A donation of 20 acres of land to the city to use as a park by the Krugs created the recreational and holiday area known as Krug Park in Saint Joseph. It is the oldest park in the area, as the land was donated in 1890 and the park opened in 1902. Featuring Italian Renaissance structures, a wildlife preserve, bandstand and trail, the park is a very popular local destination in summer and winter months.
In the summer months, the trails and picnicking opportunities are what draw tourists. Both walking and cycling trails are available, and cyclists routinely complain that the trails are difficult if you don't know the area due to waterfalls, log crossings, and changes in grade. A race is hosted every year, however, and many do turn out for the event. Picnics, weddings, and family reunions are also regularly hosted in the park.
The winter attractions, however, make the summer beauty pale in comparison. Decorated to within an inch of its life and free to the public, Krug Park is transformed into a holiday park. Lighted arches, trees, winter scenes and other adornments light up the night for miles around. Traffic can be quite heavy as the drive path through the lights is only open in the evening hours for a limited time period. Official estimates say that more than 100,000 people come each year to see the lights.
Children will love the park in summer for play and in winter for the lights display. Pets are also found of the open space and travelers seeking a pet friendly zone with be quite happy with the park. Concerts and summer stock theater events are offered periodically; check local listings near the dates of your visit. Parking is abundant and free at the park, while pavilions and meeting spaces should be reserved in advance to ensure availability.
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