Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Closure Announcement 3-2020

Parks usage and COVID – 19.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department are following all Executive Orders and CDC guidelines in the maintenance and operations of University City Parks. In doing so, the Heman Park Community Center, Centennial Commons Recreation Center, and Playgrounds are closed until further notice;

Pavilions and athletic field reservations have been cancelled and/or put on hold until further notice; and all programs, special events and activities have been until further notice. However, general areas of parks, trails, tennis courts, dog park and the Ruth Park Golf Course are still open to the public for general use as long as all park users follow the CDC’ guidance on personal hygiene, as well as observe all Federal, State, County and City protocols and mandates. Furthermore, it is strongly encouraged that all park users observe the following recommendations: 

  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people – wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not visit a park or trail if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times. Be especially careful to maintain a distance of the recommended six feet from other dogs or persons.
  • Warn other park users of your presence and as you pass on a trail or pathway to allow proper distance and step off trail to allow others to pass, keeping minimum distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Be prepared and use restrooms prior to visiting a park, so that you are not dependent on public restrooms, as these may be closed.
  • Bring water or drinks – public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers.
  • Be safe and again follow all CDC guidelines.

Darren Dunkle CPRP AFO

Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry

City of University City

6801 Delmar Boulevard

University City, MO 63130
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The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry  is responsible for the administration and operation of City parks, recreation programs and events, and maintaining over 30,000 trees that line the streets and parks of University City. During the school year, the Department also operates a public swimming program in the University City High School indoor swimming pool (Natatorium).

Scholarship Information

The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry has developed a limited scholarship program for University City residents who meet the qualifying income requirements. For more information, contact Centennial Commons, (314) 505-8617.

City Facilities

The major facilities and properties are:
  • 19 Parks of Approximately 255 Acres
  • Green Space of About 34 Acres
  • 15 Play Equipment Areas
  • 15 Ball Diamonds
  • 10 Soccer and Football Fields
  • 2 Ponds
  • Heman Park Swimming Pool
  • Heman Park Community Center
  • Centennial Commons Recreation Facility
  • Golf Course