Kennedy Recreation Complex


***The Pool at KRC will be closed today, July 13 through Friday, July 14 for maintenance. We plan to reopen on Saturday, July 15 at 12:30 p.m.

 The Kennedy Recreation Complex is located in Wayne C. Kennedy Park in South St. Louis County and features a meeting room, an indoor ice-skating arena, lighted tennis courts, a playground, olympic size pool and a golf course. Suson Park is conveniently located just across Wells Road.


Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Party/Meeting Room
Our party room holds between 25 - 35 people and is perfect for birthday parties! Advance reservations are required. The room is available to rent only during public session hours. Renters provide their own refreshments, some restrictions apply. Admission to the ice rink is an additional fee and is payable upon arrival. 

Ice Rink Rental/Arena Rental
The ice rink is available for evening rentals from October 1 - February 26. The 21,000 square foot arena space is available for rent from April 1 - August 15. The arena is air-conditioned. Call (314) 615-5572 for availability and fees.

Quail Creek Golf Course
This 18-hole championship par 72 golf course is open to the public. Complete with driving range, pro shop and full service restaurant and bar. Call (314) 487-1988 for more information.

Pool Information
Kennedy Recreation Center has an olympic-sized pool and a small baby pool. 

2017 Hours:
Open from June 3 - August 6
Everyday, Noon - 6 p.m.

Admission Fees:
$4/person (4-12)
$5/person (13-64)
$4/person (65+)
Kids 3 and under are free with a paying adult

Swim Groups
The number of groups per day is limited. Children’s groups (5-16) must have at least one counselor in swim attire per 10 children. Groups with kids 4 and under must have 1 counselor per every five children. Advance notice is required by calling during normal business hours.

Lap Swimming
Our pool offers lap swimming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 - 6 p.m for all ages. We also offer a special senior lap swim for those 50+ on Friday from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Regular pool admission applies.

Swimming Lessons
Bring your child to the Kennedy Recreation Pool this summer for swim lessons! Our program has an outstanding 1 to 5 instructor to participant ratio. We have six different swim levels designed for children who have never swam before and children looking to improve on their current skills. On the first day of lessons, children will be tested and divided up into groups based on their current water skills. For more information call (314) 615-5572. Classes start on June 5. Cost is $35/child/session. For kids 3+.

All sessions offer the following time options: 10:55 - 11:30 a.m., 11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., 4:30 - 5:05 p.m. or 5:10 - 5:45 p.m.

Session I: June 5 - June 8: Monday - Thursday

Session II: June 12 - June 15: Monday - Thursday

Session III: June 19 - June 22: Monday - Thursday

Session IV: June 26 - June 29: Monday - Thursday

Session V: July 3 - July 6*: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (no class on 7/4. Cost is $30)

Session VI: July 10 - July 13: Monday - Thursday

Session VII: July 17 - July 20: Monday - Thursday

Session VIII: July 24 - July 27: Monday - Thursday


In Memory of Wayne Coburn Kennedy (November 18, 1923-March 5, 2017)

We at the St. Louis County Parks and Recreation Department are saddened by the news that our visionary former director Wayne C. Kennedy passed away on March 5th after a brief illness. He was 93 years old.

Mr. Kennedy served as director of St. Louis County Parks from 1962 to 1991. In that time, he transformed the department from a fledgling system into a model for the nation. It was with Kennedy at the helm that St. Louis County acquired Greensfelder Park, which at 1758 acres, is larger than Forest Park. Over his tenure, he became legendary for his ability to attract generous donations. These included, among others, from Howard Ohlendorf the St. Louis Carousel and land from Sidney Salamon for Suson Park, from Matilda Laumeier for Laumeier Park, and from Leicester Busch Faust and his wife Mary for Faust Park.

“Wayne was the department’s ‘out front’ spokesman,” said Albert Phillips, former St. Louis County Parks Assistant Director and long-time friend. “He was very good at meeting potential donors and interesting them in supporting the Parks system. Hundreds of acres of current parkland are the result of these encounters.”

Kennedy was a committed conservationist, and he fought hard to preserve natural environments and create public recreation space. Toward this mission, he led the fight, in the early 1960s, to reacquire the land that is now Lone Elk Park and West Tyson Park, when that land was deemed surplus by the United States government and faced the possibility of being developed. He succeeded in this effort against significant opposition from many, including the county executive.

“Wayne Kennedy was a visionary and a doer,” said Bob Hall, former St. Louis County Parks Department Director. “Any employee could propose an idea and Wayne would let them run with it. Innovation was his thing. He was a ‘re-creationist’ at heart and always preached that we ‘can’t have too much parkland’.”

Over his tenure, he worked to make sure that St. Louis County Parks provided something for everyone. He developed a system of large recreation complexes including facilities in the north, south, and west parts of St. Louis County. Kennedy also played a large role in developing the department’s focus on history and historic preservation. With the help of the St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission, created in 1957 as the state’s first (and now oldest) governmental preservation body, Kennedy spearheaded the creation of the department’s history programs including those at Jefferson Barracks, The General Daniel Bissell House, and Faust Park. More than that he worked to preserve historic structures in a number of other parks including the Greek Revival Jarville House in Queeny Park, the Nims Mansion in Bee Tree Park, and the 1820 Long Log Cabin.  Finally, he dramatically expanded and developed the amount of available park space in St. Louis County, growing the department’s holdings from just over 1600 acres to roughly 13,000. His leadership and vision have had a lasting effect on all of St. Louis County’s residents.

“Those of us who had the honor of working with Wayne truly realize the part he played in making the St. Louis County Park system one of the best in the region,” said Phillips. “We are all fortunate to benefit from his years of hard work and dedication to our wonderful parks system.”





View Park Events

Park Closings:

(as of 7/16/17 10:30 pm)

Creve Coeur back loop playground water feature is shut down for the season.

Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

Unger Park is open to the shelter parking lot, but the trail is closed beyond the riverside parking lot

Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

Cliff Cave Park will be closed from Jul 24- Aug 3 due to the installation of the new bridge over Cliff Cave Road.

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.

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