Young At Heart

Young at Heart


St. Louis County applied and was accepted into the World Health Organization's (WHO) and AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities in June 2013.

The St. Louis County Parks Department is a big part of this initiative and are aware of how important it is for all of our residents to stay active, healthy and engaged in our community. The Parks Department has always offered a variety of events, programs and classes for people of all ages, interests and background, but we are taking this opportunity to focus in on the seniors in our community.

Studies show that not only is it important for seniors to stay active for their physical well-being, but also for their mental well-being. The social connections that come with joining classes and participating in programs can be just as effective as exercise at improving mood and quality of life. This is just one reason the Parks Department is introduced our "Young at Heart" programming for seniors. Programming includes classes such as chair exercise, Pickleball and free indoor walking to help with physical activity. We are also offering educational classes such as learning to use an IPhone or IPad and social activities like playing Bridge and Mah Jongg.

We are aware of the importance of being an age-friendly community and are excited to offer these new programs for the Young at Heart! For more information on the classes and programs offered, check out the calendar of events below!

Exercise Classes


Chair Exercise  (Ages 50+)
This is an exercise program designed for those 50 and over which is centered on chair and includes stretching, muscle and strength building. Call 314-615-8822 for more information.
Days: Mondays/Wednesdays       
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Cost: $20 per person punch card (8 classes)
Location: Affton Community Center

Senior Cardio & Flex & Pilates
Great for men & women 50 and over. On Tuesdays, cardio and flex will be an aerobic movement class ending with a calming stretch. On Thursdays the Pilates class will include body strengthening and stretching. Bring a mat, towel, small weights and water to each class.
Wear comfortable clothing and supportive workout shoes. Held in our gym. Call (314) 615-8822 for more information.
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 9:15 - 10 am
Cost: $5 per class 
Location: Affton Community Center gym

Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba for active older adults and beginners that recreates the original moves you love at a lower intensity. The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Dress
comfortable for flexibility with sport shoes.

Location: Affton Community Center                    
Days/Times: Tuesdays (11-11:45 a.m.) / Fridays (9:30 - 10:15 a.m.)
Cost: $5/class
To register, call (314) 615-8822

Location: Pavilion at Lemay
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.
Cost: Call for pricing
To register, call (314) 615-8877

Senior Strength
This signature class is designed to improve range of motion, flexibility, cardio conditioning as well as muscular and core strength. Chairs, bands and light weights will be used. Call (314) 615-8877 for more information or to register.
Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Cost: Call for pricing
Location: Pavilion at Lemay

Senior Group Personal Training
Call (314) 615-8839 for more information
Days: Mondays & Thursdays
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $5/class
Location: North County Recreation Complex

Line Dancing for Older Adults: Beginner
Line dancing is a non-impact form of exercise with extra stretch movements. 

Location: Affton Community Center
Days: Tuesday
Time: 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.    
Cost: $49.50 per person 
Call St. Louis Community College-Meramec at (314) 984-7777 to register.

Location: Pavilion at Lemay
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $2/class
To register, call (314) 615-8877

Line Dancing for Older Adults: Intermediate
Beginning Exercise Line Dancing is a prerequisite for this class. Line dancing is a non-impact form of exercise with extra stretch movements. 

Location: Affton Community Center
Day: Friday
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $49.50 per person  
Call St. Louis Community College-Meramec at 314-984-7777 to register.

Location: Pavilion at Lemay
Day: Friday
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $2/class
To register, call (314) 615-8877

Slide Dancing Exercise
Line Dancing is a non-impact form of exercise. Come and learn the latest line dances each Friday night. No fee, this class is sponsored by Beyond Housing.
Days: Fridays      
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Cost: Free
Location: St. Vincent Community Center

Classes & Programs

Early Memory Loss Tours
Participants, along with a care partner, enjoy an interactive, themed tour. Tours are led by Laumeier Docents who have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis and can be tailored to fit all participants’ needs and abilities. Participants stand and walk up to 45 minutes; tour pathways are wheelchair- and walker-accessible (hats and sunglasses strongly recommended). Registration fee includes one care partner or support person with one participant.
For dates, visit www.laumeier.org


Staying Fit & Active

Pickleball is a great low-impact way to stay active and meet new friends. This game combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Open play is available at the Affton Community Center for $2/person/session. For days/times, visit the events calendar above.

We offer free indoor walking at the following facilities:
The Pavilion at Lemay (Monday - Friday: 9 - 10 a.m.)
North County Recreation Complex (Monday - Saturday: 8 - 10 a.m.)
Affton Community Center (Monday - Friday: 8 - 9 a.m.)
St. Vincent Community Center (Monday - Friday: 8- 9  a.m.)

**SilverSneakers is now available at all of these locations!

Fun With Friends

Beginning Bridge Instruction
Learn bidding, play, defense and etiquette used in play in this eight-week course. Call St. Louis Community College at Meramec for session dates or to register at (314) 984-7777. Cost is $54.50/person. Classes take place at the Affton Community Center.

Intermediate Bridge Instruction
The instructor will help you learn to play your hand more skillfully. You should have the basic skills of bridge for this course. Call St. Louis Community College at Meramec for session dates or to register at (314) 984-7777. Classes take place at the Affton Community Center. Cost is $14.50/person.

Bridge and Mah Jongg with Phyllis
Improve your skills or just keep your play on top. You may either play Bridge or Mah Jongg on both days. Call (314) 615-8822 for more information.
Wednesdays: 7 - 9 p.m.
Thursdays: 3 - 5 p.m.
Cost is $5/person/class

FREE Mah Jongg Classes
Learn to play this popular game. Register at the front desk. 
Day: Thursdays
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Pavilion at Lemay

Game Day for Seniors
Seniors can participate in a variety of board and card games while socializing in a relaxing environment. Participants may bring their own refreshments. For more information call (314) 615-8788.
Days: Mondays
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $2/person
Location: St. Vincent Community Center

Senior Cards Game Days
Call (314) 615-8839 for more information
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: North County Recreation Complex


Volunteer Opportunities
St. Louis County Parks relies heavily on our volunteers to keep our parks, trails and museums running and looking great. We are always in need of individuals, families or groups to help with trails, honeysuckle removal, serve as museum attendants and tour guides. If you are looking for a great way to meet new friends and give back to the community, join our team! For more information visit our Volunteer page or contact our volunteer coordinator at (314) 615-8VOL or SBell@stlouisco.com.

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(as of 11/02/17 10:55 a.m.)


  * The restrooms at Lemay Park are closed for repair. Port-a-potties are in place. Shelter reservations are still available.

*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

* 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.