Fairview Heights Parks
Parks & Recreation - Winter 2012 Newsletter (PDF)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
clubhouse restaurant, Jacks 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spring 2008 Information Flyer (PDF)
Summer 2008 Information Flyer (PDF)
2008 Arthritis Walk
May 31, 2008 at Moody Park