Friday, July 20, 2012
Park employees sprayed copper sulfate on the lake, which is normally a safe algae deterrent. Hundreds of bullfrog tadpoles were dead the next morning.
Thomas McCarthy, Chesterfield’s Parks and Recreation Director, told Patch that his work crews had sprayed copper sulfate on the lake at Central Park to control algae. “Traditionally, it does not create a kill,” he said. Copper sulfate is a chemical widely used as a herbicide, fungicide and pesticide. Read Belly Up: Hundreds of Dead Frogs at Chesterfield Lake McCarthy said the lake is at least two feet lower than normal due to the drought. He’s concerned that lower water levels and extreme heat may be a factor in stressing the wildlife population in and around the lake. “I’m glad that people are concerned. It may sound corny, but we’re stewards of the parkland and the wildlife,” he said. McCarthy said he immediately visited the lake after …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Park employees sprayed the lake at Central Park for algae, now the lake is littered with dead frogs.
Chesterfield resident Terri Garbo likes to take a stroll each morning through a local park. On Tuesday she walked the path around Central Park’s seven acre lake. It’s a well-maintained park with bridges, a gazebo and a pristine concrete path. So, she didn’t think too much when she saw a maintenance crew in a boat that morning, spraying the pond scum around the shore line. Her opinion changed on Wednesday morning when she walked around the lake again. This time she found the shore littered with hundreds of dead frogs. “It bothers me. I enjoy the wildlife,” she told Patch. She was concerned that the city had killed the frogs and wondered if any of the other animals and birds were now in danger. Patch checked out the lake later than morning …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The trail is usable now, but will officially open this weekend.
The first phase of the Riparian Trail officially opens Saturday. The trail is about a half-mile long currently and can be accessed from Lydia Hill Drive. Trail users can park in the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center parking lot. Eventually the trail will be close to two miles long and connect to the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Although they missed the shadow, event attendees were able to tour the sculptor's studio.
Rain prevented attendees from seeing the sun's shadow on the sculpture of 10-year-old Maura Donnelly in Chesterfield Central Park. Every year at 10 a.m. on June 26, the shadow of the running girl perfectly aligns with the base of the statue. The sculpture was created by artist Don Wiegand in 1988. It was installed in the park on June 26, 1999. The group was invited to tour Wiegan's studio and museum in Chesterfield Valley after learning more about the sculpture. Correction: This article has been updated to correctly identify Barb Haney in the photographs. This article was last updated at 10:30 a.m. on June 28.
Friday, June 3, 2011
There will be two free concerts a month through August.
The city's newest concert venue is going to good use this summer. Six bands will perform free concerts at Chesterfield Amphitheater on Saturdays through August. The bands perform a variety of music, so there's something for everyone this summer. The band Groovethang kicks off the concert series Saturday. Groovethang is a seven-piece band that plays a wide variety of popular songs and artists. Their website says they play songs from Steely Dan; Earth, Wind & Fire; The Doobie Brothers; Chicago; Al Green; and the Bee Gees, but that's not all. On June 25, The Phins will take the stage. The Phins are a Jimmy Buffet-style band. The stage plays host to Griffin and the Gargoyles on July 16. Griffin and the Gargoyles were voted the Best St. Louis…
Monday, May 30, 2011
More than 60 acts took the stage on Saturday at the new amphitheater in Central Park for Talent Bash.
The new Central Park amphitheater was all about showmanship on Saturday, ranging from music to dance to comedy to magic for a new event called Talent Bash. Talent Bash organizer Frank Schmer said his group has been planning the event for nearly four months. “It was important to us that the event was live, local and inclusive, and there’s a lot of talent in the area,” Schmer said. “The amphitheatre is a great venue--how many kids get the chance to perform in a seven million dollar facility?” The six-hour show was divided into eight sets that represented a variety of ages and acts. A rotating panel of judges from KTRS, Chesterfield Arts and West News Magazine provided positive feedback for all the performers. Family, friends, coaches and …
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Several warm days encouraged flowers to bloom and Chesterfield residents to get out and about. Plus, the Lions Club hosted a hearing screening.
Despite the fact that cold weather settled back in on Thursday, but spring has arrived in Chesterfield. Trees and flowers are blooming, and people have been taking advantage of the warm weather to hit the parks and trails in town. Rain and snow is in the forecast over the next few days, so revisit the sunny start we had to the week by glancing through our snapshots of spring's arrival. We also headed to the St. Louis County Library, Sachs Branch for a hearing screening run by the Lions Club. Each Thursday, we feature snapshots of life in Chesterfield. We'll be at band concerts, story times, plays and other activities around town. If you know of somewhere we should be next week, let us know in the comments or e-mail editor Rachel Heaton …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Mindy Mohrman's work as the city's arborist takes her from freeways to forests.
This week, Patch introduces you to Mindy Mohrman, city arborist and urban forester for the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation department. You might wonder what a city arborist and urban forester does. It's all about trees. Trees in parks, right-of-way areas and public grounds. Trees that seem to grow out of sidewalks or embellish roadway medians and recreational areas. Any tree that grows on city property is Mindy Mohrman's responsibility. It's a tall order. Mohrman grew up in Algonquin, IL. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where she majored in natural resource management and studied urban forestry. Then, she worked for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the Missouri State Park system at Lake of the Ozarks, MO. In …
Monday, March 7, 2011
The trail at Central Park, plus the new amphitheater will be completed by the end of May. Upgrades to concessions are planned before little leaguers play ball at CVAC.
Two Chesterfield parks are getting a face-lift before summer starts. There are several construction projects slated for Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex that will be completed before little leaguers step on the mound and throw the season's first pitch. Plus, the trail at Central Park will be completed before the ampitheater's grand opening on May 21. At CVAC, the original parks maintenance will be refurbished to become the complex's concessions hub. Mike Giesel, the city's head of parks and recreation, said the building will be converted to a walk-in freezer and cooler and will also have storage space for softball supplies. The city has been managing concession sales at the complex for five or six years, Giesel said. Costs on this …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
In a brief meeting Wednesday, city council approved a zoning change that will allow an adult day care center to open in Chesterfield and several construction bids.
Plans for an adult day care center in Chesterfield can move ahead now that city council has approved a zoning change. The change, which was unanimously approved, allows day care facilities in the Four Seasons development at the corner of River Valley Drive and Olive Boulevard. Lutheran Adult Day Services plans to get a building permit to refurbish the interior of what used to be Denmark Travel and turn it into a day care service. Art Sommer, owner of Lutheran Adult Day Services, said he hopes to open the day care in April. He previously told Patch plans for the facility include installing a sports bar and an outdoor patio. The aim is for the center to feel more like a country club than a nursing home. City council also unanimously …