ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) – Veterans are angry over a plan to put a water park near Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
The Lemay Family Aquatic Park was set to be built at the corner of the park at Broadway and Kingston but a geological survey showed massive sinkholes exist under where the swimming pools would have been built. Now, the park will be built on top of a hill near the athletic fields.
But that is too close to the cemetery in the eyes of Vietnam War veteran Mike LeBlanc.
“Well, the County owns the land so the County can do what they want but I am a St. Louis County resident and I take offense to using County land for other than what it was given to them by the federal government back in the 1950s,” he said.
A County spokesman said Thursday the Lemay Family Aquatic Center will be at least a mile-and-a-half from the cemetery. But LeBlanc said in 2025, the cemetery will run out of space and will probably need to expand into the park for more space.
“It gets too close to what we think is hallowed ground and what we want is green space between us and civilization when we bury our honored members,” LeBlanc said.