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Fairview Heights Parks


Fall newsletter

Parks & Recreation - Winter 2012 Newsletter (PDF)

Fairview Heights  proudly set over 205 acres of land aside to provide a variety of recreational activities for its citizens.  Residents enjoy five neighborhood parks in addition to the wonderful playgrounds at Pleasant Ridge Park, site of the Kinsella Cabin and Moody Park.  Programs and services are designed to meet the needs of the public and are well managed by the exceptional Parks and Recreation Staff.  Call or visit them today to see what they have to offer.

Fairview Heights picnicResidents of Fairview Heights take naturally to the array of sports, recreation, and activity programs offered year around by the Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The programs utilize city parks and other facilities in the community. Senior citizens take maximum advantage of two senior centers — the 60s Plus Senior Center at the Municipal Complex and the SWIC/Caseyville Township Senior Center nearby.

The Illinois side of the St. Louis metropolitan area has more than 25 golf courses that can challenge the best of golfers. Stonewolf Golf Course and Far Oaks are the newest and nearest. A Goalby designed course, Far Oaks offers 18 holes of championship golf and a Target Par 3 course.

Far Oaks starts in the tradition of a Scottish links-style course with native prairie grasses and wild flowers. The course quickly flows through majestic oak trees with elevation changes associated with mountain courses. The 8,000 sq. ft. clubhouse provides a grill and bar, meeting room, locker rooms and a well stocked pro shop.

The golf and residential community of Stonewolf features an 18 hole public golf course designed by the legend himself, Jack Nicklaus! The course offers dramatic shifts in terrain surrounded by mature forest, four lakes, 69 sculpted bunkers and an 8,500 sq. ft. clubhouse.

The clubhouse restaurant, Jack’s On The Green, features a broad range of menu selections and offers a perfect setting for many types of private events including wedding receptions, dinner parties and golf outings.

In 1995, the city hosted the Prairie State Games for the first time. A multi-sport festival of Olympic-style competition, the event gave amateur athletes from throughout the state the chance to compete in a range of individual, team, and elite sports. Also in 1995, Fairview Heights hosted the Pan Am Baseball Championships, an international tournament for youngsters. That year, the 10 to 12 year olds came to Fairview Heights. In 1996, boys 16 and older came to the city for the tournament. In 1997 and 1998, the same age group came back.

Two huge community parks and three neighborhood parks in Fairview Heights total more than 200 acres. Pleasant Ridge Park, in the northern part of the city is the largest of the two community parks with 95 acres. The park offers spacious green areas and wintertime sledding. A bit of very early Fairview Heights history is represented in the park in the form of a two-story log cabin, a structure built about 1850 by the Kinsella family. Other facilities in the park are picnic pavilions, playground, and open space for passive recreation.

Longacre Park Ninety-acre Moody Park is the second of the two community parks. It is the site of new "Recreation Station," a 16,000-square-foot playground created by 2,000 volunteers who raised the funds needed and built it over a five-day period.

Other recreation attributes in the park include two ball diamonds, a concession stand, walking and jogging trail, tennis courts, volleyball court, and picnic pavilions. The three neighborhood parks range in size from 12 acres to less than an acre. In addition, in 1998, a new U.S. Ice Sports Complex that was completed features two interior NHL hockey rinks.

The Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of summertime activities for residents of all ages. Included are summer day camps, trips for families and senior citizens, adult and youngster swim classes, Pee Wee soccer, T-ball, a variety of craft classes and tennis classes. The department sponsors several annual events. Among these are an annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween Festival, Santa calls to children and employee fitness day. The Fairview Heights American Legion post sponsors baseball tournaments that draw big crowds.

An easy drive east of Fairview Heights is the mammoth Carlyle Lake state recreation area, 18 miles long and covering 26,000 acres, with 11,000 acres of public land surrounding it. Pére Marquette State Park, an 8,000-acre recreation mecca to the north, boasts a 72-room lodge that is open year around.

During the baseball season, express buses make stops in Fairview Heights, taking residents to games of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Express buses are also available for St. Louis Rams football, Blues hockey, and to such sites as the Muny Opera and Six Flags Over America theme park.

Special Event:

Spring 2008 Information Flyer (PDF)

Summer 2008 Information Flyer (PDF)

 

2008 Arthritis Walk

May 31, 2008 at Moody Park

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