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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department – Sept/Oct 2016 

St. Charles County Park in development in the Weldon Spring area.

Park Construction News

     A new, 120-acre park development in the Weldon Spring area and major enhancements of Matson Hill Park, Towne Park, and the Heritage Museum are keeping the St. Charles County Parks Department busy these days!
      Staff members and a consulting firm are completing the design phase of the new park, which will be located at Pitman Hill and Kisker roads on the property that was the Sammelmann Farm and Homestead. Plans are for the park to be open to the public by the end of 2017.
      At Matson Hill Park in Defiance, plans call for the restoration of the interior of the historic Daniel Boone Hays Home, as well as the addition of an interpretive kiosk, parking lot, new entrance off of Duke Road and bathroom facilities. Currently in the Phase II design and development stage, construction is expected to begin late this year with completion by the end of 2017.
     Construction of a summer kitchen and rehab on a donated log cabin are near completion at Towne Park in Forestell. These buildings, located behind the reconstructed homestead which was known as “Pink Plantation,” will be open year-round for programs and special events. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
      Crews are preparing the Heritage Museum in St. Peters to make way for the new “Our Sporting Heritage” display anticipated to open later this year. The exhibit will showcase the history of hunting and fishing in St. Charles County and Missouri from the prehistoric era to today. The main feature is a Marksman Hunting Simulator that was donated to the Parks Department by August Busch III. This high-tech, realistic hunting experience allows players to participate in a virtual duck hunt. Another featured highlight of the exhibit is the St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. Additional displays focus on amateur sports in the county, including baseball, softball, bowling, horseshoes, dartball, and high school athletics.  

Register now for scooter, skate, and bike classes at the YAP!

Extreme Sports Enthusiasts Wanted

     Registration for end-of-summer scooter, skateboard, and BMX skills clinics is going on now at the Youth Activity ParkSessions take place Sept. 6 - 22. Sign-up for an introduction session to learn basic skills or a clinic to learn intermediate to advanced-level tricks in the park. The registration fee is $35 and includes three, 45-minute training sessions and park admission for the day. Interested participants can register online at www.stccparks.org or call the park at 636-561-4964.

Registration coming soon for this once-in-a-lifetime event in the park!

Mark 8/21/17 on Your Calendar 

    In addition to our weekly Friday Night Stargazing programs at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance, the Parks Department and the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) continue to plan three Total Eclipse in the Park events at Klondike Park in Augusta, Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance and Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville, on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017! This once-in-a-lifetime, solar eclipse event, occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, creating total darkness! Join our efforts and be part of the most memorable event of 2017. A limited number of reservations will be available to each park event - stay tuned for more information. Additionally, the Parks Department is looking for volunteers, food and drink vendors, and sponsors for this spectacular event! For more information, contact Parks Marketing Coordinator Nancy Lee Gomer at 636-949-7535.

Compete for cash and prizes in the Quail Ridge Park Night Glow Tournament on Sept. 10.

Attention Disc Golf Competitors 

     Compete for cash and prizes at the annual Quail Ridge Park Night Glow Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10. Sponsored by the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club, this fun disc-tossing competition offers a mix of short and long holes that wind in and out of the woods. Baskets lined with glow sticks will mark the course. Day-of registration is from 6 -6:45 p.m. The tournament starts at 7 p.m. and is limited to 72 players. For more information, call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is a fun free family program.

Take A Kid Mountain Biking  

     Help the Parks Department pass on a passion for pedaling to children across the region by celebrating Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance. Children of all ages are encouraged to get outside and participate! Sponsored by Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, Maplewood Bicycle, Alpine Shop, Bike Stop Café and Outpost, Big Shark Bicycle Company, Qikcover, REI, Mountain Bike Camps and Granada Cyclery, this event is free and offers skills clinics, guided trail rides, safety inspections, and demo bike use. Register early! The program is limited to 250 children and the first 50 receive a gift bag. For more information, call 636-949-7535. 

Paws in the Park contests begin at 10:30 a.m.

Lots of Paws in the Park = Lots of Fun! 

     Support local animal shelters by participating in the County's largest off-leash dog festival! The Parks Department is celebrating our annual Paws in the Park program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance. Bring your “best friend” to this fun, free dog event that's packed with contests, prizes, sponsor giveaways, and K-9 and obedience skills demonstrations. Admission is free with a pet supply or monetary donation. Donations benefit the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center and Five Acres Animal Shelter. 
     The program kicks off with an agility course demonstration from Infinite Pawsibilities Trainer Lynsey Fuegner at 10 a.m., followed by St. Charles County Police K-9s at 11 a.m., Canine Search and Rescue Association at noon, and Gateway DockDogs at 1 p.m. Demonstrators will be available to answer questions and talk to guests, after each performance. Gateway DockDogs also will assist with dock diving instruction and trainers will be on hand to help pets maneuver through a set of jumps, tunnels and other obstacles in the agility course. The dog contests begin at 10:30 a.m., under the pavilion in the park’s Off-Leash Dog Area. On the day of the event, owners can register their dogs in the “Best Costume,” “Best Trick,” “Fastest Ball Retrieval from Pond,” “Best Dog/Owner Look-Alike” and “Best Kisser” contests. The winners of each contest will be awarded a commemorative medal. Additionally, food will be available for purchase from concessions and participating businesses will offer product samples and more at their vendor tables.
     Royal Canin, Sebastien’s Pet Salon, and Pets & Company are the corporate sponsors of this year’s event and will provide judges for the dog contests. Baue Pet Services and Sorenson Kennels are event sponsors. For information about the event, including volunteer and vendor opportunities, please call 636-949-7535. 

Hitch up for Hayrides at Broemmelsiek Park!

Hayrides and Hoedowns

     Hitch up for evening hayrides from Sept. 16 through Nov. 13 at Broemmelsiek Park! Enjoy the fun of an old-fashioned hayride without traveling miles from home. A tractor-pulled wagon takes guests on a 45-minute ride through the tree-lined fields of the park. Afterward, participants can enjoy gathering around a glowing campfire to roast their own treats. A wagon accommodates 20 guests and costs $125. Individual families and small groups can join in the fun of an evening Hayride Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Broemmelsiek Park! For $10.50 per person, guests experience a 45-minute wagon ride through the park, along with a light dinner, s’mores, and the foot-stomping, knee-slapping performance of Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act suitable for all ages. Pre-registration required for hayrides and the Hayride Hoedown. To book a wagon, call 636-949-7535. 
Enjoy a Friday Night Mountain Bike Ride through the Park!

Ride Park Trails After Hours

     Grab your bike, a light and hit the trails on a Friday night! Join us for a mountain bike ride through a different County Park each month. The next ride is from 8 - 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance. These challenging rides are open to experienced cyclists. Riders must wear a helmet and have a 200 lumen light to experience park trails after hours. Additional rides are scheduled at a different park on Sept. 16 and 30, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11, and Dec. 2, 16, and 30. Register online at www.stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535 for more info, event time, and park location.

Movies in the Park are Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

Popular Flicks Coming to the Museum  

     Family-friendly movies are coming to the Heritage Museum this fall. Movies at the Museum will feature favorite flicks on a giant outdoor inflatable screen. On Saturday, Sept. 17, enjoy "Ant Man" and on Saturday, Oct. 15, a double-feature showing of "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein. The movies begin at dusk both evenings. Popcorn is free; soda and candy are available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own coolers and snacks, but glass bottles are not permitted. For more information about the free Movie at the Museum, visit www.stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

Flint Ridge Trail Run is back!

Flint Ridge Trail Run is Back!

      Presented by Big River Running Company and St. Charles County Parks, the exciting Flint Ridge Trail Run is back for a second year at beautiful Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville. The race begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, and offers two distances; a four-mile or 10-mile race for competitors of all ages to compete. The 10-mile race kicks off the second edition of the Big River Trail Series. A registration fee includes on-course hydration, Flint Ridge short sleeve tech shirt, rockin’ Big River post-race music, barbecue, and beer, finisher photos and video, live runner tracking via mobile, Facebook, Twitter, and, live onsite results. For more information about the race, including fees, or to register, visit flintridge10.com.
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Pioneer Days are scheduled Sept. 17 & 18 at the Historic Daniel Boon Home at Lindenwood Park.

Experience Pioneer Days 

     The Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park in Defiance comes to life from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept.18, during Pioneer Days! Step back in time and learn about the Missouri frontier at this two-day family event. Play pioneer games, listen to old-time music, join in the fun of period dance, throw an atlatl (spear), and experience what life was like in a frontier village. Guests are invited to tour the Daniel Boone Home and meet Daniel Boone himself, along with biographer, John Filson. Then take a stroll through the authentic General Store and watch exciting cannon demonstrations performed by the Militia de San Carlos. Other demonstrations include, blacksmithing, historic surveying, Dutch oven cooking, pottery, carpentry, town ball, and crafts. Be sure to stop by the Children’s Village for tomahawk throwing, hay mazes, candle dipping, pie-eating contests, tug-of-war tournaments, sack races and other period games! Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and older), $6 for children (ages 5-12). Children 4 and under and military are free. For more information about Pioneer Days, call the park at 636-798-2005.

Enjoy good food, entertainment and community fun at the Music and Food Truck Nights at Heritage Museum.

Music and Food Truck Nights Wrap Up  

     Mark your calendar. This year's final Music and Food Truck Night at the Museum is from 5 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum at Heritage Park in St. Peters. Admission is free. Bring the family out to the museum for good food, live entertainment, and community fun. Food truck vendors begin selling their tasty fare at 5 p.m., and live music begins at 5:30 p.m. The festivities end at 8 p.m. Sarah's Cake Shop, Doughboys Wood Fired Pizza, Angie Burger, and StlouisianaQ will serve up their best while the band entertains. For more information about food vendors and entertainment for the evening, call 636-949-7535.                                                                                                

Fall Harvest Festival is Oct. 8 at Broemmelsiek Park.

Enjoy Fall Harvest Festival

     Entertainment and outdoor festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Broemmelsiek Park for our Fall Harvest Festival. Admission is free. Listen to live music, learn how to make a batch of good old fashioned apple butter or cider, explore a variety of crafts, see historical demonstrations, and purchase pumpkins and other goods from participating vendors. A scenic hayride through the park is available for a nominal feeFood and drink is also available for purchase. Call 636-949-7535 for more info. 

Learn about the Spirits of the Past at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park.

Explore Spirits of the Past

     This Halloween season, experience Spirits of the Past as you walk through lantern-lit paths from 6 - 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park. Enjoy hot apple cider as you listen to tales and stories from the 1800s brought to life, and learn why townspeople were so superstitious and cautious, especially at night! Listen to murder ballads in the Old Peace Chapel, the eerie Legend of Sleepy Hollow by renowned story teller, Anne Williams, and if you dare, visit Ms. Hattie, the conjure woman from New Orleans. This family-friendly event is a great alternative to traditional Halloween celebrations and is recommended for children 7-years of age and older. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Due to the limited amount of tickets available, advance registration is recommended. For more information, call the park at 636-798-2005. 

Cook up some outdoor fun in the park!

Cook Up Outdoor Fun 

     We'll be cook'n up some tasty food in the park and you won't want to miss the fun! Join us from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance for our Cooking Up Outdoor Fun program! Children ages 6-12 will learn how to build an outdoor fire, make and eat a few yummy treats, and take a short hike in the park to discover a few of nature's wild edibles that animals of the forest, and even humans can eat! For more information or to register, call 636-949-7535 or visit www.stccparks.org.  

Fall Orienteering Meet is Sunday, Oct. 23 at Broemmelsiek Park.

Orienteering Event Tests Skills

     Get out and experience our Fall Orienteering Meet on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Broemmelsiek Park. Participants of all ages use a map and compass to find hidden control markers as they navigate through the park, making route decisions based on the adventure they want to experience. There will be courses set up for new orienteerers, children, and seasoned competitors. All participants get a short "how to" before the event starts. Maps will be provided and compasses available for use during the program. For more information or to register for the program, call 636-949-7535 or visit www.stccparks.org

Night of Fright Haunted House is open Oct. 28 and 29 at the Youth Activity Park.

YAP Haunted House is Back!

     Creepy creatures lurk around every corner at this year’s Night of Fright Haunted House at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie! Nestled inside the recreation facility is a scary place that takes guests through a maze of haunted rooms filled with frightful scenes. Open from dusk to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, this house of horror is designed to entertain children and adults. Admission is $5. For an additional $3 fee, guests can use the state-of-the-art outdoor skate park. For more information, call the Youth Activity Park at 636-561-4964. 

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