The Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1986 and adopted the mission statement to be “an innovative leader in delivering quality parks and programs.” Over the last 30 plus years, the department has done just that.
Aquaport, the City’s municipal outdoor water park, opened in 1998 and has since become a regional attraction boasting multiple water slides, a lazy river, kids’ area and more. Upgrades including a renovated façade and a new water feature are slated to be unveiled summer 2020.
In 2017, the City realized a long-time goal, completing construction of the Maryland Heights Community Center. Home of the Parks and Recreation Department, the 92,000 square foot facility has a fitness center, gymnasium, indoor aquatic center, play center, senior lounge and rooms available to rent for parties, meetings and more. Memberships continue to grow and the center has quickly become the heart of the community.
The opening of the Centene Community Ice Center in Sept. 2019 has further solidified Maryland Heights as an innovative leader in the realm of parks and recreation. The ice center is the official practice facility for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues and other primary tenants include the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, St. Louis AAA Blues and Mercy Healthcare.