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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - March/April 2018 

Get a birds eye view of Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring.

New Park Name Salutes Veterans

Our newest 120-acre park development in Weldon Spring has a new patriotic name. Veterans Tribute Park was named in honor of all service men and women in St. Charles County. An appointed committee recommended the name of the new park, situated between Pitman Hill and Kisker roads, and the St. Charles County Council unanimously approved it. 

Plans for a Memorial Garden with a plaza, monument, and flags to honor all five branches of the armed forces are being finalized at the site. Veterans Tribute Park does not only pay tribute to all members of the military, but it's described as being an amazing community attraction with unique features. 

Park highlights include:

  • A paved walking and biking trail system that wraps around the perimeter of the park and throughout the park property. 
  • A destination playground for children of all abilities that encompasses skills development in children. The playground is divided into zones: interactive water play featuring play initiative by motion; music play; adventure play with climbing features; inclusive swings and a hillside slide that overlooks the park. 
  • A raised boardwalk connecting the playground to the existing silo in the park boasts scenic views from the top of the hill to the playground below.
  • A 3-acre off-leash dog park divided into small and large dog areas. 
  • Two multi-acre lakes stocked with fish.
  • Three open-play fields encompassing 6 acres.
  • A 100-person signature picnic shelter overlooking one of the lakes and surrounded by a garden and another 50-person picnic shelter.   

Veterans Tribute Park is still on track to open this year. Stay tuned! When construction is complete, the community will be invited to attend a grand opening celebration with ribbon cutting ceremony. 

For more information about Veterans Tribute Park or to see the conceptual drawings of the park, visit www.stccparks.org

Reserve the Klondike Park Meeting Facility in the heart of Missouri Wine County for only $400!
Reservation Fees Change
The parks department adopted a new fee schedule that effects rental pricing for indoor and outdoor park facilities. While some fees increased, others decreased. 

Beginning March 1, the fee to reserve our Klondike Meeting Facility near Augusta dropped in price. It's now only $400 per day to reserve this scenic facility that's nestled in the heart of beautiful Missouri Wine Country. The facility is perfect for smaller weddings and celebrations and accommodates 88 guests on the first floor with additional seating available upstairs.  

Rental fees for large,
small an specialty shelters; the Broemmelsiek Park Visitors Center Meeting Room; and Quail Ridge Lodge slightly increased. Small shelters are $60, large $120, and specialty shelters are $175; the meeting room at the day-use visitors center accommodates 50 guests and is $150 to reserve for the day; and the Quail Ridge Lodge accommodates 180 guests and is $1,000 to reserve on the weekend and $750 during the week.   

New this month:
  • There are only Basic Camp Sites to reserve at Klondike Park. These tent camping sites hold a maximum of two tents or five guests per location and feature a table and fire ring.  
  • You can now reserve the Youth Activity Park Meeting Room for your next group meeting. The facility is available day and evening hours and is $30 per hour.
  • There is a two-night minimum to rent the Group Camping Area, but you no longer have to be affiliated with a youth group to use the large group campsite that can accommodate up to 200 guests.
  • The Lakeside Pavilion at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville can be rented for the entire day and guests may bring food and drink into the pavilion. 

For more information about these facilities or to find out if a reservation date is available, call the parks department at 636-949-7535.  .  

Make plans to visit St. Charles County Parks this winter and walk, hike, or ride the trails.

High School Sports Exhibit Opens  

You’ll be able to reminisce about your high school years when you visit the High School Athletics exhibit at the Heritage Museum near St. Charles. Located on the second floor of the museum, the new display features an assortment of local high school sports team memorabilia, photos, trophies, and uniforms collected over the past 100 years.

Be sure to take a close look at all the photos—you might just see a familiar face or two! This new exhibit is part of "Our Sporting Heritage," a hunting and sporting exhibit currently on display at the museum and is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday - Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays.

For more information about the exhibit, call the museum at 626-255-6000. 

Recycle your natural Christmas tree at Quail Ridge Park through Jan. 15.

Nice Work Behind the Scenes

Kudos to our maintenance staff for repairing a serious leak in one of our most popular park lakes. Staff at Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance had to make an emergency repair to the overflow structure at Betty's Lake. If the leak was not fixed, the 13-acre lake could have drained to dangerously low levels putting the marine life in jeopardy.

Betty's Lake is open to anglers and non-motorized boats. The lake is stocked with bluegill, bass, and catfish. There is no charge to fish, but permits are required for all persons aged 16–64. Visitors must comply with the rules and regulations of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and anglers may possess no more than the daily limit posted in the park.

For more information about all the waterways in our regional parks system, visit http://sccmo.org/1720/Fishing-and-Regulations.

Experience Christmas Candlelight Walks in the Park.

New Digital Sign at the YAP

The Youth Activity Park (YAP) has a new digital sign. The sign was installed in front of the park, located off Highway N in Dardenne Prairie. It stands 12-feet tall, has lights, and serves as a landmark to the park entrance. Be sure and check it out! Information about park hours, programs, the Rainout Line, and more is being displayed on the new sign.

Don't just drive by to see the new sign, come into the YAP and play! The YAP is open from noon-8 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday. The YAP has the largest outdoor skate park in Missouri and an indoor complex with gaming area.  

For information about admission fees and park amenties, call the park at 636-561-4964. To access skate course and rock wall, all participants must have a parent signed waiver on file and helmets must be worn.

Check out the 2018 program schedule on our website at www.stccparks.org

Park Volunteers Recognized 

The stellar duo of Colonel Barney Combs, CIG, of Arnold, and Colonel Robert Pecoraro, CIG, of Cottleville, have been volunteering as reenactors for the past 30 years at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. Both received the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Region 6 2017 Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer Award  which recognizes the top interpretive volunteers from Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The men also were honored recently by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens with a special proclamation celebrating their years of volunteering at the site.

For the past three decades, these Certified Interpretive Guides have been engaging audiences by bringing history to life at the home. Combs portrays Daniel Boone, famous Missourian and frontiersman, and Pecoraro represents John Filson, Boone’s popular publicist who made him famous. At each performance, these enthusiastic volunteers are known for bridging the past to the future through first-person interpretation.

You can get a sneak peak of Combs and Pecoraro talking about volunteering at the 1800s home in our Active by Nature Show that was recently released. Watch the show online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STt3dlKe5Ug.

Or, meet Daniel Boone and John Filson in person on April 21, May 12 and June 23 at the Historian in Residence Program at the Boone Home. The men will be visiting with guests and discussing their collection of original antiques from the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War.

Admission to the Boone Home is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 60 and up, $5 for children ages 5–12, and active/retired military and kids 4 and under are free. There is no admission fee to enter the park grounds or the village grounds.

For more information about The Historic Daniel Boone Home, call the park at 978-2003.

Holiday Toy Train Display opens Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Heritage Museum.

Take the Parks Quest Challenge  

Are you ready for an adventure this year? The 2018 Parks Quest Challenge is YOUR passport to exploring everything St. Charles County Parks! Kids and teens ages 6–18 are invited to play for the chance to win awesome prizes. Discover activities on your own, like picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding, or participate in fun programs from March 1 through Sept. 4. 

Here’s how to play:

  • Complete the Parks Quest Challenge registration form and waiver at sccmo.org/ParksQuest2018.
  • Beginning March 1, pick up a Parks Quest Challenge Master Tracker at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Highway F in Defiance; Youth Activity Park, 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie; or Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing near St. Charles; and participate in your first activity.  
  • Complete the activities listed in the Master Tracker to earn stickers or codes.
  • Complete four activities to be entered into a drawing for a Parks “swag” bag.
  • Complete seven activities to be entered to win a “swag” bag and the Grand Prize.
  • Complete 12 activities to be entered to win a “swag” bag and receive two Grand Prize entries.

Five lucky winners will receive a “swag” bag with Parks goodies and more. The Grand Prize is a choice of a pizza party at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) for 15 or a hayride and s’mores at Broemmelsiek Park for 20. The prize winners will be notified by Sept. 21. All participants who register for the challenge receive a YAP Extreme One-Day Pass.

For more information and rules about the Parks Quest Challenge, visit sccmo.org/ParksQuest2018, or contact Molly Dempsey at 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, or mtdempsey@sccmo.org.

Visit the KIDSZONE  

When you attend the family-friendly St. Charles Home Builders Show, April 6-8, at the St. Charles Convention Center, don't forget to stop by the KIDSZONE, presented by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department.   

We're teaming up with the Home Builders Association (HBA) to bring you this fun kids area that features a variety of activities, including cedar “tree-cookie" necklace making, vegetable seed planting, bird feeder making, coloring and disc golf putting and driving.  

A special thanks to our generous KIDSZONE donation sponsors: The St. Charles County Ambulance District, St. Charles County Disc Golf Club, Stark Bro's and Walmart.

Join us in the KIDSZONE from 3 – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 6; noon- 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and noon – 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.

For more information about the St. Charles Home Builders Show, visit https://www.stlhomeshow.com/StCharles/homepage.aspx.  

Centennial Greenway Bridges Open

Join St. Charles County, Great Rivers Greenway, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the City of St. Charles to celebrate the opening of two new pedestrian bridges over highways 364 and 94 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and community event from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 7. The bridges are part of a recent expansion of the Centennial Greenway, which provides a new connection to parks, schools, businesses and neighborhoods for thousands of residents on both sides of these busy highways.

The community is invited to celebrate this new connection by joining a one-half mile walking and bicycling parade. Participants can choose to join the parade from the St. Charles County Heritage Museum, located at 1630 Heritage Landing near St. Charles or the MoDOT Commuter Lot near Highway 94 at Muegge Road in St. Charles. Parade decorating will begin at 2 p.m. at both locations. The walking and wheeling parades will leave from their respective starting points at 2:15 p.m. and meet in the middle of the expanded greenway for remarks and a ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy activities until 4 p.m., including music, food for purchase, free bike tune-ups, a photo selfie booth and he opportunity to explore the greenway.

For more information about this community event, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.  

St. Patrick's Day Search in the Park

Search for leprechauns, Sasquatch, and the Loch Ness Monster at our "Search Party 2018" from 1–3 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at Indian Camp Creek Park in Wentzville. Participants of all ages search for life-sized characters hidden throughout 50 acres of the park. The first 50 players to complete the search win prizes!

The object of the game is to find the Chick-Fil-A Cow, Yeti Gaming Yeti, Ranger Rick, Leprechauns, Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster characters that are hidden along trails in the park. We’ll provide a park map with clues, but you’ll need your cell phone or a digital camera to take a picture of each character when found. The first 50 players to complete the game and return to shelter #3 win prizes! The winners receive a Chick-Fil-A guest card for a free breakfast entrée, Yeti Gaming cards and a magazine from the National Wildlife Federation.

All are welcome to play; cost is $1 per player. Pre-registration is required by calling 636-949-7535 or online at http://bit.ly/2C2QCqI. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Egg Hunt Fun!

in addition to featuring highlights about the programs, I’d like to showcase all the great partners who are helping us with the event.
 

Family Hike and Campfire 

Join us for a free family outing! We’ll take a short hike, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, learn a few campfire tunes and tell a funny story or two. This is free family fun, but registration is requested. Dress for the weather. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Hippy Hoppy Toad Day

A partnership between the St. Charles City-County Library District and the Parks Department. Come celebrate the book “A Hippy-Hoppy Toad” and meet the local author, Peggy Archer! “A Hippy-Hoppy Toad,” a story inspired by the author’s experience walking in Quail Ridge Park, will be the featured book at the Storybook Walk at Quail Ridge Park this spring. Guided storybook walks, crafts, and other toady fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. Then meet author Peggy Archer at 6:30 p.m. in the Lodge as she tells about her new book. Learn about toads, get some exercise, and have lots of fun at this event for preschoolers and their families! Light refreshments will be served. Please register on the St. Charles City County Library calendar at http://bit.ly/2CKooRJ.

Hearth Cooking? Do What?

This is done by the Sorchy’s from Minnesota/Wisconsin who come down and volunteer with us. 
 

Farming Ways on the Frontier 

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Home Brew Fest is Back!

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More Events and Important Dates


March 16: Public Stargazing 
March 19: Broemmelsiek Challenge Mountain Bike Race 
March 23: Public Stargazing 
March 30: Public Stargazing 
April 5: Little Explorer Nature Program 
April 6: Public Stargazing 
April 20: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
April 21: Trail Work Day 
April 27: Public Stargazing 
May 3: Little Explorer Nature Program  
May 4: Public Stargazing 
May 4: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
May 5: First Responders Roundup 
May 11: Friday Night Stargazing
May 12: Mother's Day Tea 
May 18: Public Stargazing  
May 25: Public Stargazing  
May 31: Home School Day 

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