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County renames Youth Activity Park, plans major transformation

Approval last night by the County Council to change the name of Youth Activity Park to Kinetic Park has open the door to a major transformation that will be “all about energy in motion through adventures and play,” according to St. Charles County officials.

The park is located at 7801 Town Square Ave. in Dardenne Prairie.

New amenities will include an 8,500-square-foot Activity Center, a 22,000-square-foot Bicycle Playground and Skills Course, a 17,000-square-foot Splash Play area, a 40,000-square-feet Adventure Playground, an RC and Big Wheel Course, and an outdoor concessions stand and seating. Already existing at the park are the largest pump track in the United States, the largest outdoor skate park in Missouri, and a 30-foot indoor rock climbing wall.

Construction will begin this spring at the park and all elements are expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

The construction and transformation are being overseen by the St. Charles County Parks Department and funded through a local use tax with the sole purpose of parkland acquisition, development, operations and maintenance. The cost of the project is estimated at approximately $7 million.

Activity Center
A second building will be constructed in the park to accommodate additional indoor sports and activities. The center will be located just north of the park’s existing building and will feature a state-of-the-art e-Sports room with gaming stations for day-to-day use and accommodations for hosting tournaments and competitions. An indoor street-style skateboard area and all-season activity room also are included in the plans. The existing park building will be renovated to include new themed climber walls for children, as well as additional party rental space. 

Bike Playground and Skills Course
The bicycle playground will be the first new area completed and will feature ladder bridges, rollers, tunnels and other obstacles specifically designed to offer a safe way to build cycling confidence. An advanced skills course will provide riders of all ages and abilities features and obstacles to help them build skills to tackle mountain bike trails of varying levels of difficulty. This area is expected to be ready for use by the end of July. Time-lapse video footage of the construction will be coming soon at stccparks.org and on the Kinetic Park Facebook page.

Splash Play
This area will combine natural elements with modern play equipment, such as sprayers, bubblers, a grotto waterfall, a meandering creek, and two water slides.

Adventure Playground
This area will be built into the park’s landscape to allow visitors of all abilities access to a variety of swinging and spinning features, net climbers, slides and music features.

Additionally, an RC and Big Wheel Course will be constructed for racing for all ages. An outdoor concessions area and seating will complement the existing indoor café at the park.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann said he was pleased that the 18-year-old is being transformed into a recreational space for residents of all ages.

“After the addition of the pump track, we experienced an influx of visitors and began reimagining what the park could be,” Ehlmann said. “Kinetic Park will be a destination for those who want to experience a variety of high-energy activities – indoors and out.”

County council chair Mike Elam agreed. “We are thrilled about the new name and development plans. This is an opportunity for the county to not only provide more activities in this area but to create a unique showpiece for our community.”

The 26-acreYouth Activity Park opened in 2003. as a destination for the entire family. In addition to the existing pump track and skate park, visitors can climb the rock wall and play table tennis, foosball, air hockey, and host small events indoors. The existing amenities will remain open while construction on the new area is underway.

Two other parks formally named; improvements planned
The council also formally approved the names of Riverside Landing, 101 Riverport Lane in St. Charles, and The Park at New Melle Lakes, 400 Foristell Road in New Melle.

Construction started in February 2021 on improvements to Riverside Landing and the park is closed until the end of this year. When complete, the park will feature:

  • New RV camping spaces
  • Paved roadways and paths
  • A new boat launch ramp with ADA accessibility
  • A kayak launch area and rental station for trips up the Dardenne Creek
  • Improved, ADA-accessible fishing access

The new features are designed to withstand, or be removed prior to, flooding.

At The Park at New Melle Lakes, one of the county’s newest parks, visitors can fish, canoe, kayak, hike, bike and play the 18-hole champion disc golf course. A newly renovated event space, The Landhaus, overlooks a 25-acre lake in the park and can now be booked for special events.

Visit stccparks.org for more information on these and all St. Charles County parks

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