McNair Multipurpose Sports Court

The new Multipurpose Sports Court at McNair is well on its way to completion. In just a few short weeks (if weather cooperates) you and your family will be able to enjoy a playground with a fantastic modern design, multiple basketball courts and a roller hockey arena.

If you haven’t been by the park recently, here are a couple of pictures of the new area…

Progress Report Nov 007Progress Report Nov 008

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Trip Fam. Meeting

question-markDid you know the City of St. Charles organizes vacation packages through the Parks & Recreation Department?  Every year, we put together numerous day trips as well as a couple of large-scale, week long vacations.  All are welcome including area families, couples, and seniors.

For 2010, we already have two exciting trips planned…

Magnolias, Mansions & More

March 22 – 29, 2010

A week-long trip through the historic sites of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mount Rushmore

September 8 – 17, 2009

A trip north to see Mount Rushmore and other interesting sites along the way.

We are having our first informational meeting on these trips on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 3 p.m.  The meeting will be held in Memorial Hall at Blanchette Park.
At this meeting, you will receive a complete itinerary with price break downs for both of the 2010 trips as well as the Fireside Christmas Trip.

YOU MUST RSVP to ensure that we have enough space and informational packets for you at the meeting.

If you would like to reserve a spot at the meeting, or receive additional information, call John Pike at 636.949.3580 or contact the Parks office at 636.949.3372.

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More upcoming trips from the Parks Department

Check out these overnight trips coming up in the next year.  Sign ups have already begun so don’t wait to call us at 636-949-3372.

FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 3-6, 2009
$599 per person (double occupancy)

firesideHere’s some of the great attractions you’ll see on this 4-day trip to Wisconsin:
-BELOIT THEATRE CHRISTMAS SHOW
-CONKLIN’S BARN DINNER THEATER
-ANGEL MUSEUM
-BALANCE-HERSCHEL HOUSE – We’ll enjoy lunch and Victorian Tea in this beautiful house built in 1888.
-TORAASON GLASS – Hand blown glass demonstration.
-THREE CHRISTMAS SHOWS – Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights.
-DRIVE THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY

Click here to see a full itinerary.

In 2010 we have already begun plans on two extended trips.  Call the office to get on the mailing list for these great trips:

MAGNOLIAS, MANSIONS & MORE
MARCH 22-29, 2010

Our itinerary is not set for this trip, but we are considering the following attractions:
– SPRING PILGRIMAGE IN NATCHEZ, MS
– PLANTATIONS & MANSIONS OF BATON ROUGE, LA
– GREAT PHARAOHS OF EGYPT EXHIBIT IN LITTLE ROCK, AR
– VISIT THE SITE OF THE MOVIE STEEL MAGNOLIAS IN LOUISIANA

MOUNT RUSHMORE/CRAZY HORSE/BLACK HILLS
SEPTEMBER 2010

Planned attractions:
-MOUNT RUSHMORE
-CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
-1880 STEAM TRAIN RIDE
-EXPLORE THE BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA

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Boschert Greenway Trail Opens

Great Rivers Greenway has finished work on the new Boschert Greenway Trail that connects Fox Hill Park to Fountain Lakes Park.  City and Park officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the 2-mile trail on Wednesday, October 22.

The trail begins in Fox Hill Park and runs across to New Town Boulevard and Fountain Lakes Park.  The paved trail is great for walking, biking and rollerblading.

Come check it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment here on our Park Blog.

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McNair Sports Court Reconstruction

The tennis courts at McNair were last rehabbed in 1984.  Since then, cracks have formed on the light standards and net posts creating a rough playing surface that is more suited for recreational play than a serious match.

With the recent renovation of the tennis courts at the McNair Day Camp to accommodate tennis players, it’s time to fix up the worn down courts and turn them into a recreation area that can be used by as many citizens as possible.

In 1999, a survey of St. Charles citizens showed that interest in tennis was waning and people were interested is seeing more basketball and inline hockey courts.

So, the question is, what do you want to see done with the old McNair courts?  The Parks Department has a budget of up to $235,000 for the project.  One suggested renovation proposal would turn the worn tennis court area into a multipurpose sports court, but no final decisions have been made.  What sports are you most interested in playing on those courts and what should we do to make the area more fun for you and your family?

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Webster/Heatherbrook Park

Heatherbrook Park Features

Location:

  • 9 Acres, at the end of Wildwood Court from Pralle Lane

Webster Park

Webster Park is the newest addition to our outdoor recreational opportunities. This piece of property is not currently open to the public, but plans are in the works. In 2005, the Parks and Recreation Board contracted with SWT Design to aid in the development of a master plan for the Park and Horner and Shifrin Engineering Company to engineer the roadway and parking lot for construction. Construction documents for the roadway and parking lot are near completion and approval from the Corps of Engineers for construction has been requested.

Through public input, a master plan has been developed with great features for Webster Park and redevelopment of Heatherbrook Park which is adjacent to the South. The two park areas complement each other nicely with a combined 29 acres of recreational opportunities both passive and active.

Webster Park’s topography is much different than most of our City Parks. It features rolling hills, a meadow, wooded areas and a creek. The final design accents these features with walking trails, picnic areas, wetlands, pavilions and a community building for gatherings. The trail system will provide a walking link between Webster and Heatherbrook Parks.

Heatherbrook Park has a fishing lake that will be enlarged and enhanced with walking trails surrounding the perimeter of the Park. The entryway and parking lot will also be renovated for easier access. The wonderful open space in the middle of the park is great for a pick up game of football, soccer or softball.

All improvements included in the master plan for both areas estimates total cost at $3.5 million. This development will be completed in phases with funding currently available to construct the roadway and parking lot into Webster Park. Park Staff are working on existing structures for demolition or upgrades for public use.

Webster and Heatherbrook Park Master Plan PDF

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Woodlands Park

Features

Location:

8.5 Acres, 1278 Harvest Ridge Dr.

For more information, please visit the City of St. Charles Parks and Recreation website.

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