Parks COVID-19 Message
 

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of June 15, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. is the following:

Parks: Open

Trails: Open

Park Restrooms: Open

Campgrounds: Open

Sport Courts: Open

Playgrounds: Closed

Spraygrounds: Closed

Trail Exercise Stations: Closed

Drinking Fountains: Closed

Picnic Shelters and Sites: Open at reduced capacity. Online reservations are not available. Call us at (314) 615-4FUN to reserve.

Special Events: Canceled thru at least Sunday, June 28th

Day Camps: Started Monday, June 8th

Programs: Started with modifications -- check the updated Activity Guide

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Open

Recreation Centers: Open

Museums: Reopening Wednesday, June 17th

Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool: Closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD

North County Recreation Complex Aquatic Center: Opening June 20th

St. Vincent Community Center Aquatic Center: Opening June 27th

The Pavilion at Lemay Aquatic Center: Opening June 24th

As programs and facilities re-open, social distancing is still required and capacities are likely to be reduced per Department of Public Health Re-Opening Guidelines.


Park Hours
8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / History
The original tract of around 140 acres was given to the City of St. Louis in 1917 and 1918 by Gustavus A. Buder. Because the City never developed the property as required, G. A. Buder provided in his will that his executors reclaim it. He died in April 1954, and that December, G. A. Buder, Jr. was able to deed it to St. Louis County. 

The area is located on the south bank of the Meramec River across from Valley Park. Part of the original land was lost with the construction of Interstate 44, and the park was split into the upper area on the hill, now called Buder South, and lower area close to the river. In the early 1960's, the radio controlled model plane flying field and polo field were constructed.

Using funds from the 1969 Bond Issue, Buder South was developed (shelters, playground, tennis courts) and lower Buder facilities were upgraded. These new facilities were completed and dedicated in 1972.


In 1977 Bond Issue funds were used to purchase the property immediately adjacent to highway 141 and the Meramec River that is now used, in part, for an archery range. 

In the 1993 and 1994 floods, part of Larkin Williams Road was washed out and has never reopened. A trail is being developed to link Buder to Unger Park and the Fenton trail system.

Click here for more history on Buder Park


Features & Amenities
 + Playground
 + Trails
 + Archery
 + Model Airplane Field
 + Rocket Launch Pad and Rack
 + Reservable Shelter
 + Athletic Fields


 

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 7/10/20 11:30 a.m.)


The Twin Bridge Trail which provides access from Blake Snyder Park to Grant’s Trail will be closed for repairs July 13,14,15. 

The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues. A timeline for reopening is TBD.

Portions of the River Trail at Simpson Park are closed due to flooding.

The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.


The Sioux Passage boat ramp is closed indefinitely.