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Last of the Season - 'Music on Main Concert Series'
and the 
"Back to School Party"
Tonight, August 11, 2017 - Starting @ 6:00 P.M.

The band, Spectrum, with its great music and songs, will be playing in Wildwood, as part of the City's Annual Back to School Party (please click on this link to learn more about the band - spectrumband.net. The Back to School Party and concert is tonight, Friday, August 11, 2017, with the activities starting at 6:00 p.m. - on Main Street - in front of City Hall, 16860 Main Street. The Back to School Party is a great night for the kids to party and play one last time before hitting the books for another year. This year’s activities include a variety of bounce houses, a real rock climbing wall, and the Bubble Bus! Along with these fun things, a children/young adults art display will be on view. Of course, there will be the usual complimentary hot dogs, kettle korn, snow cones, water, and soft drinks.
 
Bring a lawn chair, and enjoy Spectrum!! It's sure to be a great time for the whole family, with the music starting at 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.! Questions? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440, with any questions.

Calendar Contest 2018 – Voting is Now Open!

The annual calendar contest photos have been submitted and are now ready for your viewing and vote!  Select up to 14 different photos (14 photos = 12 months, 1 front cover, and 1 back cover) to be featured in the 2018 Wildwood CalendarThe popular vote will be combined, with the consideration of a panel of judges, to determine the winners. Please go to www.cityofwildwood.com/calendarcontest to vote, which ends on August 24, 2017. Please vote, we need your input. 

2017 Farmers Market in Wildwood

*** This Saturday, August 12, 2017 ***

New Location - In Front of City Hall - 16860 Main Street

The market is open every Saturday, through the fall, starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 12:30 p.m. Returning managers of the market, Rene’ and George Sackett, continue to promote a “producers only” type of facility, with an emphasis on locally-grown, produced, or made products being offered. The intent of this type of "producers only" market is to foster an atmosphere that provides its customers with items they can trust using in their homes and produce they can feel good about eating! 
 
As always, the Wildwood Farmers Market continues to be the location where you can obtain the freshest produce, baked goods, and other items of interest in west St. Louis County and many of the vendors from past years are here again. Along with those vendors who have served you, and many residents, for the past eight (8) years, new participants are here in 2017 as well. Along with the vendors, there are always refreshments, food, and music to round out the atmosphere and create a great and fun place to visit.
 
So, remember, to visit the Wildwood Farmers Market, every Saturday through the fall, with plenty of convenient parking right next to it. Come on out and meet the market managers and make it a morning in Wildwood. Please feel free to contact the market managers, Rene’ and George Sackett, at marketmaster@wildwoodfarmersmarket.org, with any questions or suggestions, and visit www.wildwoodfarmersmarket.org for updates throughout the season.

Upcoming Social with Mayor Bowlin - August 31, 2017

Join Mayor Bowlin on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the Community Room, at Wildwood City Hall for the inaugural Social with the Mayor. This event has been scheduled in place of the September 7, 2017 Coffee with the Mayor, and will instead provide an evening opportunity to meet and discuss issues with the Mayor. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. All are welcome and we hope you can attend.

City's 2nd Pedestrian Bridge over State Route 100
<<< Now Open >>>

We have all watched it be built and now it is open for use! The City's second pedestrian bridge over State Route 100 now provides another option for crossing this major roadway, while utilizing the trail system on both sides of it. A big thank you to KCI Construction Company for a job well done! Also, a special show of appreciation to Coach Stallis and the ladies cross-country team from Lafayette High School on their recent tweet from the bridge.
Thanks to Lafayette High School's Ladies Cross Country Team

RECREATIONAL EVENTS AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES >>>

Pop Up Events - August 15th to August 31st

Upcoming Wildwood Pop Up Events

They're Fast and Fun!

The next Pop Up Event is August 15, 2017. How can you not be excited about coming to City Hall and taking selfie next to your favorite municipal building in the whole world? Its awesome! More information will be posted closer to the event regarding time and venue.
 
Questions on all Pop Up Events can be directed to Kathy Arnett at kathy@cityofwildwood.com or via telephone at 636-458-0440.

Pop Up Event - ECLIPSE INFORMATION - As almost everyone knows, on August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse of the sun and Wildwood will see most of this unique, natural event. The City, like many other organizations and communities, is planning on an event at the time of the total eclipse. The event will be on held on parkland and surrounding public properties by the pedestrian bridge, near Village Plaza Center and Schnucks Wildwood Crossing. The bridge and surrounding area will offer unobstructed views, with the City providing approved and safe glasses for viewing (ISO 12312-2 safety standard). There will be snacks and drinks, too! For more information, visit the City's website over the next week or call the Department of Planning and Parks at (636) 458-0440. 

2017 Total Eclipse @ Babler State Park - August 21st

Total Eclipse Party at Living Word

Join the excitement on August 21, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for a Total Eclipse Viewing Party at Living Word Church in Wildwood (17315 Manchester Road). Free admission to our 10-acre fields for eclipse viewing – bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Eclipse viewing glasses free to the first 300 guests. Food Trucks will be available onsite for your convenience. Bravado’s Pizzaria Food Truck will be available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Cool Times Ice Cream Truck will be here from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Kona Ice Truck will also be here. Visit www.livingwordumc.org for more information.

Total Eclipse Party - Living Word Church - August 21, 2017
LaSalle Retreat Center's Eclipse Event on August 21, 2017


Celebrate Wildwood Poster with Schedule

Celebrate Wildwood: August 25 and 26, 2017 

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event will be here before we know it! This year, all of your favorite features of years past will take place in an action-packed two (2) days: Friday evening, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th! The location of the event has changed slightly this year due to construction in Town Center. The entire two-day event will take place on Main Street  - as a street festival!  Of course, look for your favorite parts of the event to be back – the Parade, Art Festival, concerts, Farmers Market, book authors, children’s activities, and an abundance of delicious food and drinks!  So come out and celebrate our City with us!  We hope to see you there!

Celebrate Wildwood: Entertainment for Kids of All Ages

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event will take place from August 25, 2017 through August 26, 2017 in Wildwood Town Center. For the detailed weekend schedule, please visit cityofwildwood.com/626/Celebrate-Wildwood-2017! There will be no shortage of entertainment for kids of all ages at the Celebrate Wildwood Event! Children’s activities will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with the bulk of activities scheduled between 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some of the major attractions include:

  • Face Painters
  • Balloon Artists
  • Juggling Jeff
  • Pony Rides
  • Local book authors
  • Climbing Wall in the Boy Scouts Area, along with a Lunchbox Derby, Sling Shot Challenge, BB Guns Challenge, Archery, Tomahawks Challenge, Sea Scouts, STEM  Activities, Squeeze Box, Slack Line, and Tepee.
  • Bounce Houses, featuring the new Full Throttle Water Slide - Check it out here: Full Throttle Water Slide in Action!

Celebrate Wildwood: Concerts, Food, and Refreshments

One of the major highlights of the Celebrate Wildwood Event is all of the musical entertainment. There are several acts throughout the weekend and there will be something for everyone!  The first performance of the weekend will be Teddy McCready, on Friday, August 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please take note that the stage will be located by Eastgate Avenue, across Main Street from the Walgreens.  

On Saturday, August 26th, the Back Street Cruisers will be jamming from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the stage. On Saturday evening, the Midnight Piano Band will be performing, starting at 6:45 p.m., followed by a great fireworks display, which is sponsored by Meridian Waste Services! 

Keep in mind that the Food Court and Wine/Beer Garden will be open with a wide variety of delicious food and refreshments available during all of these performances! You can find the Food Court and Wine/Beer Garden next to Main Street, just east of the B&B Theater, all weekend. Some of the items that will be available for your enjoyment include: hand-shaken lemonade, kettle korn, chicken wings, BBQ, soft pretzels, cinnamon roasted pecans and almonds, fish sandwiches, kabobs, Nothing Bundt Cakes, pork rinds, soft drinks, wine, beer and more!  There are also special events on Friday night for wine lovers and craft beer enthusiasts. So bring a lawn chair and come join us!  We’ll see you there!

For more information about Celebrate Wildwood, visit cityofwildwood.com/626/Celebrate-Wildwood-2017!


Celebrate Wildwood: Art Festival

The 2017 Art Festival will be a major attraction of the Celebrate Wildwood Weekend Event, boasting 40+ artist booths of beautiful, one-of-a-kind art! Everything from paintings and photography, to jewelry and ceramics, will be available for your viewing pleasure and purchase! The 2017 Art Festival will start with a Pre-Sale Event from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., along with a wine and food tasting hosted by Table Three Restaurant (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and craft beer sampling by Milk and Honey, on Friday, August 25, 2017. The Art Festival continues from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 262017. The Art Festival will be held on Main Street, between Eastgate Lane and Fountain Place, by the B&B Theater.

Celebrate Wildwood: Seventy-Six Trombones
Led the Big Parade
 - Still Time to Enter

This year’s Celebrate Wildwood Parade may not have 76 trombones, but it will have the Lafayette High School Marching Band and other great participants. Want to be a part of this event? There is still availability to enter the parade. This year's parade theme is "Wildwood Outdoors ... Take a Hike." Here are some ideas for parade entries…

  • Clubs and organizations
  • Neighborhoods – create a friendly rivalry between friends in other neighborhoods. Bragging rights and prizes are on the line!

  • Sports teams

  • Individuals/families – do some type of anniversary theme, since this year is the City’s 22nd Anniversary

Prefer to be a spectator?  Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 26th, at 9:00 a.m., along Manchester Road and Taylor Road. More details can be found at the following link: cityofwildwood.com/parade/.

Need Service Hours or Do You Like to Volunteer?

The Celebrate Wildwood 22nd Anniversary Event is less than a month away and volunteers are needed to help with the Art Festival, kids' area, and other venues. If you would like more information, please contact Travis Newberry at travis@cityofwildwood.com or complete the on-line volunteer registration form, which is located on the City's website - cityofwildwood.com/volunteer/. All volunteers will receive a free Celebrate Wildwood shirt, refreshments, and a lunch/dinner.

Early Childhood Recreation Program – Meet the Trains!

Registration is now open for the September Early Childhood Recreation Program! This program will be held on September 6, 2017, at the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad (located at 101 Grand Avenue, Wildwood, MO 63038). Pre-school age children, ages 2 through 5 years, along with their caregiver, will ride the mini-railroad and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the bluffs and Meramec River!  There will be a 10:00 AM session and 1:00 PM session available on September 6th.  Both sessions are the same.  A caregiver must remain with the child for the duration of the event. We look forward to seeing you there!  Go to www.cityofwildwood.com/programs to register! Please call Amanda or Gary at (636) 458-0440. with any questions.

Pavilion Rentals!
Get 'Into' the Great Outdoors

With Summer winding down and everyone gearing up for the start of school year, reserve your fall venue now! The City's outdoor pavilions are a great gathering place for any event. 
 
Anniversary Park and Old Pond School Park have great outdoor pavilions available for your families and friends to join you on your special celebrations. The pavilions at Anniversary Park and Old Pond School hold up to thirty (30) people. The parks have playground equipment and also provide picnic tables.

The City's new Community Park has a pavilion, with convenient restrooms a part of it, that seats over one hundred (100). Nearby is the all-inclusive playground and the great outdoors!
 
For more information, please contact Amanda or Gary at 636 458-0440 or via e-mail at amanda@cityofwildwood.com or gary@cityofwildwood.com. Additionally, pavilion reservations can be completed online at: www.cityofwildwood.com/pavilions.

WildWood Running Club

It is no secret that Wildwood, and its extensive network of trails, is one of the best places in the St. Louis Region for outdoor recreation.  One of the most popular activities in Wildwood is running. Whether you’re a recreational jogger or a serious ultra-marathoner, the Wildwood Running Club offers an opportunity to meet other Wildwood runners and participate in group runs, speed workouts, and local races.  For more information, please follow the Wildwood Running Club Page on Facebook, at the following link:  www.facebook.com/WildwoodRunningClub.

2017 SLBBA International Games return to Pond Athletic Association

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PARKS AND RECREATION ACTION PLAN (2007)

UPDATE PROCESS

The City of Wildwood adopted its Parks and Recreation Action Plan in 2007. This plan was created by a citizen committee and adopted by the Planning and Zoning Commission and thereafter endorsed by the City Council. The process to create this plan involved significant public input and analysis of the City’s original Parks and Recreation Plan, which had been adopted in 2001. The 2007 Action Plan was intended to identify a small number of attainable goals that had been larger ideas outlined in the 2001 plan. The 2007 Action Plan outlined four (4) goals, and a number of recommendations within each goal, as a way to achieve them within the next ten (10) years. Some of the smaller items had short-term deadlines, while others noted it would take years to achieve. These goals included:

  1. Programming – Partner with the other providers to create the greatest range of programming opportunities possible for residents, beginning with the Wildwood Family YMCA, the Pond Athletic Association, the Rockwood School District, and the St. Louis Community College.
  2. Facilities – Expand current commitments to development of all types of trail systems (pedestrian, bicycle, equestrian) in the City of Wildwood, which are intended to link all public park spaces and population centers together, along with implementing the recently adopted “Access and Mobility Plan.”
  3. Acquisition – Identify and prioritize locations for future park land acquisitions, with the first action to be the acquisition of a parcel of ground, of a size to accommodate a community park, within the central area of the City (proximity to
    State Route 100 and State Route 109 and environs).
  4. Funding – Implement the necessary steps to promote the presentation of a park sales tax to the voters of Wildwood, no later than the November 2008 General Election, for use in the development of parks facilities and recreation programs, to include staffing, maintenance, and other expenses.

Now with the Action Plan ten (10) years old, it is time to review and update this plan. As part of this update process, the Department of Planning and Parks has created a website specific to the City’s parks and recreation efforts. The three (3) main sections relate to Parks, Trails, and Events. Information is still being added to these areas, so check back often.  Additionally, the website contains a blog that we are hoping you’ll view and regularly respond to with comments. Department staff will be posting images and ideas relative to parks and recreation. These posts will also include questions and an opportunity for everyone to comment. We want to hear from you! The website can be found at: cityofwildwood.com/actionplanupdate.  Scroll down past the three (3) main sections to see, and participate, in the blogs. There are already a number of stories out there to get the conversation started.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9AM-12:45 PM CPR & AED Training

                                              
CPR-N-MORE

“Saving Lives One Class at a Time”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 
9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
CPR & AED Training Class


Location: Wildwood City Hall.16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri, 63040 

To register and make your payment, go to www.cpr-n-more.com/calendar.

Cost: $25.00 ($5.00 to add infant training. Those participants attending CPR for Adult, Child and Infant Training, the class will end at 12:45 p.m.; all others-class concludes at 12:00 p.m. (Noon).

All CPR courses are taught in accordance with the guidelines of the American Heart Association. 

Neighborhood Leadership Academy by UMSL Extension - September 5 through November 14, 2017

Blessing of the Animals

Living Word Church in Wildwood presents Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 11 am – 1 pm at Bluebird Park, Lion’s Pavilion in Ellisville! All pets and people who love pets are welcome.  For more information please visit www.livingwordumc.org.

Blessing the Animals - Living Word Church - September 9, 2017
Business Profile - Stonecrest of Wildwood

E-Newsletter – An Excellent Way To Be ‘In the Know’

The City of Wildwood would like to thank all of the subscribers to the e-newsletter for your interest in receiving it and hopes you find this weekly publication to be very informative and interesting.  It has been a major goal of the City to enhance citizen communications and input, and it hopes the e-newsletter has been an effective communication tool. However, the City is only reaching a small portion of the population and would like to reach many more of our citizens.  While not everyone wishes to receive yet another weekly e-mail, it is likely many citizens are unaware that the City’s weekly e-newsletter exists. Therefore, the City is asking for your assistance in sharing this opportunity to stay informed about Wildwood.  The following link will take you directly to the Subscription Section of the City Website: www.cityofwildwood.com/list.aspx. Through this link, you can subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter, as well as sign up for Traffic & Weather Alerts, News Flashes, and many other City notifications.
 
The City would also ask that you forward this notice to friends and family, or share through social media sites, and let’s see if we can grow our subscriber base and keep the citizens of our great community well-informed.

Park and Trail Memorial Program

The City of Wildwood is pleased to offer a Park and Trail Memorial Program intended for residents to honor and commemorate the memory of a loved one or close friend. The City is offering three (3) different options that can be placed in a number of different active or passive park/trail locations in the City. Please click on the link for more information: www.cityofwildwood.com/551/Park-and-Trail-Memorial-Program.

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS AND OPPORTUNITIES >>>


Save Gasoline by Shopping and Dining Locally

With so many options for shopping, dining, and personal needs, please think of Wildwood first. The City is home to a large number of businesses and professionals, who offer a range of products, dining, and services, which are the best in the region. Local owners are at these businesses and provide a personal touch to all they do and invest in Wildwood each and every day. For a listing of these businesses, please visit the City’s website at www.cityofwildwood.com and click on the drop-down menu for ‘Business Resources’ and then click on 'Business Directory.’ Information on Wildwood businesses is provided, including contact numbers and their respective specialties. Shop here and it's a win for all.


The Shoeman Water Project Shoe Drive Continues at

Wildwood City Hall

Thanks to everyone who has donated shoes, boots, and sandals to the Shoeman Water Project over the years.  Donation boxes are located at City Hall, 16860 Main Street, both on the 1st and 2nd Floor Foyers.  We appreciate everyone’s support of this worthwhile organization.  To learn more about the Shoeman Water Project, visit www.shoemanwater.org/.


American Flag Disposal

The City of Wildwood accepts retired American flags for dignified disposal.  Please bring worn flags to City Hall, 16860 Main Street, and leave them with the receptionist. All flags collected will be relinquished to the Boy Scouts of America for proper disposal. US Flags should never be placed in the trash. 

Editor's Note: Thanks to all our subscribers for your patronage of the e-newsletter. If there are topics or information the City can add to the e-newsletter, or is missing something at this time you would like to see, please let me know by e-mailing joe@cityofwildwood.com

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