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Wapelhorst, Blanchette aquatic facilities to grand re-open Memorial Day weekend

The conceptual plan turns into reality with the grand re-opening of the Wapelhorst Aquatic Center on Memorial Day weekend.

The city of St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce the Dedication Celebration and official ribbon cutting for the new Wapelhorst and Blanchette aquatic facilities. The Dedication Celebration will take place on Thursday, May 24 from 6-10 p.m. at the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility.

The event will begin with the official ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. and an official welcome from the mayor of the city of St. Charles Sally Faith. After the ribbon cutting, there will be music, games and, of course, the new facility, for all to enjoy.  The event is free and open to the public.

The renovation of the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility, along with the Blanchette Aquatic Facility, was possible thanks to the citizen’s support of Proposition P in August of 2016.  The residents approved a half-cent sales tax for Parks and Stormwater projects. Over the 15-year life of the sales tax, it will generate $21,000,000 for the Parks & Recreation Department. Of that amount, $18,000,000 was set aside for the replacement of the Blanchette Aquatic Facility and renovation of the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility. The remaining $3,000,000 was allocated toward playground replacements, athletic field light upgrades and ball field improvements.

“We are grateful to the residents of the city of Saint Charles for supporting Proposition P, and we are so excited to share the results of that effort with the opening of our new aquatic facilities,” said Mayor Sally Faith.

“As we open the new facilities, we celebrate 81 years of aquatics in the city of Saint Charles,” said Parks and Recreation DirectorMaralee Britton. “These are premier facilities that we are sure residents and visitors to our city will enjoy for many years to come as we continue the aquatics tradition. We look forward to their opening on Memorial Day weekend.”

 The Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility is located at 1875 Muegge Road in St. Charles. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (636) 949-3372.

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