Posts tagged St. Charles

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.

Leave a comment »

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.

Comments (4) »

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?

Comments (4) »

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

Leave a comment »

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.

Leave a comment »

Westwinds Park

Features

Location:

  • .1 Acres, 114 Paula Ave.

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

Leave a comment »

Wapelhorst Park

The Water Park at Wapelhorst

Features

  • Aquatic Center Facility
  • 4 Softball Diamonds
  • Concession Stand
  • 2 Small Soccer Fields
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 3 Picnic Shelters
  • 2 Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Playground Area
  • Paved Hike/Bike Trail
  • George Gould Community Building
  • Small Fishing Lake
  • Restrooms
  • Park Map
  • Park Hours:
    Daylight – 12 am (April 1 – Nov. 14)
    Daylight – 10 pm (Nov. 15 – March 31)
  • Park Rules and Regulations

Location:

  • 78 Acres, 1875 Muegge Road

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

Comments (1) »