RV Park Included in Metro St. Louis Project
St. Peters, Mo., officials are moving forward on construction plans for the Lakeside 370 business park in suburban St. Louis, which includes a 300-acre RV park (shown in the West Park at left).
The Board of Aldermen viewed phase one construction plans for the park during its June 11 work session, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Road and infrastructure construction and work on the RV park and other amenities could begin this fall, said Ted Spaid, co-founder of SWT Design, a St. Louis-based landscaping architecture firm.
"We hope to start bidding the project for construction in August," said Jeff Hutsler, parks and recreation director.
The recreational park is being developed within the 1,600 acres along Highway 370 that the city bought several years ago. The city eventually sold most of the property to Kaplan Investment and Development Co., Duke Realty and Gundaker Commercial Group for $49.6 million for development of Premier 370, a $570 million business park expected to include office, commercial and entertainment uses.
In the summer of 2006, the city invited the public to suggest amenities for the recreational park. As a result, plans now call for the park to include picnic areas, walking trails, large playgrounds, a camping area and a recreational beach in addition to the RV park.
Designers presented concepts for the 300-acre recreational park to the board during its Feb. 12 work session. At that time, the board voted 7-0 to approve design option B for the Lakeside 370 Park.
In February, Spaid divided the plan into east and west sections. The west side could include an RV park, camping area and public pavilions; to the east, the park could have a public beach, a floating general store and nature area, he said.
Spaid said more than 200 recreational vehicles could be parked in what he called "pods" on designated lots.
During phase one, crews would construct 50 RVs ports, creating two pods of 25, Hutsler said. Comfort stations equipped with showers, rest rooms and a laundry facility would be built between the RV pods, he said.
The park's centerpiece is a 140-acre lake, which will be available for fishing, boating and possibly swimming. Phase one would include adding a trail around the lake, Hutsler said.
A park ranger check-in station, boat house and boat launch also would be built in phase one, Hutsler said.
Hutsler said it would cost about $6 million to complete the first phase. Five other construction phases could be added, he said.