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Suburban St. Louis Park to Open

May 17, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

After almost two years of construction, 370 Lakeside Park located along I-370 in St. Peters, Mo., is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Thursday (May 19) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on one of the park’s 50 sites for recreational vehicles, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano and members of the Board of Aldermen will attend the opening of the 300-acre park, which will offer RV sites, biking and walking trails as well as boating and fishing.

The entrance to the park is just north of the interchange of Highway 370 and Harry S. Truman Boulevard.

Jeff Hutsler, group manager for parks and recreation services, said several reservations have already been made for the RV park, which officials hope will be a steady source of revenue for the city. The fee for an RV site and hookups is $35 per night. The park’s primitive camping area hasn’t been completed, but Hutsler said some of the RV pads are being set aside for tent sites, which can be used for $10 per night.

“We’re real excited to be to this point,” Hutsler said. “It’s been a long time coming and it’s been a true city project. We’ve had to battle weather and the elements but are finally at the point where we can open this to the public.”

A 140-acre lake is the centerpiece of the park. Fishing and boating will be available when the park opens Thursday. Park visitors can rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boats at a cost of $15 per hour or $45 all day. Visitors who bring their own boats can use the park’s launch for free. Only trolling motors are allowed; no gas motors.

Hutsler said any fish caught in the lake can be kept. The city is still working out the limits on size and number of fish each fisherman can keep.

Park visitors who want to rent a RV pad, bicycle or boat must check in at the ranger station near the RV pads. A comfort station has been installed, and Hutsler said he hoped the results of water tests will receive a passing grade by Thursday, so that visitors can use the sinks.

The park also has 4.5 miles of trails winding around its perimeter, but only three miles of the trails will be ready by Thursday. Work continues on the trail on the south side of the park. Visitors are allowed to bring golf carts and drive them on the trails.

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