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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Jan./Feb. 2019

New Development = New Amenities

A memorial garden honoring veterans is being built at Veterans Tribute Park.

Rendering of the Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park.

Happy New Year! As we continue to enhance and develop our regional parks system, 2019 is going to be another busy year for the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department with many additions and changes. From the installation of a memorial garden at Veterans Tribute Park, to the grand opening of a Major League Baseball exhibit at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum, to the development of new campsites and trails, these additions are sure to bring something for everyone! Here’s a sneak peak of some of the projects being planned this year:

  • Construction of the Veterans Memorial Garden (rendering above) at our newest 120-acre park near Weldon Spring is expected to start this spring and will be completed just in time to host a Veterans Day celebration. The memorial will feature an informational walk through a beautiful garden with historical interpretive signs that highlight the major conflicts from the War of 1812 — when St. Charles County was officially established — to present day. The focal point of the memorial will showcase a fountain and decorative stone wall with names of the men and women from St. Charles County who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Plans are being made for a community event that will honor all veterans and commemorate the completion of the memorial.
  • Plans for Riverside Landing in St. Charles are underway and the site soon will be a unique outdoor recreation attraction. This 7.73-acre Mississippi riverside park will undergo major renovations this spring, including the construction of a campground, picnic area, new boat ramp, docks for fishing, kayak launch area, and public restrooms. When construction is complete, Riverside Landing will be "the place to go" for camping and water enthusiasts from across the state!

  • Our park staff is in the process of completing a new "homegrown" Major League Baseball exhibit at the Heritage Museum near St. Charles. The new display features 21 professional players from St. Charles County. Former professional baseball pitcher Mark Buehrle of St. Charles and father and son duo Ken and Tom Heintzelman of St. Peters are among the Big League players being featured in the new exhibit. The baseball exhibit will showcase memorabilia from players, photos, and more, and it's expected to open just in time for the St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 2019. For more information about this or other exhibits at the museum, call 636-255-6000. 

  • Attention kids of all ages! A new dirt pump track is under construction at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) near Dardenne Prairie and will be open this spring. The looping trail system consists of a continuous circuit of banked turns interspaced by rollers and other features that can be ridden on a bike without pedaling. If you have a bike and are interested in learning more about how the new dirt pump track works and is maintained, join us for our first YAP dirt pump track work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. The event is being hosted by Gateway Off-Road Cyclists and is expected to be a great time! Look for more details about the pump track work day on the YAP Facebook page at and on our website at
  • The Phase II development of the Daniel Boone Hays Home, a historic home located in Matson Hill Park near Defiance, is in full swing. This project involves the restoration of the home and the surrounding area of the 475-acre park. As part of the plan, a new entrance road is being built off Highway F, just two miles from The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance that will give park guests direct access to the Hays home. Plans to design, construct, and install interpretive signs inside the home also are being made. When work is complete, the beautiful 1830s stone home will feature museum quality displays of the Hays and Boone families and will be open to visitors for tours. The entire project is anticipated to take several months to complete. If you have questions about the project, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.  

  • Development at The Park at New Melle Lakes, a 400-acre park located on the former New Melle Golf Course, continues to evolve with renovations to the house overlooking the lake scheduled to begin this year. The updates include an outdoor space with seating and an indoor room available for the public to reserve for small gatherings. Development of a conceptual design for adding amenities for the rest of the park is planned for 2019. 

  • St. Charles County's largest park, Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville, is getting new amenities, too! Eight new campsites and a 2.1-mile paved trail for foot traffic and bicyclists will be built along Loop Road and completed just in time for camping season. The new campsites will be located near the Group Camping Area and feature space for two tents, a covered table, and fire ring. The cost will be $10 per night and reservations will be required. 

All acquisition, development, operations, and maintenance of County parks are funded from a local use tax approved by voters in 1997. This ongoing source of park revenue has no sunset and is generated from a tax on goods purchased out of state.

For more information about these projects, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

Park Staff Wins Regional Award

Congratulations William Ray for winning a regional award!

Congratulations to one of our interpretive staff at The Historic Daniel Boone Home for winning a regional award! William Ray, Lead Interpreter, will receive the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Region 6 2018 Master/Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award next month at the annual conference in Wichita, Ks.
NAI Region 6 recognizes outstanding interpretation through a slate of 12 awards that are presented at the conference each year. These elite winners are professionals and volunteers who are involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage, and reside in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Check out this video of William performing at our Traditional Music Day event at The Historic Daniel Boone Home last summer. The annual event features musicians playing traditional sounds of today and songs of yesteryear throughout the village grounds.

Say 'I Do' in Our Parks! 

Get married in a scenic St. Charles County Park!

Brides from across the state are choosing St. Charles County Parks for their weddings because of our natural park settings with scenic landscapes. Imagine your ceremony surrounded by white sandy beaches overlooking a picturesque lake, or in a charming church nestled among a quaint historic village in the park.

Voted Best of Weddings by "The Knot" and Best of Missouri by "Wedding Spot," our beautiful wedding venues are for do-it-yourself brides who are looking for the perfect place to host their special day in their own way.

If you'd like to learn more about our wedding venues and fees, join us at the St. Louis' Best Bridal Show on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the St. Charles Convention Center, or check out our wedding venues online.

What's 'Growing' On in 2019  

Join us for a Phenological Walk in the park!

If you are interested in the science of nature and the natural cycles of the ecosystems in our parks, then you won’t want to miss the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2019 Phenological Walks series from January through December. This new interpretive program led by park horticulture specialists begins at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at Veterans Tribute Park near Weldon Spring, and 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month at The Park at New Melle Lakes near New Melle.

Each guided walk lasts about one hour and focuses on a different aspect of nature each month. Participants observe and discuss the cycles of budding plants, migrating birds and other naturally occurring and seasonal events that take place at the park from year to year. Learning about phenology is a fascinating way to deepen your appreciation and understanding of nature.

The program is free and open to all ages, but registration is required. To register or for more information about the walks, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535 or visit

Show and Tell at the Museum  

Show off your family herlooms and personal treasures at Heritage Musuem!

Bring your family heirlooms, personal treasures, and oral histories to the Heritage Museum from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 14, for our Show and Tell at the Museum event. Space is limited, and pre-registration required.

This new ‘pop-up museum’ style program gives participants the opportunity to share treasures and stories in an informal, fun setting. Historic photos of St. Charles County, objects related to history, and conversation pieces are encouraged. The program features a behind-the-scenes look at some objects from the County collection not on display! Light refreshments will be provided

For more information about the program, call the museum at 636-255-6000 or pre-register online.

More Events and Important Dates

Jan. 11: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Jan. 12: A Day In The Life: Frontier Women
Jan. 18: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Jan. 20: Total Eclipse of the Moon
Jan. 25: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Feb. 1: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Feb. 2: Winter Trails Day  
Feb. 8: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Feb. 9: Hands-On Heritage: Maple Sugar Making
Feb. 15: Moon Walk  
Feb. 15: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Feb. 16-18: Great Backyard Bird Count 
Feb. 17: Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave
Feb. 22: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
March 1: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 2: Washers Tournament
March 5-19: Scooter 101 & 102 Group Lessons
March 6-20: Skateboard 101 & 102 Group Lessons
March 7-21: BMX 101 & 102 Group Lessons
March 7: Little Explorer Nature Program
March 8: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 15: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 16: Search Party 2019
March 22: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 29: FrogWatch USA Volunteer Training 
March 29: Friday Night Public Stargazing
March 30: Family Hike and Campfire
March 30: Sappington-Dressel Home: A Heritage Preserved 
April 4: Little Explorer Nature Program
April 5: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 5-7: KIDSZONE at 2019 St. Charles Home Show 
April 6: Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking
April 7: ICCP Challenge
April 10: Volunteer Appreciation Night 
April 12: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 13: EGGstravaganza Hunt
April 14: Show and Tell at the Museum 
April 14: Lila, Life of a Missouri Slave
April 19: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 20: Pollinator Party 
April 26: Friday Night Public Stargazing
April 27: Farming Ways of the Frontier

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