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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - July/August 2018 

Three new parks are opening!

Watch Us Grow!

This is an exciting time for the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department – starting in August we're opening three new parks near St. Charles, New Melle, and Weldon Spring. This increases the total number of County parks open to the public from 12 to 15.

Here are the details:
  • On Saturday, Aug. 18, the FREE public boat ramp opens at Riverside Landing. The ramp at the 7.73-acre park, located along the Mississippi River near Portage des Sioux between Kampville Drive and Huster Road will be available just in time for the weekend's Blessing of the Fleet festivities. The property will close again this winter to undergo major renovations that include adding a pavilion, camping facilities, playground, new boat ramp and docks, kayak launch area and public restrooms. Following construction, Riverside Landing is anticipated to reopen to the public in 2019.

  • We're kicking off the soft opening of The Park at New Melle Lakes, a 410-acre park located on Foristell Road near Highway Z, with an inaugural disc golf tournament at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23. Disc golf enthusiasts can be among the first to play on the "champion" 18-hole premiere course! There are only 72 spots available and pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 19. Cost is $15 per round and includes one commemorative disc for each round, lunch, and closest to the pin (CTP) prizes. To register for the tournament, call the parks department at 636-949-7535 or visit us online. On Saturday, Sept. 29, guests are invited back to continue the soft opening celebration. Activities include fishing on the park's 26-acre lake, hiking and biking along 4 miles of paved trails, and more opportunites to play disc golf.

  •  Veterans Tribute Park, located off Highway 94 between Pitman Hill and Kisker roads is expected to open later this fall. The 120-acre park includes a veterans memorial, destination playground for children of all abilities, interactive water feature, raised boardwalk, 3-acre off-leash dog park, paved walking trails, two multi-acre fully-stocked lakes, three open-play fields, and three shelters. More information about the opening date and festivies will be released soon.
In addition to the park openings, the department will begin construction later this year on a new pump track at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie. This extreme off-road bike course is a looping trail system that consists of a circuit of banked turns, dirt rollers and jumps.

Follow St. Charles County Parks on Facebook for news and updates. For more information about all our parks visit us online.
Learn about park events, programs, classes and activities in the new guide.

New Activity Guide Available Online

The September-December 2018 Park Activity Guide is YOUR guide to fall and winter fun! The new digital guide features information about upcoming programs, lessons, special events and hands-on activities planned in our parks through the end of the year.

Whether it’s a free hiking event, an old-fashioned hayride, an extreme sports class, a spooky haunted house or a family-friendly fall festival, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department has something for citizens of all ages and interests.  

Download the guide online! You can also view the guide and register for your favorite events on our website.

Fields at Broemmelsiek Park are converted into Pollinator Prairies.

Pollinator Prairies Planted    

Everything’s coming up wildflowers at Broemmelsiek Park, thanks to the assistance of the Missouri Master Naturalists, Confluence Chapter. As part of a Community Conservation Grant, the Master Naturalists acquired $10,000 in funding to convert three large fields into pollinator prairies in the park. 

Broemmelsiek Park is located at 1795 Highway DD near Defiance.The park's beautiful prairies total 10 acres and are sowed with native wildflower and grass species that are beneficial to butterflies, bees and other wildlife in the park. The new pollinator-friendly sites provide the declining bee and butterfly population the plants they need to survive.  

Prairies at the park include the 5-acre site south of Shelter #7, the 2.5-acre site near the parking lot of Hilltop Pavilion and a 2.5-acre prairie near the dog park. Other prairies are in progress at Quail Ridge Park near Wentzville, Indian Camp Creek Park near Wentzville, Klondike near Augusta, and Towne Park near Wentzville.  

For more information about the pollinator prairies, visit the Missouri Master Naturalists website or contact Alberta McGilligan, Confluence Chapter President, by email.

Prepare to get lost in the corn maze at Broemmelsiek Park!

An A-MAZE-ING Adventure!

Packed with twists, turns and dead ends, this year's corn maze at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance is more challenging than ever!

Make plans to visit this fun, FREE attraction located next to the Educational Agriculture Area in the park. This 2-acre maze is open every day during regular park hours, 7 a.m. to 30 minutes past dusk, now through Nov. 4. The entrance to the corn maze is marked with a wooden sign. 

For more information about the corn maze, call the parks department at 636-949-7535. 

Our 2018 Concerts in the Park series is bigger and better this year!

Get Your Groove On!

The Concerts in the Park series is bigger and better than ever! Bring the family, blankets and lawn chairs, then sit back and relax to the tunes of talented local musicians.

The entertainment schedule includes:

  • Johnny Henry Trio, 6–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, Youth Activity Park, 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie

  • Encore Trio, 6–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, Youth Activity Park

  • Lenny Frisch Duo, 6–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing near St. Charles

  • Zydeco Crawdaddys, 6–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, Youth Activity Park

  • 4th Street Band, 12–3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 Highway DD near Defiance

  • The People’s Band, 6–8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, Broemmelsiek Park

  • Arvell and Company, 6–8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3, Quail Ridge Park, 560 Interstate Drive near Wentzville

No glass containers or bottles are allowed in the parks and no alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Youth Activity Park. The YAP Café concession stand features tasty treats for purchase at the Youth Activity Park; food trucks will be at the other parks. Picnic baskets also are welcome. Anyone wishing to use the skate park at the Youth Activity Park must have a season pass or pay the daily entry fee. Helmets are required and a waiver must be completed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call the parks department at 636-949-7535 or visit

More Events and Important Dates

July 20: Friday Night Public Stargazing
July 20: Late Skate and Ride 
July 23–27: Camp YAP
July 23–27: Daniel Boone Home Day Camp 
July 25: Concerts in the Park
July 27: Friday Night Public Stargazing
July 28–Aug. 13: Opposition of Mars at Broemmelsiek Park
Aug. 3: Canoe 101 and Beyond
Aug.3: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Aug. 3: Mountain Bike Night Ride
Aug. 4: Youth Lock-In
Aug. 8: Concerts in the Park 
Aug. 10: Movie in the Park
Aug. 10: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
Aug. 12–13: Perseid Meteor Showers
Aug. 17: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
Aug. 17: Late Skate and Ride
Aug. 17: Friday Night Public Stargazing 
Aug. 18: Traditional Music Day
Aug. 19: Dances with Single Track Mountain Bike Race 
Aug. 22: Concerts in the Park 
Aug. 24: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Aug. 29: Homeschool Day 
Aug. 31: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
Aug. 31: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Sept. 1-2: Labor Day on the Frontier
Sept. 5: Concerts in the Park
Sept. 4-18: Scooter Lessons
Sept. 5-19: Skateboarding Lessons
Sept. 6-20: BMX Lessons
Sept. 6: Little Explorer Nature Program
Sept. 7: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Sept. 8: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Sept. 8: Disc Golf Glow Tournament
Sept. 8: Boone Home Trivia Night
Sept. 8: Concerts in the Park 
Sept. 14: Mountain Bike Night Ride
Sept. 14: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Sept. 15: Paws in the Park
Sept. 15: Hands-On Heritage: Paper Marbling
Sept. 21: Concerts in the Park 
Sept. 21: Late Skate and Ride
Sept. 21: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Sept. 22-Nov. 4: Hayrides
Sept. 23: New Melle Lakes Inaugural Disc Golf Tournament
Sept. 28: Mountain Bike Night Ride 
Sept. 28: Friday Night Public Stargazing
Sept. 29: Flint Ridge Trail Run
Sept. 29-30: Boone Heritage Days

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