garden
Fountain and Themis Street
This lovely "pocket park" consists of many varieties of flowers and plants. Wooden benches in the park allow for a leisurely rest in downtown Cape Girardeau.
For additional information about the parks or to reserve picnic ramadas, see the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Rec department.