Jefferson Barracks Family Trail to be dedicated Thursday

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Pictured above: A family trail station at Spanish Lake Park.

Jefferson Barracks Park has a new “family trail” that makes it easier for families to be active together in the park.

The St. Louis County Parks Department, St. Louis County Parks Foundation and public officials will dedicate the newly completed play and exercise stations along the existing 1.1 mile South Dennis Schick Loop Trail Thursday.

The Jefferson Barracks Family Trail Dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at the Dennis Schick Trailhead near the intersection of Hancock Avenue and Grant Road Thursday, Nov. 21.

 

Four stations were installed along the trail to encourage multi-generational use. Each station includes two pieces of exercise equipment and two playground pieces. Children, parents and grandparents can all share this space that combines fun and exercise. Children can lead their adult and other playmates from station to station and keep the family moving.

The first “family trail” was completed in August 2018 in Spanish Lake Park and has been very successful.

The St. Louis County Parks Foundation raised over $100,000 to complete this project at Jefferson Barracks Park. Funding was also provided by the Friends of Jefferson Barracks and St. Louis County Parks Department.

“We are excited to bring a ‘Family Trail’ to the people of South County,” said Mark Ohlendorf, president of the St. Louis County Parks Foundation. “We would like to thank Cardinals Care, Friends of Jefferson Barracks, and the many individual donors for helping make this new idea possible. Due to the success and use of these trails, we are already planning another ‘Family Trail’ in West County to encourage the entire family to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.”

“Thanks to the Parks Department for their continued hard work and dedication in making St. Louis County a great place to live, work, and play,” said County Executive Sam Page. “I look forward to more Family Trails across our beautiful County parks.”

The dedication will take place at the southeast end of the park near the corner of Hancock Avenue and Grant Road. Speakers will include Ohlendorf, St. Louis County Parks Director Tom Ott, County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas and Page.