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

Veterans Tribute Park in Weldon Spring is opening in 2018.

New Park Name Salutes Veterans

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


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. 

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 will be an amazing community attraction with unique features. 

Plans are to open Veterans Tribute Park is 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 stccparks.org

Reserve the Klondike Park Meeting Facility in the heart of Missouri Wine County for only $400!
2018 Reservations Changes 
The 2018 fee schedule for rental of indoor and outdoor facilities has been announced an is as follows: 
  • The Klondike Meeting Facility near Augusta is $400 per day to reserve. This scenic facility that's nestled in the heart of beautiful Missouri Wine Country is perfect for smaller weddings and celebrations and accommodates 88 guests on the first floor with additional seating available upstairs. 
  • Small shelters are $60, large shelters are $120, and specialty shelters are $175.
  • The Broemmelsiek Park Visitors Center Meeting Room accommodates 50 guests and is $150 to reserve for the day.
  • The Quail Ridge Lodge accommodates 180 guests and is $1,000 to reserve on the weekend and $750 during the week.   
New this month:
  • Tent camping is $10 per site to rent at Klondike Park. Each camp site accommodates a maximum of two tents or five guests per location and features a picnic 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 for $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 this large group campsite that can accommodate up to 200 guests.
  • The Lakeside Pavilion at Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville is available to rent for the entire day and guests may now bring food and drink into the pavilion. The pavilion costs $120 to rent. 

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

High School Sports Exhibit opens April 1 at Heritage Museum.

High School Sports Exhibit to Open  

You’ll soon 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, which is scheduled to open on April 1, 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. 

Parks maintenance staff fix leak in Betty's Lake.

Working 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. Had the leak not been fixed, the 13-acre lake could have drained to dangerously low levels and put 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. Fishing is free, 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 have no more than the daily limit posted in the park in their possession.

For more information about all the ponds, lakes, streams and rivers in our regional parks system, visit sccmo.org/1720/Fishing-and-Regulations.

The Youth Activity Park has a new digital sign.

New Digital Sign at the YAP

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

But don't just drive by to see the new sign, come into the YAP and play! The facility 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 and rock wall. To utilize the skate/BMX course and rock wall, all participants must have a parent-signed waiver on file and helmets must be worn. 

For information about admission fees and park amenities, call the park at 636-561-4964. 

Park volunteers recognized.

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.

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 the 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 636-798-2005.

Take the Parks Quest Challenge for a chance to win prizes.

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 now through
Sept. 4. 

Here’s how to play:

  • Complete the Parks Quest Challenge registration form and waiver at sccmo.org/ParksQuest2018.
  • 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.

Tickets for the Daniel Boone Home Brew Fest are available now!

Tickets on Sale for Home Brew Fest!

Anyone age 21 and up is invited to join us from noon–5 p.m., Saturday, May 19, for a Home Brew Fest like no other at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance.

Back this year by popular demand, your ticket to the Brew Fest lets you try samples from local home brewers and breweries, visit with homebrew clubs, and learn from the brewers themselves how they make that mug of cold beer, ale, or cider. Food trucks will be on site and live music will play all afternoon as you enjoy the scenic historic village setting of the Boone Home.

Tickets are limited; admission is $30 in advance and $35 at the park. Designated Driver tickets are available for free at the door. Register at http://bit.ly/2HukVFD or call
636-798-2005 for more information.

Register now for your favorite summer camp in a park near you!

Summer Camp Registration is Open 

Are you looking for a unique, affordable camp for your children this summer? The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of exciting summer camps scheduled at a park near you! Whether it’s a traditional or history camp, Fish University, a day-long adventure or week-long camp for exploring nature, there is a summer program for children of all ages and interests. 

For more information and to register for summer camps, visit us online at stccparks.org and click on "Activity Registration" in the left menu. Then choose your favorite camp!

Stop by the family-friendly KIDSZONE April 6–8 at the St. Charles Home Show.

Visit us at the KIDSZONE April 6–8 

Attend the family-friendly St. Charles Home Builders Show, April 6-8, at the St. Charles Convention Center, and to stop by and see us at the KIDSZONE

We're teaming up with the Home Builders Association (HBA) to bring you this fun children's 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. Supplies for the KIDSZONE activities were donated by the St. Charles County Emergency Communications, St. Charles County Disc Golf Club, Stark Bro's, Home Depot and Dierbergs. KIDSZONE is open 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 stlhomeshow.com/StCharles/homepage.aspx.  

Celebrate the opening of the pedestrian bridges over highway 94 and 364 with a community event on April 7.

Centennial Greenway Bridges Open

Join St. Charles County, Great Rivers Greenway, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) 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 in the fun of on a one-half mile walking and bicycling parade to the middle of the scenic overlook for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Participants can meet at the 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; decorate your shoes, bicycle, wheelchair, stroller or dog leash! The walking and wheeling parade 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. Attendees can then enjoy activities until 4 p.m., including music, food for purchase, free bike tune-ups, a photo booth and the opportunity to explore the greenway.

For more information about this community event, visit GreatRiversGreenway.org.  
Join our Search Party in the park on March 17.

Let the Search Party Begin!

Search for leprechauns, Sasquatch, and the Loch Ness Monster at our "Search Party 2018" from 1–3 p.m., Saturday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, 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, and the other 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 visiting us online at http://bit.ly/2C2QCqI. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for some egg hunt fun at the Youth Activity Park on March 24!

 EGGciting Hunts at the YAP

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie, Saturday, March 24! To celebrate his arrival, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several age-specific egg hunts and activities for children of all abilities. This fun-filled program is free, but space is limited and registration required.   
 
Bring your basket and join us from 11 a.m.–noon for the YAP Annual Egg Hunt and from 1–2:30 p.m. for the third annual EGGstravaganza for children with disABILITIES, co-hosted by the Parks Department and the St. Charles County Police Department. In the morning, children ages 3 and under will hunt at 11 a.m., ages 4–6 at 11:30 a.m., and ages 7–12 at noon. Then in the afternoon, children 12 and under with sensory disabilities hunt at 1 p.m., children 12 and under with mobility disabilities at 1:30 p.m., children 12 and under with visual disabilities at 2 p.m., and children 13 and older with disabilities at 2:30 p.m. 

Rain or shine, more than 8,000 candy and toy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the park’s 25-acre facility. Each age group is in the hunt for a golden egg, and the lucky discoverer receives the grand prize. Photos with the Easter Bunny, egg-themed games and a special appearance by the Chick-Fil-A Cow will round out the activity schedule.  Families are encouraged to bring their camera to capture these special moments.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, each child takes home a prize basket donated by Hayleigh’s Helping Hands and a Chick-Fil-A guest card. Batteries Plus Bulbs supplied the batteries for the beeping eggs, Kohl’s 4 Kids and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are giving away bike helmets, Bahama Buck’s is providing free treat vouchers for children, and members of the St. Charles County Ambulance District and Cornerstone Methodist Church in O’Fallon are assisting with the hunts.
 
Don’t miss out on this exciting community event! Registration is limited to 100 children per hunt. Participants are encouraged to register by March 17 by calling the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or online at stccparks.org.

Join us for a Family Hike and Campfire on March 24!

Usher in Spring with Family Time

Celebrate the arrival of spring with St. Charles County Parks’ first ever Family Hike and Campfire from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance. Springtime is the perfect season to explore the park, listen for sounds of animals in the woods and discover native flora along the way. This is a free event, but registration is required.

Get your family together and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Meet at Shelter #7 in the park. We’ll take a short evening hike, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, learn a few campfire tunes and tell a funny story or two.

Registration is required by calling the parks department at 636-949-7535 or signing up online at http://bit.ly/2oldWa6

Join us for our Hippy Hoppy Toad Day event at Quail Ridge Park on April 5.

It's a TOADally Awesome Event!

Hop on out to Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville from
5:30–7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, for Hippy Hoppy Toad Day! Hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and the St. Charles City-County Library, this FREE, unique celebration of frogs promises to be a TOADally awesome time.

Children and their families will enjoy meeting Peggy Archer, local author of “A Hippy-Hoppy Toad,” a story inspired by her adventures with tiny frogs while hiking through Quail Ridge Park. Participants will take a guided storybook walk around the lake with library staff and volunteers reading the featured book. They’ll learn about and get to see live frogs, make crafts, and hear from Missouri Naturalists Ann Earley and Bob Siemer, who will present a short slideshow about the hoppy amphibians. Light refreshments will be provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

Registration is requested. For more information about the Hippy Hoppy Toad Day or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2Fg8uAK or call the parks department at 636-949-7535. 

Get a taste of history at The Historic Daniel Boone Home on April 7.

Get a Taste of History on April 7

Learn how to cook the old-fashioned way with talented interpreters at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance! Join Terry and Nancy Sorchy with The Ox Bow Tavern Living History Group from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, April 7, at our Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking program. You’ll blend fresh ingredients with traditional hearth cooking techniques to prepare your own 19th century-inspired meal.

Hearth cooking style of food preparation is different than modern open fire cooking, and is performed by using 1800s cooking utensils and equipment such as a tin kitchen and baking kettle. Each participant enrolled in the program will get a unique, hands-on cooking experience using the hearths in our historic Engeldew House on site. After the food is prepped and your meal has finished cooking in the hearth, you’ll sit down to savor the historic dish you prepared.
  
This cooking program is intended for ages 10 and up and is $20 per person. Limited spots are available! To make a reservation for Hands-On Heritage: Hearth Cooking, call the parks department at 636-949-7535. 

Explore Farming Ways of the Frontier at The Historic Daniel Boone Home on April 21.

Explore Farming Ways of the 1800s

The frontier comes to life again this spring during our Farming Ways of the Frontier event. Join us from
10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. Bring the family out for this engaging and educational event in the park. 

Browse through produce, plants, and crafts from local farmers and artisans who rely on many of the same methods the pioneers once did. Visit with our living history interpreters in the various historic buildings, and try your hand at various heritage activities such as candle dipping, butter making, or paper marbling. The IL-MO Tractor and Engine Club is on site to showcase various machines. 

Admission is $5 per person; children 4 and under are free. For more information, call the park at 636-798-2005.  

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