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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Jan./Feb. 2020

Find Your Perfect Place to Say, 'I Do!'

Find Your Perfect Place to Say 'I Do!' in a St. Charles County Park

Happy New Year and congratulations to all the brides- and grooms-to-be who recently became engaged over the holidays! Now that you are getting married, it's time to start looking for that perfect place to host your special day. Look no further! St. Charles County parks have stunning indoor and outdoor wedding and party venues to fit any budget. 

Imagine your ceremony surrounded by white sandy beaches overlooking a scenic park lake or in a charming church nestled among a quaint park village situated in the Historic Missouri Wine Country. Our beautiful venues are for the do-it-yourself couples who are looking for the perfect place to say, 'I Do!' 

Make your events memorable by 
booking your engagement party, wedding reception and ceremony at one of the popular facilities or picturesque areas in our parks. We take reservations up to two years in advance. 

To learn more about park wedding venues and other areas of the parks you can reserve, visit us at or call 636-949-7535.

Thank YOU for Helping US Reach 2.5 Million+ Visitors! 

Thanks for helping us reach more than 2 million visitors in St. Charles County Parks!

Thank you for helping the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department reach well over its goal of 2 million visitors in 2019! Our final count was 2,563,845 million; 1 million more than visited our parks in 2018! We couldn't have achieved this amazing milestone without the public's dedication and support. 

Parks Director Ryan Graham attributes this boost in attendance to the addition of 72 new public programs offered in 2019, along with the addition of three new parks at the end of 2018 –  Riverside LandingVeterans Tribute Park and The Park at New Melle Lakes

"We had 7,326 participants at our park programs," Graham says. "Our new programs were instrumental in getting this record-breaking number of visitors – despite the closing of three parks for a significant amount of time due to major flooding." 

"I want to send a shout out and huge thank you to our Parks staff for a tremendous year," Graham says. "We accomplished this milestone without adding any additional staff."  

As a growing regional parks system, the department strives to offer unique parks, diverse facilities, and a broad range of programs and special events for all ages to enjoy. Amenities are available for use by groups, families, and individuals at each of our parks and Include picnic shelters, camping facilities, and indoor facilities that can host weddings, family functions, and business conferences.

The St. Charles County Parks Department was created in 1997 after voters approved a local use tax with the sole purpose of park land acquisition, development, operations and maintenance. The department’s mission is to preserve natural and historic features in areas throughout the county for the use of future generations. Today, the department operates 16 parks that total 3,645 acres of acquired park land. 

The department is consistently looking for ways to improve amenities and offer guests new experiences in our parks. Our goal for 2020 and beyond is to make St. Charles County parks a destination for hiking, biking and walking with new and improved trails. Here's a sneak peek at some of the projects being planned this year:

  • The Phase II development of Matson Hill Park, 475 acres of beautiful parkland situated in the Historic Missouri Wine Country, is well underway. Restoration of the 1830s Daniel Boone Hays Home – built by Daniel Boone Hays, grandson of the famous pioneer – is nearly complete. Located just two miles from The Historic Daniel Boone Home, staff soon will add artifacts inside this new interpretive center which will feature displays showcasing the Hays and Boone families. The home will be open later this year for public tours. Restroom facilities and a large shelter are also being constructed as part of the Phase II park development of the park.

  • Development at The Park at New Melle Lakes, a 400-acre park located on the former New Melle Golf Course, continues to evolve. Renovations to the house overlooking the parks' 23-acre lake are 95 percent complete! The New Melle Landhaus will be the name of the new rental facility that is planned to open this year. With outdoor patio seating for up to 100 guests, this wedding/party venue will be perfect for any gathering. Lake access, a roadway and restrooms are also part of the design phase of this park development.

  • Construction on the largest asphalt pump track in the country is well underway at St. Charles County’s Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie. At an amazing 30,000-square feet, this monstrous track will stand above the rest with beginner, intermediate and advanced sections. The new facility is located next to the largest outdoor skate/bike course in Missouri already established in the park. The new track will consist of a circuit of paved rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders “pumping"—generating momentum by up and down body movements—instead of pedaling or pushing. When construction is complete this spring, the pump track will be open year-round, accommodate riders of all abilities, and provide the challenges necessary to host local and national bike competitions in the park. For more information, call the park at 636-561-4964 or follow us on Facebook for frequent construction updates.

  • At 603 acres, Indian Camp Creek Park is St. Charles County's largest park. A 2.1 mile trail around Loop Road currently is under construction and when complete, will offer a safe path or hikers and bikers alike.

  • Coming soon! The largest publicly-available telescope in the state of Missouri will be unveiled with a grand opening celebration at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Viewing Area this spring. Members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) will use the 32" dobsonian telescope to entertain and educate the public during Friday Night Stargazing events and other special events at the site. This exciting venture is a community partnership between the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and ASEM. An official announcement with details about the grand opening celebration will be released soon. Check the Parks Department website or watch our Facebook page for more information.

  • A new dock recently was installed at Flatwoods Park, a 2-acre park located off of Highway 79 in St. Paul, giving park guests access to the Cuivre River. The park opened in 2019 and features a launching area for canoes and kayaks. For more information about this new park, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

  • New, self-serve iPaddlePort watercraft stations with reservable kayaks and stand-up paddleboards will open for public use on April 1 at Broemmelsiek Park, Klondike Park and The Park at New Melle Lakes. Guests can reserve a watercrafts in advance through a link on our website; rental will be available during park hours, from 7 a.m. to 30 past sunset. The rentals come with paddles and life jackets to ensure a safe and fun time on the lake. For more information, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535

We hope you continue to enjoy and visit our parks in 2020! For more information about parks, amenities, rentals and programs, check out our website or call us at 636-949-7535. 

New Bike Repair Stations Installed

New bike repair stations are installed in St. Charles County Parks
Attention trail blazers and new riders: Free bicycle repair stands have been installed in three St. Charles County Parks! Equipped with the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, such as changing a flat tire and adjusting the brakes and derailleurs, these bike repair stands enable riders to place their bike on the hanger arms to allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The tools and air pump are securely attached to each stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Tools available at each bike stand includes: 
  • Philips and flat head screwdrivers
  • 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 mm Allen wrenches
  • Headset wrench
  • Pedal wrench
  • 8, 9, 10 and 11mm box wrenches
  • Tire levers (2)
Look for bike repair stands in these areas of our parks:With more than 55 miles of natural, paved and multi-use trails available to ride in our parks, these new stations will give bicyclists piece of mind knowing that if a quick repair is needed while riding at these popular parks, the free-standing stations are available.

To learn about our trails or to get a copy of a trail map, visit an information kiosk in the parks or go to our website at and click on the Trails page under "Activities, Amenities and Rentals."  

Park Volunteers Rise Again to New Heights

Park volunteers rise again to new heights.

Drum roll please... and congratulations to three of our stellar volunteers from The Historic Daniel Boone Home who were recognized by the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) for their achievements in front-line interpretation! Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) Colonel Barney Combs of Columbia (pictured above) received the NAI 2019 Outstanding Interpretative Volunteer Award. CIGs Colonels Robert and Shirley Pecoraro of Cottleville were selected to give a one-hour presentation on first-person interpretation, “Storytellers: Explorers of Interpretation" during the annual conference held in Denver, Colo. 

These outstanding, dedicated volunteers have more than 71 years of combined knowledge of historic interpretation. Over the past three years, they acquired five out of six NAI Awards, four regional and two national. In addition to Barney receiving this highest recognition of interpretation, Robert also received the National Outstanding Interpretive Award in 2018. All three received Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer Awards from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Region 6 and William Ray, Lead Park Interpreter, received the NAI 2018 Master/Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award.

These award-winning interpreters are extremely passionate about making sure that visitors at the Boone Home walk away with memorable and educational experiences. Barney currently serves as a social media advocate for the park's Facebook page and frequently shares Boone Family stories, photos and other information about the historic site. He portrayed Daniel Boone for the past 15 years until recently stepping down in 2018 and passing the honor to Robert who already was portraying Boone's publicist, John Filson. Now the husband wife duo of Robert and Shirley portray Daniel and Rebecca Boone during special home tours at the park. Get a sneak peek of them in action during "A Visit with Daniel and Rebecca Boone" on Jan. 25, Feb. 29, March 28 and April 18. You'll experience an inspirational walk back in time when you purchase a ticket to a guided tour and get to meet these famous Missourians. Admission to the Boone Home is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 60 and up and $5 for children ages 5–12. Active and retired military and children 4 and under are free. 

“Barney, Robert and Shirley are wonderful ambassadors for The Historic Daniel Boone Home and the Parks Department," says Ryan Graham, Director of St. Charles County Parks and Recreation. "They bring so much knowledge and passion to all they do. Their dedication to the site has left a lasting impact on thousands of visitors who have had the privilege to meet and learn from these wonderful park ambassadors.” 

For more information about volunteering or taking a tour of the Boone Home, call the park at 636-798-2005. 

New Park Guide is Your Ticket to Fun!  

The new Park Activity Guide is your ticket to fun in the parks!

Our new 2020 Winter/Spring Park Activity Guide is here! This new digital guide is your ticket to fun in St. Charles County Parks and features information about events, activities, classes and volunteer opportunities offered through April. Learn how to make maple syrup at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, experience our first-ever game night at the Heritage Museum, search for Easter eggs at the Youth Activity Park, and so much more! Be sure to share the link to the digital guide on social media with your family and friends. 

Mark your calendar! Information about our summer camps will be released in March and the next guide, which showcases park events happening this summer from May through August, will be available in April. Follow us on Facebook for more information!

To register for park programs or for more information about each event, visit Activity Registration online or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

If there is inclement weather on the day of an event, please check our Rainout Line to stay up-to-date on the status of the program. To view the Rainout Line, you can visit our website at and click on the icon on the right side of the page, or call 636-707-0011. 

More Events and Important Dates

Ongoing: Private Skateboarding, Scooter and BMX Bike Lessons

Jan. 17, 24, 31: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
Jan. 21, 28 and Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25: Disc Golf Winter Putting League 
Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 6: Missouri Film Series: Local Documentaries
Jan. 25, Feb. 29 and March 28: A Visit with Daniel and Rebecca Boone
Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 29: Ranger-Guided Bird Walks 
Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 20: Nature Journaling
Jan. 30, Feb. 20 and March 19: Different Dynamics
Feb. 1: Winter Trails Day
Feb. 2: Super Bowl Shindig
Feb. 2: Wonderous Wintering Wildlife
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
Feb. 8 and March 9: 
Moonrise at Sunset Hikes
Feb. 8 and March 14-15: Polar Backpacking Series
Feb. 8: Getting Creative with Culinary Herbs
Feb. 8: Hands-On Heritage: Maple Syrup Making
Feb. 9: The True and Incredible Story of Clara Brown
Feb. 20 and April 9: Smartphone Photography Workshop
Feb. 21, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 2: Lights and Leashes Friday Night Walks
Feb. 29 - March 1: Winter Campout
March 5, April 2, May 7: Little Explorer Nature Program
March 6, 13, 20, 27: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
March 7: Recycle to Art: Rag Rugs
March 7: Washers Tournament
March 12: Family Game Night
March 13: Search Party 2020
March 13: FrogWatch USA
March 13: Murder Mystery Dinner
March 19: Then and Now: American Indian Representation in Missouri
March 21, 28 and April 4, 11: Trail Work Days 
March 21: The Eastern Bluebird, Missouri State Bird
March 28: Eggstravaganza Hunt
April 4: Mission Stream Clean 

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