Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Blanchette Park, St. Charles


  • 44 Acres
  • Blanchette Aquatic Facility
  • Playground Area
  • 4 Picnic Shelters
  • 2 Large Baseball Diamonds
  • 1 Small Baseball Diamonds
  • 1 Football Field (Seasonal)
  • 3 Tennis/Pickleball Courts
  • 12 Horseshoe Courts
  • Paved Hike/Bike Trail Park
  • Sledding Hill
  • Little Library
  • Memorial Hall Community Building
  • Rau Garden
  • Angel of Hope Statue
  • Concession stand restrooms are open April 1-November 14. Restrooms closest to the Aquatic Facility are open year-round. 

Playground ground cover: Poured rubber

This is one of my favorite parks. It is shaded in summer and a great sledding hill for winter. The playground features a three-story structure with multiple slides, monkey bars, climbing ladders, and bridges. There is a toddler area set to the side, as well as a huge climbing rock and one of the spidery-rope-type structures. Swings are nearby and include big kid and baby swings. The park includes nearby ball fields and a pool during the summer months. This is a very large and busy park. 

The playground was updated with new 100% Missouri Recycled Scrap Tire surfacing and a new climbing net has been completed and reopened to the public on May 4, 2018.

 Fitness trail

Horseshoe pits and tennis courts

Large covered pavilion right next to the playground and parking lot.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sioux Passage Park, Florissant

Location: 17930 Old Jamestown Rd, On Missouri River, St. Louis, MO 63034


Playground ground cover: poured rubber

  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Trail
  • Horseback Riding Trails - Permitted only on designated trails with open riding allowed along the river. The horse trailer parking area is the gravel lot. No horse rentals are available.
  • Tennis Courts
  • Fishing - Available along the Missouri River in accordance with Missouri Wildlife Code
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Course
  • 2 Disc Golf Courses
  • Year-Round Restroom (Lenz Shelter)
  • Boat Ramp - Missouri Department of Conservation’s boat ramp is accessible by driving through the park
  • Winter Outdoor Sports - Sioux Passage is a designated Winter Sports area with snowmobiling, sled riding, and cross-country skiing permitted.
  • Camp Sites - 5 sites available for primitive camping only, no electricity. Water is available nearby at the restroom on site for campers. Each site has 3 picnic tables, 1 bbq pit, and a fire ring for campfires. No RV camping allowed, only tent camping. Bring your own firewood. Restroom on site to be used for inclement weather emergencies.
  • 3 Reservable Shelters: Black Buffalo, Epstein Shelter, Lenz Shelter
This park is huge and has a lot of open land and rolling hills for running around plus fitness trails.

The playground next to the Epstein picnic shelter is small. It has 2 slides - a large one that has rock climbing holds to get up to the slide. There's a small toddler/preschool slide as well. There is a restroom and a parking lot and a huge pavilion right there. 

The second playground has a boat theme. It has a couple slides and 2 sling swings. This playground is located next to the Lenz picnic shelter. There are restrooms and a huge pavilion here as well.

Restrooms and pavilion

Also in this park is access to the river, a wildflower trail, and Mill Creek.