At a dedication ceremony on Friday, May 29, St. Charles County officials formally unveiled the newly expanded Broemmelsiek Park.
Much of the 495-acre park at 1795 Hwy. DD near Wentzville has been a center of construction activity as park improvements took shape over the past several years, including the renovation of the property’s existing 13-acre lake, known as “Betty’s Lake.”
As part of Phase 2 construction, the lake was drained and silt removed. The lake is the largest in the county’s park system and typically is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. However, fishing hasn’t been allowed in the lake since construction activity began.
Along with the lake, other amenities at the park include a day-use-only Visitors Center lodged in a historic residence known as “Jack’s House.” The Jack Broemmelsiek family were the original owners of the property and provided the county with a partial donation when the property was acquired.
A Visitors Center meeting room facility, a .75-mile paved trail around the lake, several picnic sites, an off-leash dog park, a 3-acre lake and an astronomy site round out the park’s amenities.
One picnic area, known as Hilltop Group Area, can accommodate about 300 people; the second picnic area, known as Specialty Shelter No. 7, can handle about 150 people.
The park also now has a second entrance off Hwy. DD.
While some finishing touches remain, Nancy Lee Gomer, marketing coordinator for the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the park’s new facilities are largely open.