What was once a vacant lot will soon serve as a destination for recreation and play in Wellston.
The City of Wellston partnered with Great Rivers Greenway, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department, Beyond Housing, and the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County to transform a lot at the corner of Etzel and Skinker into Trojan Park, which will be home to a pavilion, butterfly gardens, three playgrounds, a splash plaza, basketball and volleyball courts, exercise equipment and more.
The new park is named after the mascot of Wellston’s former Eskridge High School. Officials hope it will serve as a place for the community to gather. In that spirit, families are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new 1-acre park with food trucks, music and dance performances Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.-noon.
“The city of Wellston is thrilled to establish this new park,” said Mayor Nathaniel Griffin. “We want to do everything we can to give kids a great place to play and our whole community a space to come together.”
The park lies within St. Vincent Greenway, a 7-mile corridor that will stretch from the North Hanley MetroLink Station, near the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, all the way to Forest Park. The project was part of the NRPA’s 2016 Parks Build Community, a program that builds or revitalizes a park within the region hosting its annual conference. Trojan Park is the sixth project in the program.