Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Ruth Park Golf Course:  Holiday Hours

Closed:  December 25, 2021, Christmas Day

Closed:  January 1, 2022, New Year's Day

Winter Schedule:         Sunday - Saturday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ackert Park and Walkway

 Due to construction activities taking place within Ackert Park, portions of the Ackert walkway will be closed.  It is suggested that individuals use the sidewalks along Leland Avenue and Westgate Avenue as an alternate route. 12/9/2021

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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. 

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:
  • 21 Parks of Approximately 260 Acres
  • Green Space of About 34 Acres
  • 9 Picnic Shelters
  • 15 Play Equipment Areas
  • 15 Ball Diamonds
  • 17 Tennis Courts
  • 10 Soccer and Football Fields
  • 2 Ponds
  • 8 miles of Trails
  • Heman Park Swimming Pool
  • Heman Park Community Center
  • Centennial Commons Recreation Facility
  • Golf Course