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New activity center in O’Fallon to be named ‘O’Day Lodge’

O’Day Park

At its March 22 work session, the O’Fallon City Council chose “O’Day Lodge” as the name for the activity center that will be located in the city’s O’Day Park.

O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation Board had recommended the name of “Fern Ridge Lodge at O’Day Park” for the facility, but the city council decided it wanted a shorter name.

The suggestion of O’Day Lodge came from Councilmember Rose Mack [Ward 2], who had concerns about the length of the park board’s recommendation.

“It’s simple, fast, easy and I think it will keep from any confusion,” Mack said of her suggestion, which was approved by the council.

O’Fallon broke ground on O’Day Park earlier this year. The park, which will be located on a 57-acre wooded tract off of Hwy. DD, is expected to open in January 2019. In addition to the activity and conference center, O’Day Park also will include a camping area, trails, an amphitheater and an adventure playground area.

In December, the O’Fallon city council approved a $9.1 million contract with KCI Construction for construction of the park. O’Fallon voters approved a $20.7 million bond issue for park projects in August 2016.

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