Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Playground Reopening Announcement:

The City has received approval from the St. Louis County Health Department to start opening playgrounds.  In doing so, the City will take a phased approach in the openings and will start with the opening of the Heman Park Playground at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020.  Select playgrounds within the City are scheduled to be phased in for opening over the next several months. 

 City Maintenance Crews will be cleaning and/or disinfecting the Heman Park playground a minimum of three (3) times per week; However, to further help limit the risk of disease transmission: 1) The City will limit use of playground equipment to daylight hours only (7 AM to dusk, daily); 2) Will require the wearing of face masks with the exception on children at play; 3) Require that all users maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing from others; and 4) Will encourage park patrons to use disposable disinfectant wipes or other suitable and commercially available/ registered disinfectant products to perform spot cleaning in areas of concern should they so desire.

Darren Dunkle CPRP AFO

Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Ruth Park Golf Course

Ruth Park Golf Course and Driving Range are open for play. The golf course will be open for its normal hours of 6:00 am to sunset for walking only.

• Starting times can be reserved by calling 314-727-4800 by MasterCard or Visa only.

• No cash will be taken.

• Online starting times will be taken but you will still need to call the golf shop for payment.

• Flag sticks are to remain in at all times and cups have been inverted for easy ball retrieval.

• Ball washers and drinking water will not be available on the course (coolers or fountains).

Please be safe and hope to see you soon.

University City Parks Update

On May 1, 2020; tennis courts, trails, and general open areas of the parks will reopen. However, park users will need to follow all CDC guidelines and County Executive Orders pertaining to social distancing.

City Manager Gregory Rose has announced that the Ruth Park Golf Course will reopen on May 15th, if not before. Please check the City website for updates.

In an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, the City will continue to follow all Executive Orders and CDC guidelines. In doing so, the City of University City has taken the following actions:

Recreation

• Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the following recreation facilities continue to remain closed until further notice.

- Centennial Commons

- Community Center

- Heman Pool

Parks

• Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the following park facilities continue to remain closed until further notice.

- Pavilions

- Athletic Fields (Closed for general use. Permits may be issued for organized use.)

- Ackert Park Playground

- Eastgate Park Playground

- Flynn Park Playground

- Kaufman Park Playground

- Kingsland Park Playground

- Lewis Park Playground

- Majerus Park Playground

- Metcalfe Park Playground

- Mooney Park Playground

- Rabe Park Playground

• The City has received approval from the St. Louis County Health Department to start opening playgrounds. Select playgrounds within the City are scheduled to be phased in for opening over the next several months.

Park Maintenance Crews will be cleaning and/or disinfecting the playgrounds a minimum of two (2) times per week; However, to further help limit the risk of disease transmission: 1) The City will limit use of playground equipment to daylight hours only (7 AM to dusk, daily); 2) Will require the wearing of face masks with the exception on children at play; 3) Require that all users maintain a minimum of 6 feet of social distancing from others; and 4) Will encourage park patrons to use disposable disinfectant wipes or other suitable and commercially available/ registered disinfectant products to perform spot cleaning in areas of concern should they so desire. The following playgrounds are open:

- Heman Park

- Fogerty Park

- Millar Park

• Centennial Commons memberships will be extended an additional month for each month the facility is closed.

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Overview


The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry  is responsible for the administration and operation of City parks, recreation programs and events, and maintaining over 30,000 trees that line the streets and parks of University City. During the school year, the Department also operates a public swimming program in the University City High School indoor swimming pool (Natatorium).

Scholarship Information


The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry has developed a limited scholarship program for University City residents who meet the qualifying income requirements. For more information, contact Centennial Commons, (314) 505-8617.

City Facilities


The major facilities and properties are:
  • 19 Parks of Approximately 255 Acres
  • Green Space of About 34 Acres
  • 15 Play Equipment Areas
  • 15 Ball Diamonds
  • 10 Soccer and Football Fields
  • 2 Ponds
  • Heman Park Swimming Pool
  • Heman Park Community Center
  • Centennial Commons Recreation Facility
  • Golf Course



Closure Announcement 3-2020