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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Sept./Oct. 2018 

The Park at New Melle Lakes opens Saturday, Sept. 29!

You're Invited to Our New Park Opening!

Another beautiful St. Charles County Park is ready to open near New Melle and the public is invited to celebrate our success by attending a special event at The Park at New Melle Lakes on Saturday, Sept. 29!

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department will officially swing open the gates of the 410-acre park, located at 400 Foristell Road, to host a fun celebration. Join us from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. to explore the park's 3.7 miles of paved trails; experience canoe and kayak demonstrations on the 26-acre lake; catch and release fishing with loaner poles and live bait; practice disc golf throwing on the "champion" premier 18-hole course; participate in a family friendly scavenger hunt activity; and enjoy refreshments, giveaways and more! One lucky park guest will take home a gift certificate for a complementary night's stay in one of our popular camping cabins!

Situated on the site of the New Melle Lakes Golf Course, this new park connects to adjacent park property located off of Highway Z, just north of Fiddlecreek Ridge Road and the Boone's Trail Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library. That section of park has a trailhead and one mile of natural-surface trails for hiking and biking. 

But we're not finished developing this park. Construction throughout the entire park property is being planned and will take place in phases over the next couple of years. Some of the new developments include a launch area for non-motorized boats on the 26-acre lake, restrooms, reservable large and small shelters, a large multi-acre Off-Leash Dog Area, a playground and renovations to the existing home on site into a rentable facility that is wheelchair accessible. 

For more information about the new park and our park celebration, call us at 636-949-7535. 
Riverside Landing is open!

Riverside Landing is Open!

Even though it just opened to the public Aug. 18, St. Charles County residents already are finding Riverside Landing in St. Charles a popular place to go! This new riverside park features a FREE boat ramp for water enthusiasts to access the Mississippi River and other "blueway" areas of the river. 

Located between Kampville Drive and Huster Road, the 8-acre park will remain open throughout the winter but is scheduled to close early next year to undergo major renovations. The new park enhancements include the installation of several small and large recreational vehicles (RV) campsites, boat slips, day-use picnic areas, a walking trail, a spacious fire pit area, and a play area for children. Restroom facilities, water and electric also will be available on site. It's anticipated that the new enhanced Riverside Landing will reopen to the public in the summer of 2019. Once the renovations are complete, this unique outdoor recreational attraction will be the perfect place to bring the family for an exciting St. Charles County adventure. 

Join us for a FREE Fall Fun Event at Broemmelsiek Park on Sept. 21!

Enjoy FREE Fall Fun Event   

We're kicking off the fall season with fall fun from 6–8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance. Join us for FREE hayrides, a concert, s'mores by the campfire, a corn maze and an educational stargazing program! Everyone is welcome to attend this special event in the park!
 
Beginning at 6 p.m., participants will kick up their heels to the harmonious sounds of The People’s band. This local group has been together for over 20 years and will be performing a variety of Bluegrass, Folk, Old Country and Western music. While the band is playing, guests can take an amazing adventure through our challenging 3-acre corn maze or enjoy a short hayride and then huddle around a glowing campfire to enjoy a yummy s’mores marshmallow treat. The fun doesn’t stop there! If the sky is clear when the sun goes down and the stars come up, we’ll continue into the night at our Astronomy Viewing Area. Join the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) to view stars and constellations at our Friday Night Public Stargazing program. 

For more information about this fall fun event, call the parks department at 636-949-7535 or check our Rainout Line at http://bit.ly/StCharlesCountyParksRainoutLine or call 636-707-0011. 

It's hayride season in St. Charles County Parks!

Reserve Hayrides in the Park 

Autumn officially begins on Sept. 22, and so does our annual hayride season at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance. From Saturday, Sept. 22 thru Sunday, Nov. 4, groups of 20 guests can reserve a tractor-pulled hay wagon for a 45-minute ride through prairies and tree-lined fields in the park. Then, for an hour after the ride, we'll supply the glowing campfire and you supply your favorite treats to roast. The cost is $125 per wagon. Advanced reservations are required by calling the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. Hayrides may be reserved for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
 
If you don’t have a group large enough to book an entire wagon, then consider joining us for our popular Hayride Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 20. During the event, participants experience a 45-minute scenic 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. Cost of the event is $10.50 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling the parks department. Choose from a 6, 6:45, or 7:30 p.m. hay wagon departure.
 
Call the parks department at 636-949-7535 for more information about hayrides and the Hayride Hoedown. 

St. Charles County Parks is scaring up fun and screems this Halloween seson!

Halloween Park Happenings

Fall is in the air and that means the eerie ghouls, spooky spirits and creepy scarecrows are going to be scaring up family-friendly fun along with a lot of screams at two of our parks this Halloween season. Join us for following SPOOKTACULAR events this year:

Spirits of the Past:

6–10:30 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 20 at The Historic Daniel Boone Home. 
Tales and stories from the 1800s are brought to life at Spirits of the Past at The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. Walk through lantern-lit paths in the historic park, listen to murder ballads in the Old Peace Chapel and, if you dare, hear the eerie Legend of Sleepy Hollow by renowned story teller Anne Williams. This spooktacular event is a great alternative to traditional Halloween celebrations and is recommended for children age 7 and older. Tickets are limited and pre-registration is suggested. Admission is $6, if pre-registered or $10 at the door. To pre-register, visit http://bit.ly/SpiritsOfThePast or call the park at 636-798-2005. 

Night of Fright Haunted House:
6–10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Youth Activity Park. 
Creepy creatures lurk around every corner at the Night of Fright Haunted House at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie. This scary place is a maze of haunted rooms filled with frightful scenes and is designed to entertain children and adults. Admission to the haunted attraction is $5. For more information, call the park at 636-561-4964.

To register or for more information about St. Charles County Parks Halloween happenings, call 636-949-7535 or visit and click on "activity registration," then search for your favorite program.    
The Parks Quest Challenge is over and the winners announced!

Parks Quest Winners Announced

The 2018 Parks Quest Challenge has ended and the winners announced! Congratulations to Ashton Mott for taking home the grand prize, his choice of a pizza party at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) for 15 or a hayride and s’mores at Broemmelsiek Park for 20. He wasn’t the only contestant to win prizes; Audrey Boscia, Ciaran Harkins, Garrett Lant, Clarissa Podaril and Rowan Ulvestad were also big winners! They each won a bag of parks gear. A special thanks to all our participants for coming out to the parks to play and discover fishing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and much more! For more information about the winners, watch the Parks Quest drawing on Facebook and stay tuned for more Parks Quest fun!

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