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Celebrate Wildwood: August 25 and 26, 2017 

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event is here and UNDERWAY. 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 and the schedule for the remainder of the event is provided below for your use!

Celebrate Wildwood Poster with Schedule

Celebrate Wildwood: Entertainment for Kids of All Ages

The 2017 Celebrate Wildwood Event is happening now. 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! Teddy McCready is performing now, until 9:30 p.m.  

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 is underway with the 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.

Farmers Market - Part of Celebrate Wildwood

*** This Saturday, August 26, 2017 ***

16860 Main Street - In Front of City Hall

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.

Social with the Mayor - August 31, 2017 @ 5:30 p.m.

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.

Interested in Serving the City
Volunteers Are Encouraged to Apply for its
 Boards or Commissions?


Architectural Review Board

The Architectural Review Board is to review, comment, and act upon design, function, and aesthetic issues and elements relative to all buildings and structures to be constructed in the Town Center and all other zoning district designations in the city, with the exception of single family dwellings outside the Town Center Area.  The Board consists of five voting members, with three alternates, and two liaisons – a Council Member and a Planning and Zoning Commissioner.   The Architectural Review Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., pending submittals for review and action by the deadline of Monday at 2 p.m., 10 days prior to the meeting date. 
 
Board of Adjustment
The Board of Adjustment hears requests for appeals to the Zoning Code, as well as interpretations of the code made by the Director of Planning and determines if a variance is warranted.  The Board consists of eight members - five regular members and three alternates.    The Board of Adjustment meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
 
Board of Administrative Review
The Board of Administrative Review serves as the final right of appeal, within the city, to any individual or entity dissatisfied with a decision rendered by the City Council or other City boards or commissions.  The Board’s membership is the same individuals which serve on the Board of Adjustment.  The Board of Administrative Review meets as needed. 
 
Board of Ethics
The Board of Ethics shall be empowered to receive complaints, either written or oral, and shall conduct inquiries as it deems appropriate to determine if there is cause to believe a violation has occurred pursuant to Chapter 125 of the City’s Code of Ethics.  The Board of Ethics consists of five full members and two alternate members. The Board of Ethics meets as needed. 
 
Board of Public Safety
The Board of Public Safety serves as the Traffic Commission of the City making recommendations on speed limits, parking restrictions, and other traffic related regulations.  The Board also considers additional signage which may benefit the City.  The Board consists of three citizen members, the City Marshal, a police liaison and a Council Member liaison.  The Board of Public Safety meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
 
Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission is charged with the duty of implementing and overseeing adherence to the goals and objectives of the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance.  The Commission consists of seven members, two alternate members, a Planning and Zoning Commission liaison, two Council Member liaisons, an Architectural Review Board liaison, and other citizen volunteers.  The Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
 
Planning and Zoning Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission considers requests for the rezoning, subdivision, and development of properties under the requirements of the City's Zoning Code and Subdivision and Development Regulations.  The Planning and Zoning Commission has two standing subcommittees. Subcommittees consist of a minimum of four members and the chair. The responsibility of these members are divided into two areas of interest: Site Plan and Master Plan / Ordinance Review subcommittees. The Site Plan Subcommittee generally meets before regularly scheduled meetings, as needed.  The Commission consists of ten members.  Eight of these members are citizen volunteers and the other two members are the Mayor and a Council Member liaison.  All ten members have voting authority.  The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
 
Rural Internet Access Committee
The primary purpose of this Committee is to achieve the following:

  • Identify the range of possible options available for service to the rural areas of the City of Wildwood.  This list will include all currently available and planned options, from traditional and non-traditional types of resources.

  • Study the options to determine the applicability in Wildwood, the practicality of its development, the key players in achieving its implementation, and other considerations causing these options to be considered favorably or not.

  • Further review the refined list of options and select one or two for consideration and ultimate implementation.  With the selection of a service type(s) for the rural areas of the City, the committee would then create strategies and timelines for implementation.

  • Present the list of strategies and timelines to the City Council for acceptance and use in addressing this defined service need.

This citizen Committee consists of three resident volunteers from the areas most impacted by the current status of internet service, as well as three City Council liaisons.  The Committee meets approximately once per month. 

Wildwood Celebration Commission
This Commission was established by an Ordinance adopted in 1997, and reaffirmed in 2008. The first members were appointed by the City Council on June 12, 2017.  The purpose of this Commission is to organize and conduct the Wildwood Celebration event each year, and manage its budget.  The Commission consists of eight members representing each of the City’s eight wards, as well as a Council Member liaison and staff liaison.  The Commission currently meets monthly.   
 
Update Committee on Action Plan (Action Plan for Parks and Recreation)
The Update Committee on Action Plan is to serve as an advisory committee for approximately eight  to ten  months and focus on assuring the comments from the public engagement process are accurately reflected in the update of the Action Plan for Parks and Recreation 2007.  The Committee is to consist of eight individuals representative of each of the City’s eight wards, two Council Member liaisons and a Planning and Zoning Commission liaison.    
 
Each Board, Committee and Commission consists of citizen volunteers whose name has been brought to the City Council by the Mayor for appointment and then confirmed by the majority of the City Council.
 
TO APPLY TO SERVE ON A BOARD OR COMMISSION, PLEASE SUBMIT A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION ONLINE OR IN PERSON.
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION:  http://www.cityofwildwood.com/FormCenter/City-Clerk-3/Apply-to-Serve-on-Boards-and-Commissions-44

HARD COPY APPLICATION:  WILDWOOD CITY HALL, 16860 MAIN STREET, WILDWOOD, MO 63040

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Amanda Foster, City Clerk
636-458-0440 ext. 136
afoster@cityofwildwood.com

** Not all Boards and Commissions currently have vacancies**

RECREATIONAL EVENTS AND EXCITING ACTIVITIES >>>

Another Upcoming Wildwood Pop Up Event

They're Fast and Fun!

The last Pop Up Event in August is National Trail Mix Day, which is August 31, 2017. How can you not be excited about trails, trail mix, and Wildwood? Its an awesome threesome! 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.

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 getting into the new school year routine, 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.

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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.

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

Financial Peace University - Fellowship of Wildwood

Wednesdays, September 6, 2017 through November 1, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Learn how to pay off debt, save for the future, and create a helpful budget that works! Join us at Fellowship of Wildwood (17770 Mueller Road, Wildwood, Missouri 63038). Childcare and scholarships are available. 
REGISTER HERE - (https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1045483)

Divorce Care - Fellowship of Wildwood

Wednesdays, September 6, 2017 through November 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Join us at Fellowship of Wildwood (17770 Mueller Road Wildwood, Missouri 63038). The cost is $15.00.

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

Homework Helpers FREE Tutoring
Available at Living Word Church

Homework Helpers begins September 11, 2017, at Living Word Church, in Wildwood! Every Monday, FREE drop-in tutoring is available for kids, 1st through 12th grade, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Living Word Church, 17315 Manchester Road. All students are welcome. Contact Stephanie Nesler, at lwhomeworkhelpers@gmail.com, for more information.


93rd Annual Chicken Supper - Bethel United Methodist Church - 9-19-2017
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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