The Park & Recreation Department has designed quality programs that encourages community participation and meets the diverse recreational needs of all of its citizens. Through numerous activities, programs and special events throughout the year, all age groups of the community are given the opportunity to participate and interact. The availability of quality leisure programs helps to strengthen the community, provide its youth constructive activities, and improve the overall quality of life of its citizens. You can visit them at their website.
In 1953, the City received a generous land donation from the Belk family of approximately 234 acres to create of an 18-hole championship public golf course and park. Today, this estimated $12 million facility draws more than 50,000 visitors a year through numerous tournaments, open play and special events. It has been recognized as one of the most popular public golf courses in the St. Louis Metro area. In addition, the Course was the winner of Golf Digest’s "Places to Play-4 Star Award". The City continues investing in improvements to the golf course with the addition of zoysia fairways, clubhouse expansions, installation of forward tees and the installation of senior and ladies tee boxes. These improvements have made playing the course enjoyable for all and a destination of choice for business outings and public recreation.
The facility also includes banquet accommodations for business meetings, rehearsal dinners, parties or other gatherings. For more information regarding availability for a tournament, golf lessons or reserving a banquet date, please contact the Golf Pro/Manager at (618) 251-3115 or visit the web site at www.belkpark.com.
The Balk Park Walking Path was opened at an official ribbon cutting on October 3, 2016. The path is a one mile paved walkway around the outskirts of the lake at Belk Park. The City is pleased to offer this amenity and we encourage you to enjoy the beautiful scenery
The Aquatic Center is a $4 million water recreational complex that everyone in the family can enjoy. The younger children can safely play in the wading pool while older children can splash around the Olympic size pool. Teenagers have a great time hanging out with friends and enjoying the two 4-story high water slides with 320 feet of incredible turns, diving wells with a 1 and 3-meter board and volleyball court. For parents and sunbathers relaxing is not a problem with the 200 available chaise lounges and more than 8 lifeguards keeping the complex safe.
This regional attraction draws more than 40,000 visitors annually and provides numerous water programs and events. The pool, slide or both can be rented for an exciting birthday party or other special occasion. Everyone can have a fun time at this water recreational facility located at 670 Whitelaw Avenue.
For more information on hours, rates, rental, water programs or summer employment at the Aquatic Center, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (618) 251-3130.
With 8 parks and more than 273.5 acres of recreational space, residents can enjoy virtually any outdoor activity. Many of the parks already have available amenities such as BBQ grills, shelters, parking and restrooms for outings and picnics. Through a substantial corporate donation from both BP and Triad Industries, the City was able to replace most of its playground equipment with state of the art equipment area children will enjoy for years to come. Additionally, the convenient location of the parks throughout the City allow children safe access to basketball courts, soccer, baseball/softball fields and playgrounds that are close to home.
For information regarding renting a shelter for an outdoor gathering in one of the city parks, please contact the Parks & Recreation Dept at (618) 251-3130.
Throughout the year, the Park & Recreation Department provides residents of all ages a diverse selection of activities and events to choose from. Children and teenagers can take advantage of the numerous camps, clinics and instructional lessons to maintain or improve in sports or other activities. Groups can participate in the many sport tournaments and leagues that are available throughout the different seasons.
For more information regarding fees, availability of programs and registration, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (618) 251-3130.
Everyone can enjoy the special events that happen regularly such as Easter Egg Hunt, Youth League Parade, Bike Ramble, Summer Concerts, Ice Cream Social, Halloween Party, and Breakfast with Santa. Visit the Community Events Page.