Public Works and Parks

The Public Works and Parks Department provides the physical facilities (infrastructure) and services that serves the public needs. The major infrastructure facilities and properties include 80 center-line miles of street, 110 miles of sidewalk, 160 vehicles, 408 city-owned street lights, 5,300 regulatory and street name signs, 19 parks, 129 boulevard strips, 16 play equipment areas, 14 ball diamonds, 12 soccer and football fields, one outdoor swimming pool, two ponds, one nine-hole golf course, a community center, a recreation facility, an indoor soccer field and approximately 35,000 City-owned trees.

Many of the services that touch our residents everyday lives are managed under the Public Works and Parks Department umbrella. The department has 60 full-time and part-time employees and about 10 contracted laborer positions to assist with seasonal operations. All services and programs are provided utilizing an operational budget of about $10 million.

Traditional city services such as snow and ice removal, street lighting, street maintenance, sanitation, recycling, construction management, engineering services, fleet maintenance, storm damage cleanup, public tree maintenance, City parks and Golf Course maintenance are provided under the auspices of the Public Works and Parks Department. In addition to these traditional services, the City operates one of the state's oldest running recycling programs.

The Department is organized into six divisions, including:

Administration & Engineering Street Maintenance Parks and Forestry
Golf Course Recreation & Maintenance Solid Waste Management Fleet

Administration & Engineering Division
The administrative & engineering office is located on the 3rd floor of City Hall at 6801 Delmar Boulevard. Sinan Alpaslan heads the department as Director of Public Works and Parks. This division is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and staff. Staff provides right-of-way management services associated with the planning, design, construction and control of public streets, sidewalks, and bridges within the City, administration of the recycling programs, the Sewer Lateral Repair Program, inspections of all public properties and general support of other City departments as related to these functions. The division is also responsible for all capital improvement programs. Please contact Sinan Alpaslan, Director and City Engineer 314-505-8560. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact 314-505-8560.

Solid Waste Division - Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste, and Leaf Collection
This division is responsible for the collection and disposal of refuse from all homes, public institutions and participating commercial properties within the City. The division also provides for the residential and business collection of recyclables. University City is one of only a few municipalities in the St. Louis metropolitan area to own and operate its own transfer station and a fleet of refuse and recycling vehicles. Dennis Luckett is the Solid Waste Superintendent. The operational services office is located at 1015 Pennsylvania Avenue. Normal operation hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 314-505-8575.

Street Maintenance Division
The division is responsible for the signing, marking and maintenance of all 96.6 miles of public city-controlled streets, and related facilities, including repairs, sign installation and maintenance, traffic control, street sweeping, leaf collection, snow/ice removal, maintenance of bridges and other structures, please contact John Gates, Interim Streets Superintendent at 314-505-8588 with questions.

Park and Forestry Maintenance Division
The division is responsible for the administration, maintenance and operation of City parks, street lighting, mulch delivery, and public trees. Including the care and maintenance of all trees on public property and for the enforcement of the City's ordinance governing hazardous trees on private property; which includes removal and replacement of dead and diseased trees, pruning, storm damage cleanup, regular watering of new trees and stump removal. Offices are located at 7000 Olive Blvd. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please contact Ewald Winker, Parks Operations Superintendent at 314-505-8618 with questions.

Golf Course Maintenance & Recreation Division
This division is responsible for both the golf shop operations and grounds maintenance of Ruth Park Golf Course. The nine-hole golf course along with a 25 station driving range serves the University City golfing public and is open to non-residents as well. Since 1931, it has had the reputation of being a challenging, well maintained and popular course. Doug Castellari, General Manager & PGA Professional operates a full-service pro-shop and snack bar. Golf Shop and Driving Range hours of operation vary seasonally. From March 1st through November 14th, facilities are open from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the snack bar closing at 7:00 p.m. From November 15th through February 28th, the Shop is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Driving Range is open from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. between March 1st and November 14th (weather permitting). November 15th through February 28th, the Driving Range hours are from 7:00 am until 6:00 p.m. Any questions can be addressed by contacting Mr. Castellari via phone at 314-727-4800.

Fleet Maintenance
This division is responsible for acquiring and maintaining vehicles and equipment necessary in the day-to-day operations of various City departments. The objective of this division is to most economically provide vehicles, equipment, maintenance and service for City operational needs. In March 2008, the city began utilizing biodiesel fuel in diesel powered units. The division has three (3) Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified master technicians. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Please contact, Tom Brushwood, Fleet Manager at 314-505-8559 with questions.

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U City Fleet Management Study Report
U City Fleet Utilization Presentation Slides
2010 U City Fleet Utilization and Fleet Replacement Memo
U City Fleet Utilization Report