A new park being developed at Sammelmann Farm in St. Charles County will feature a destination playground with inclusive elements that are designed to foster social, physical, sensory, cognitive and communication development, the St. Charles County Parks Department announced this week. Play elements will include a music area, climbing structures, inclusive swings, a hillside slide and an interactive water feature.
The park’s design was based on input from local residents. Other amenities at the park, which will be located between Pitman Hill and Kisker roads, include a dog park, two stocked fishing lakes, trails and picnic shelters.
St. Charles County acquired the property in July 2014. While most county parks are located in rural settings, the Sammelmann property is located in a residential area. A silo located on the property is being preserved and integrated into the design; a boardwalk from the silo will take visitors to the top of a hill, providing a better view of the park.
Construction is slated to begin in February 2017, with completion expected in spring 2018. St. Charles County Parks will develop 90 acres initially; another 30 acres will be reserved for future development. The approximately $9 million project is being funded by the Parks Fund.
“The residents in the area are excited about having a County park so close to their homes, and we are just as excited to get started,” says Bettie Yahn-Kramer, Director of Parks. “This is going to be an amazing attraction for the community.”