Friday, April 1, 2011

West County is getting a dog park...

Though a somewhat controversial project, as it means demolishing a century old farmhouse and numerous historic out buildings, the proposed dog park at the corner of Baxter and Old Baxter in Chesterfield (just west of Baxter and Clarkson) is now a reality... Per the City of Chesterfield: they purchased this 18 acre historic farm from the Eberwein family several years ago for the purpose of developing a community park. The Eberwein family used this land as a working farm and their residence up until the time of purchase by the City.

Slated to open this summer, the park will be named after the Eberwein family who first settled in Chesterfield over 100 years ago. Amenities for the park site include a trail system, educational rain gardens, an open field for dog play, and restrooms.

The two acre dog park will have separate areas for small dog and all dog play along with a pavilion to provide shelter and an area to rest while watching the dogs at play.

To preserve the history and original charm of the site, the Eberwein Park is being designed as a casual community park with a farm-like theme. To accomplish this, the existing large red barn, originally constructed in the early 1900s, will be preserved and historically restored.

Though it is always heartbreaking to bid farewell to a historic home, this new area amenity is certain to become a community epicenter. Click HERE for more information about other dog parks in the St. Louis area.