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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department – July/Aug 2016 

Take our new park survey!

What Do You Want From Your Parks?

     Time is running out! Please don't forget to take a few minutes to complete our New 2016 Parks survey that's available through July 1, 2016. Let us know what you want from YOUR parks!
     This survey will help us learn the views of residents. We are interested in knowing how our parks are used and what amenities residents feel are important in a park. Additionally, we want to compare our residents’ level of satisfaction with their experiences in St. Charles County amenities to that at amenities in St. Louis County. 
     Thank you in advance; we appreciate your time.

Fireworks are not allowed in St. Charles County Parks!

Fireworks Not Allowed in Parks 

     As Independence Day celebrations get underway,
please keep in mind that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in any St. Charles County Parks as per
St. Charles County Ordinance Chapter
250, Section 250.150
. The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department encourages everyone to enjoy fireworks at a public display.

Sign up for fun summer programs at the Youth Activity Park!

Summer Programs at the YAP 

    There's a lot to do this summer at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. Designed to provide a safe place for area youth, it's the largest outdoor skate park in the Midwest and a fun place to spend the summer! Youth of all ages can participate in the following park programs scheduled in July and August: 

     Come out and ride the new concrete! Our 33,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility recently was updated and features many new components, including coping surrounding the big bowl and several new roll-in features. The course is open year-round to users of all ages, with skateboards, inline skates, scooters, and BMX bikes. It has nighttime lighting; beginner, intermediate and advanced bowls; a street course; and snake run scattered with ramps, gaps, hubbas, and much more!  
     To access the skate course and rock wall at the park, all participants must have a parent signed waiver on file. Completed forms can be brought to the park, emailed to or faxed to 636-561-4963. 
     For more information about programs and the Youth Activity Park, call 636-561-4964 

or visit

Enjoy historical programs scheduled at our newest park, the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park.

Experience History in the Park

     Mark your calendar! Here is the lineup of programs planned at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, the Parks Department's newest park property that was recently gifted to us by Lindenwood University: 

  • Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave - July 24, Aug. 21 & Oct. 9
    noon – 5 p.m. 
  • Home School Day - Aug. 31
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Pioneer Days - Sept. 17 & 18
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Spirits of the Past - Oct. 22
    6 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Candlelight Tours - Dec. 2 & 3, 9 & 10
    6 – 10:30 p.m
     For more information about programs, tours, and visiting the Historic Boone Home at Lindenwood Park, call us at 636-949-7535 or visit
All participants of our Paint Your County Parks contest must attend the Nov. 10 reception.

Artists Wanted for Park Contest 

     The Parks Department is hosting its annual
"Paint Your County Parks" competition again this year. Artists from Missouri and Illinois who are 18 years and older are invited to participate in our park painting competition that begins Aug. 1 and ends Oct. 31.
     Artists may use a variety of painting methods to create a scene from any of our parks during the that time and submit a digital copy of their artwork to the Foundry Art Centre by Oct. 31.  
     On Thursday, Nov. 10, an appointed Juror will select three winning paintings at a reception at the Foundry Art Centre. One purchase prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the overall contest winner and two additional contestants will receive honorable mentions and $250 each. At the reception, guests get a chance to view the submitted artwork and talk to the artists. Light refreshments will be served at the
reception. Admission is free and open to all ages.
     For more information about the Paint Your County Parks competition rules, call the Foundry Art Centre at 636-255-0270. 

The Parks Department is planning three Total Solar Eclipse in the Park celebrations on Aug. 21, 2017.

Total Solar Eclipse Events Planned 

     The Parks Department and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) are preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse event that will be visible throughout St. Charles County on Monday, August 21, 2017! 
     As a result, we are planning three Total Eclipse in the Park celebrations at the following parks: Klondike Park in Augusta; Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance; and Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. These exciting events will be limited to 1,000 guests per park and each guest will receive a pair of commemorative eclipse glasses for safe viewing. 
     Since our events have limited space, and the total solar eclipse has the potential to bring thousands of visitors to our area, it's important for citizens, schools, businesses, and first responders to plan early, be prepared for increased tourists and traffic in our area, and safely view the total solar eclipse.
      Are you in the path of the total solar eclipse? Click on the link and zoom in on the map to see if your home, business, or school will be able to experience totality or total darkness when the moon is directly in front of the sun. Klondike Park will see 2 min. 14 secs. of totality, Broemmelsiek Park 1 min. 35 secs. of totality, and Quail Ridge Park 1 min. 1 sec. of totality.  
     To learn more about the total solar eclipse, our celebrations, and how you can be a part of the most memorable event of 2017, contact Parks Marketing Coordinator Nancy Lee Gomer at 636-949-7535.       

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