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Hunter Park & St. Louis County Parks Update

posted Apr 30, 2020, 8:52 AM by City Clerk   [ updated Apr 30, 2020, 8:56 AM ]

City of Crystal Lake Park

Hunter Park Update 

April 30, 2020

The playground at Hunter Park will remain closed as long as the County’s stay at home order is in effect. However, the green space areas to the north and south of the playground remain open, following social distancing guidelines as per the CDC. 

Although some parks in our region are reopening, they are for “passive use” only. Passive use is biking, walking, running, following social distancing guidelines. However, playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions remain closed as social distancing cannot be controlled.  Other municipalities are following suit in terms of soft openings of their parks for passive use only but facilities, including playgrounds, remain closed.

As of today, the County stay at home order remains indefinite and will be re-evaluated by County Executive Sam Page on or about May 15, 2020. 

Below is information regarding usage of St. Louis County Parks from the St. Louis County Department of Health. A link to the St. Louis County Parks' website can be found at the bottom of this announcement. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. Health and safety first.

St. Louis County Parks

St. Louis County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Update  


Many St. Louis County Parks reopened on April 28th, with some limitations. These restrictions include keeping facilities like bathrooms, playgrounds, shelters, and skate parks closed. Also, many trails have also been designated as “one-way” trails.

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds everyone that social distancing guidelines still remain in effect when enjoying county parks. Social distancing, or “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Key components include keeping six feet of space between you and other people and not gathering in large groups.

The following St. Louis County Parks reopened with some limitations: Bee Tree, Bella Fontaine, Blake C. Snyder Memorial, Buder, Butler Lake, Castlepoint, Cliff Cave, Champ, Creve Coeur, Faust, Fort Belle Fontaine, George Winter, Grant’s Trail, Greensfelder, Jefferson Barracks, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Lemay, Lone Elk (drive-thru only), Love, Lower Meramec, McDonnell, Ohlendorf West, Queeny, Sherman Beach, Simpson, Sioux Passage, Spanish Lake, St. Vincent, Suson, Tilles, Unger, Veterans Memorial, and West Tyson.

The following St. Louis County Parks will continue to be temporarily closed: Antire, Bissell House, Black Forest, Bohrer, Bright, Classe, Ebsworth, Endicott, Hunter's Ford, King, Kinloch, Larimore, Mackenzie, Mathilda-Welmering, Memorial, Ohlendorf, Robert Winter, Schaefer Bend, St. GeorgeSylvan Springs, and Widman.

Lone Elk Park will be open to drive-thru traffic only. Most loop trails will be converted into “one-way” trails. All other trails will remain two directional.

Park restrooms, dog parks, indoor facilities, sports courts, shelters, exercise stations, playgrounds, skate parks and Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex are closed. All programs, activities, events and rentals (regardless of size) are canceled thru at least Friday, May 15. Park Rangers are continuing their duties as normal.

All County programs, activities, events and rentals (regardless of size) are canceled thru at least Friday, May 15.

Below is the link to St. Louis County Parks regarding the parameters for the parks being open and defining the specific uses.