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A Publication of the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department - Nov./Dec. 2019

Honoring Veterans Nov. 11 at Veterans Tribute Park  

A Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Tribute Park on Nov. 11 is open to the public.

Please join the Parks Department to honor and recognize those who have served our country at a special Veterans Day Ceremony that marks the opening of Veterans Memorial Garden at Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road in Weldon Spring. This extraordinary event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, and is hosted by St. Charles County Government, and sponsored by the St. Charles County Veterans Committee and the St. Charles City Veteran's Commission.  

During this commemorative event, participants of all ages can tour the new garden, which features the Veterans Memorial Plaza with the names of St. Charles County soldiers who died in service to our nation engraved on stone panels (featured in photo above). They also will get to participate in a Tribute Walk along the patriotic garden that highlights commemorative pavers displayed in star-shaped designs and interpretive panels that cover conflicts from the time St. Charles County was organized in 1812 to present day wars. 

Keynote speakers at the event include County Executive Steve Ehlmann and Lt. Col. Samuel W. Kline, Commander of the 1
st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Chemical Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood. District 3 County Councilman Mike Elam, who served in the United States Navy, will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and District 4 County Councilman Dave Hammond, a U.S. Army veteran, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayors Dan Borgmeyer, St. Charles; Len Pagano, St. Peters; and Nick Guccione, Wentzville, all veterans, will read the names of St. Charles County soldiers who died while serving our country. 

Other guests participating in the ceremony include the St. Charles Municipal Band; the St. Charles County Police Department Honor Guard; accomplished singer/songwriter Rev. Dr. Randy Mayfield; and Monsignor Michael Butler, pastor of Saint Clement of Rome Catholic Church in Des Peres and a retired U.S. Air Force and Missouri National Guard chaplain. The Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 6 will lay a wreath at the memorial, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 will perform a 21-gun salute, and local businessman/musician Mike Boschert will end the program with Taps.

If weather permits, after the ceremony, children and their families are invited to participate in a variety of patriotic crafts and activities under the Sammelmann Pavilion in the park. These fun activities are presented by the Parks Department, St. Charles City-County Library District, and St. Charles County Veterans Museum. The St. Charles County Parks Foundation will be on hand selling $100 commemorative bricks for the garden’s Memorial Plaza, and the St. Charles County Government Veterans Best Practices Working Group is hosting a “Support Our Troops Care Package Drive” for soldiers overseas. Light refreshments will be served and everyone goes home with a miniature American flag. 

To learn more, visit stccparks.org or call 636-949-7535.

YAP to Open Largest Asphalt Pump Track in the Country 

The Youth Activity Park is constructing the largest asphalt pump track in the country.

It's official—construction of the largest asphalt pump track in the country is well underway at St. Charles County’s Youth Activity Park (YAP), 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie.

At an amazing 30,000-square feet, this monstrous track will stand above the rest with beginner, intermediate and advanced sections and is being built across from the largest outdoor skate/bike course in Missouri already established in the park.

The new asphalt track will consist of a circuit of paved rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by riders “pumping”—generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing. When construction is complete, the pump track will be open year-round, accommodate riders of all abilities, and provide the challenges necessary to host local and national bike competitions in the park. 

For more information, call the park at 636-561-4964 or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesCountyParks/ for frequent construction updates. 

Join Our Countdown to 2 Million Park Visitors 

Join in the excitment of our 2019 Countdown to 2 Million Park Visitors Contest!
The Parks Department is well on its way to celebrating 2 million visitors this year, and we want you to be a part of this exciting milestone! Participants of all ages are invited to join in the excitement by visiting our parks before the end of the year and sharing their weekly adventures on social media.   

It's a chance to win big prizes! Each week, there's a different theme and one lucky participant has the opportunity to win a sponsored prize package! Prize drawings are Nov. 18, and Dec. 2 and 16. 

We can’t reach our milestone without your help! Our 2019 Countdown to St. Charles County Parks’ 2 Million Visitors Contest is going on through Sunday, Dec. 15 and here’s how it works:  
  1. Follow us on social media at https://www.facebook.com/StCharlesCountyParks/ or https://www.instagram.com/stcharlescountymo/ to learn more about each weekly drawing and photo theme. 
  2. Visit any of our 15 St. Charles County Parks. 
  3. Capture your park adventures with a selfie depicting a different theme each week and upload them to your Facebook and Instagram accounts using #SCCMOParks2M. Make sure to mark posts "public" so that we can see them! If you don't have social media, email your selfies to parks@sccmo.org
  4. Help us thank our sponsors by “liking” them on social media.
A special thank you to our generous contest sponsors:For more information about the 2019 Countdown to St. Charles County Parks’ 2 Million Visitors campaign, rules and weekly themes, visit stccparks.org or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535.

 Volunteers Needed for Trail Work Days and More!

Make a mark on a St. Charles County Park - volunteer at upcoming Trail Work Days!

The Parks Department is looking for volunteers of all ages to assist with fall and winter Trail Work Days at three County Parks in November and December. This is a great opportunity for individuals who need to fulfill community service hours.
 
Park staff and members of Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC) will lead the projects and show volunteers how to build and maintain sustainable natural-surfaced trails as they assist in extending the County’s 55-mile trail system. Participants should bring a pair of gloves, sturdy boots, and safety glasses. Lunch will be provided to all who lend a helping hand.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Saturdays in these parks:

In addition to trail work, volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 to assist with eradicating invasive bush honeysuckle at Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 Highway DD in Defiance. The Parks Natural Resource staff is teaming up with the Missouri Botanical Garden for a public "Honeysuckle Sweep" around Shelter #7 in the park. This is one of several large events scheduled in our area during the month of November. 

Organizations, individuals, and groups interested in helping with Trail Work Days should pre-register on the Parks Department's website at bit.ly/2019SCCMOParksRegistration and click on the event of choice. Volunteers interested in helping at the Honeysuckle Sweep should also pre-register at bit.ly/2019HoneysuckleSweep or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 

'Tis the Season for Holiday Happenings in the Park  

Enjoy Holiday Happenings with St. Charles County Parks.

‘Tis the season to visit a St. Charles County Park for an extra dose of holiday cheer and family-friendly fun! The 2019 list of Holiday Happenings is now available, and we've got a wonderful lineup of festive events planned in November, December and January.

You can learn about evergreen species and the history of the Christmas Tree with Park Rangers at Indian Camp Creek Park; send letters to Santa and eat pizza with Jolly Old Saint Nick at the Youth Activity Park; experience the Holiday Toy Train Display and free cookie decorating activity on opening day, and make an ornament and centerpiece from nature at the Heritage Museum; take a festive Christmas Candlelight Walk at The Historic Daniel Boone Home; and search for Santa’s elves along the trails at Indian Camp Creek Park in Wentzville! For details, click on the links below.


For more information and to register for park programs, visit Activity Registration or call the Parks Department at 636-949-7535. 



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