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National Take Back Initiative

Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST)

Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street (63040) 

On October 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST), DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction and will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical drug abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment and business communities to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

Wildwood Route 66 5K Run/Walk/Fun Run

The 16th Annual Wildwood Route 66 5K Run/Walk/Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017. The start/finish of the event is at Wildwood Middle School, 17401 Manchester Road. There are many 5K runs to choose from at this time of the year, but, if you are tired of running on flat, less than challenging courses, the Wildwood Route 66 event is for you. This course is for those runners and walkers looking for a challenge and besting the "beast" of a hill coming out of Rockwoods Reservation. Challenges await ... Let's take them on.

There are refreshments before and after the run, shirts to all registered 5K runners, awards to the top three (3) overall male and female finishers and the top three (3) in each ten (10) year age group!! This year, the half mile Kids Fun Run will take place on Historic Route 66 also!! They will start and finish at the same places Mom and Dad did! All Kids Fun Run participants will get a medal, as they cross the finish line. Oh, don’t forget, the kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume during the fun run!  

The run starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. You can register at register.chronotrack.com/r/31844, or at the Big River Running Company website, or submit a paper application to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. Please remember, you must register by October 11, 2017, to be guaranteed a shirt size of your choice!! Your packet can be picked up at Wildwood City Hall on Friday, October 27, 2017, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or on race morning, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., at Wildwood Middle School (race site). There is race day registration, but remember, a shirt in your size cannot be guaranteed. Register at your first opportunity. We really want you to be part of the event! Questions?? Call Amanda or Gary at 636-458-0440.

“Wildwood 2020”

Mayor Bowlin has announced his vision plan for the City of Wildwood during the City Council Work Session held on Monday, October 9, 2017.  The plan was developed based on input from residents and other stakeholders, and calls for improving residential experience and a renewed focus on the City’s original plans, said Mayor Bowlin. 

“I’m very committed to things that benefit our residents and businesses, and there’s so much we can do to make Wildwood even better for them. My plan incorporates ways to make that happen with optimal cost efficiency,” said the Mayor. The plan includes several proposed projects that will benefit residents in all eight wards, along with implementation guidelines that include resident participation and input. 
 
For more information, please contact Ryan Thomas, City Administrator, at (636) 458-0440, or visit the following link - Cityofwildwood.com/708/Wildwood-2020.

Wildwood City Council
and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings
! Streaming Live !

In August, the City installed a video streaming system in the City Hall Council Chambers, which allows for certain meetings to be streamed live and/or viewed thereafter. Initially, City Council Meetings (2nd and 4th Mondays) and Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings (1st and 3rd Mondays) are being streamed live and recorded for playback. Please click the link below to visit the City's Livestream Page, where you can both link to live meetings, or view past recorded meetings: http://www.cityofwildwood.com/703/Livestream.

Come to the Coffee - They're Educational and Fun!
City Hall - Community Room - 16860 Main Street

Every First Thursday of the Month

Coffee With the Mayor - First Thursday of Each Month

CITY RECREATIONAL EVENTS/EXCITING ACTIVITIES >>>

CPR and AED Training - Sponsored by the City of Wildwood - October 25, 2017
Pop Up Events by the City of Wildwood, Missouri
MU Extension Service - Home Renovations Done Right! November 7, 2017 at Wildwood City Hall

Next Early Childhood Recreation Program (ECRP)
November 15 and 16, 2017

The next Early Childhood Recreation program is November 15 and 16, 2017 and will feature a great program - Mad Science (click on this link for more about these sessions - stlouis.madscience.org. Two (2) sessions will be held each day -- 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Registration is open! For more information, please contact Gary Crews at (636) 458-0440 or by e-mail via gary@cityofwildwood.com

Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run   

OK Readers - Pay Attention to this One!!

The 8th Annual Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for January 20, 2018. This popular run starts and finishes at LaSalle Springs Middle School and covers 13.1 miles of beautiful Wildwood trails! This run has become one of the top rated trail runs in the St. Louis Metro Area and has filled to capacity the last three years. The race cap has been raised this year to three fifty hundred (350) participants, but registration is already over one-half full, so don't delay ... sign-up now. You will not find a better trail running value than the Wildwood Frozen Feet Trail Run!! Organizers wanted to put on a quality trail running event that was challenging, fun, and affordable ….. and that has been accomplished. 

An unbelievable trail run, plenty of food and drink, finisher medals for everyone crossing the finish line, a wonderfully warm and comfortable hooded sweatshirt, and awards to the top three finishers in each of the five year age groups!! The run is doable by runners of any experience level, but will  present a subtle challenge to those wanting to be competitive! Runners will pass an aide station seven (7) times on the course, where water will be available, but if you want/require special needs, come self-contained! January 20, 2018 is a long way off, but registration is already open and large number of veteran Frozen Feet runners have immediately registered!! Needless to say, the event will likely fill long before 2018 even arrives!!!

So, if you are interested, register at your first opportunity. Registration can be done online at register.chronotrack.com/r/31871 or go to the Big River Running Company website. Paper applications are also available and can be mailed to Wildwood City Hall, 16860 Main Street, Wildwood, Missouri 63040. The Wildwood Frozen Feet Half Marathon Trail Run is a great event for those just breaking into trail running or doing their first half marathon. On the flip side, it is a fast, challenging course for the veteran trail runners wanting to be competitive. Put Frozen Feet on your calendar and register now! Questions? Call Gary at 636-458-0440.  

Pavilion Rentals!
Get 'Into' the Great Outdoors

The cooler temperatures of Autumn have arrived and the City's outdoor pavilions are a great gathering places for any event. Reserve yours now, as rentals are booking up!
 
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.


COMMUNITY AREA ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

Weekend Learning Series - Motorcycle Accident Safety - MU Extension

Historical Society Annual Bus Tour - 2017

The Wildwood Historical Society's 18th Annual Bus Tour will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The morning tour leaves at 9:00 a.m., while the afternoon tour leaves at 1:00 p.m., both departing from the Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) Meeting Hall, at 18750 Highway 100, Wildwood, Missouri 63039. Please note bus seating is limited, and reservations are first-come, first-serve. Reservations are $35.00 per person, with lunch included. The Wildwood Historical Society (WHS) will confirm your reservation by e-mail, after it is received. For more information, please click on the following link: www.wildwoodhistoricalsociety.org/events.html.

18th Annual Bus Tour by Wildwood Historical Society - November 11, 2017

Wildwood Family YMCA's Kids Night Out 

The Wildwood Family YMCA offers Kids Night Out events monthly throughout the school year. These events allow kids ages 5-12 to enjoy the YMCA and themed-based programming, while parents get the night out. Activities include swimming, games, sports, dinner, crafts, and friendship. Concessions are available for purchase. Kids should wear gym shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel. Families don’t need to be YMCA members to enjoy this program. A minimum of 10 kids must be registered by 6:00 p.m. the Friday before the event for the YMCA to host the event. Advance registration is appreciated.

Fall 2017 Wildwood YMCA Kids Night Out Events
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 6:30-10:00 p.m.

 
Register online at www.gwrymca.org/wildwood, in person at 2641 Highway 109, or by calling (636) 458-6636. For more information, please click on this link: https://www.gwrymca.org/news/kids-night-out/wildwood-family-ymca/2016/december or see the flyer below.

Wildwood Family YMCA's Kids Night Out! Starts on September 30, 2017
20th Annual MarketPlace Craft Fair - December 2, 2017 - Lafayette High School

Financial Peace University - Fellowship of Wildwood

Wednesdays, now 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, now 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. 
REGISTER HERE (https://secure.gobluefire.com/go/event.php?eid=fa6df151feca)

Ghana Boutique – November 4 and 5, 2017
Living Word Church

Ghana Boutique is coming to Living Word Church, 17315 Manchester Road, in Wildwood, on November 4 and 5, 2017. The Ghana Boutique is a craft fair and homemade market put on by the Living Word Kids and the adults that love them. 100% of the purchase price of all items goes directly to The Ghana Project. Keep up-to-date with our ongoing mission in Ghana by visiting helpghananow.com. November 4, 2017 - 9:00 am-1:00 pm | 8:00-9:00 am Early Bird Shopping $15 | November 5, 2017 - 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

Gentle Memories @ Living Work Church

Living Word Church, which is located at 17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood, will host a Service of Remembrance for all those who are dealing with the grief and loss of a loved one.  No matter how long it has been since your loved one has passed, grief can make the holidays a painful time. Please join us on November 19, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., for "Gentle Memories". For more information, please visit www.livingwordumc.org.


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS >>>

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. 

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.

Monarch Fire Protection District Fighting Cancer

Tommy Beauchamp, Bob Wilhelm, and Curt Martin, all employees of the Monarch Fire Protection District, which serves the northern one-third of the City of Wildwood, recently completed a fourteen (14) mile hike in six (6) hours by walking to each of Monarch’s five (5) firehouses to raise awareness about cancer. These firefighters hope to do this hike again next year, on the anniversary of their coworker and friend, Kenny Groennert, who passed away from cancer on October 19, 2011. 

Monarch Fire Protection District Firefighters

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. 

Shop Small

For the Future

Small Business Saturday is coming soon - November 25, 2017. This day is dedicated to the small business owners, who make communities like Wildwood better. These businesses help sustain the business districts of their communities, so, if you shop on this Saturday, think SMALL AND SHOP BIG. For more information on Small Business Saturday or the organizations located in west St. Louis County and Wildwood that promote local businesses, click on the following links: Small Business SaturdayWest County Chamber of Commerce; and Wildwood Business Association.

Our Sympathies to the Kelpe Family

The City of Wildwood would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the Kelpe Family on the passing of Lisa. The Kelpes have been strong supporters of Wildwood and participate in making this community the great place it is to live, work, and play. Our prayers are with the Kelpes at this difficult time.

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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