Preservation Group Worried About Future of Simpson Park

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The St. Louis County Council could get an earful this week about a plan to possibly sell one of the county’s parks to another municipality.

It’s Simpson Park, a 200-acre park with a lake off Marshall Road along Meramec River, next to the town of Valley Park.

Valley Park reportedly wants to buy Simpson park, if the county wants to sell it.

Ron Coleman, the Executive Director of the Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region, hopes the County Council would reject the idea.

“These parks were either funded, donated or acquired with the intent of keeping them in perpetuity,” Coleman said.

This issue could come up Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, as the county council ponders its parks department budget for the coming year.

Copyright KMOX

  • Denise Bertacchi

    This story is getting twisted.
    1) the soccer fields are located in a totally different park, across the street. The city is working on installing 6 synthetic fields in the NEW Meramec Levee Recreation Park. They are offering the school system use of the fields.

    2) Valley Park was only sending a LETTER showing interest in the parks. They are worried that Simpson Park would be threatened with closure again, should the county decide it doesn’t have room in it’s budget. They want the county to know that they would be interested in maintaining the park if the county can’t.

    • A. J. Levinson

      I agree. As one of the Valley Park Aldermen who discussed this last Monday, our intent was simply to express interest in the event that this park would be slated for closure in order to keep the park open. We are not actively seeking to purchase this park. The Sports Park is being considered for our Meramec Levee Recreation Park, which sits across Vance Road (and down about a quarter mile or so) from Simpson Park.

      • A. J. Levinson

        *CORRECTION… these 2 parks are located off of Marshall Road, not Vance Road.

  • William John

    If Ron Coleman is worried about this, take notice because he has been
    a steady force for parks and greenspace all across Missouri for decades . The Open Space Council which he is the Chairman of, has helped preserve thousands of acres of land. Since when are our parks for sale? Noone is
    making more land; we are the stewards of these parks for our children’s children.

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