50th Anniversary of the Roubidoux Park

Time capsule & MEMORY LANE donations - ROUBIDOUX RAFT RACE


JUNE 4TH, 2022


In June of 1972, Mayor CW Parker and the City Council officially named the park in downtown Waynesville the Roubidoux Park by Ordinance.  Since that time, the park has grown, not only in size, but in beauty and character.  

So come join us for a fun-filled day of memories and thoughts of the future as we come together to celebrate the Roubidoux Park's first 50 years.



Memories of the Roubidoux Park are vast and reach around the world due to our military neighbors.  Because of this, the City is dedicating a Time Capsule that will be located in the park for future generations to enjoy.  We invite the community to donate items to the time capsule in an effort to make its contents as diversified as we can. 

Please keep in mind that there is limited space in the capsule.  Items should be small in nature and represent either Roubidoux Park or the City of Waynesville, itself.  We will take donations until the capsule is full.  Any donations received after will be returned to the owner.  

Type of Items to Donate:   Letters, pictures, small trinkets, pamphlets, etc.  A book will be made available for those attending the event to sign and leave small messages to those who will open the capsule in the future.  Donations can be dropped off at Waynesville City Hall or mailed to 100 Tremont Center, Waynesville, MO.  65583.



Do you have a fond memory of the Roubidoux Park? a story? a picture?  Then bring them down to the Park the day of the celebration and add them to the Memory Lane exhibit!  You are welcome to bring your memories to City Hall if you would like for us to include them and you are unable to attend the day of the celebration.  We will make sure they make it to the Lane.  We can't wait to see how long Memory Lane can get!






It's back folks!  Whether you are a group of friends, a family or a business engaging in some healthy competition, with the competition, be sure to get your registration in today!  All entries must be recieved no later than May 25th. 

Here are the categories for awards:

  • Fastest Time
  • People's Choice (Design)
  • The Lawrence Beamer Award (Design)



If you can find it on Route 66 then it can be the theme of your float!  From rocking chairs to big blue whales the sky is the limit!  Show us your best Route 66 raft!!!  But even if you have no artistic flare, build a "Anything that Floats" raft and come join the fun anyway!!



Are you a business looking for some awesome advertising!  Then look no further than the Roubidoux Raft Race!  Whether you sponsor a float or build your own everyone will have their eyes on these beauties!!

Rafts will be judged by event goers and by select guest judges!  Win that recognition your business deserves!  

You'll also find yourself broadcast live on Facebook as we document this momentous occasion!! 




There is nothing better than a group of friends, riding down the roaring Roubidoux River on the back of a Giant Blue Whale!  Grab your power drill and your imagination and head on down to the Roubidoux!

Not sure how to begin?  Check out the Information pamphlet we have provided below, it has ton of great and cheap advice on how to build your rafting masterpiece!!