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Wildwood closes trailhead parking lots to prevent overcrowding

Al Foster Trail

Following an announcement from St. Louis County that all parks would close through April 22 to prevent overcrowding, Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin sent an email to members of the Wildwood City Council and other city staff members on April 3 stating that the parking lots of multiple multiple trailheads within the city limits.

The decision came following a conversation Bowlin had with Police Captain James Mundel, City Administrator Sam Anselm, Planning & Parks Director Joe Vujnich and Superintendent of Parks & Recreation Gary Crews.

It was determined that, following the closure of locations like Greensfelder Park and Sherman Beach due to multiple observed instances of overcrowding [individuals standing within less than six feet of each other] multiple Wildwood-controlled locations would close their parking lots to public use.

These locations include:

  • The Al Foster Memorial Trailhead
  • Bluff View Park
  • Glencoe City Park
  • John L. LeCave Trailhead
  • Rock Hollow Trailhead Access

This action is being taken pursuant to Resolution 2020-11, which was passed by the city council on March 23. The approval of said resolution authorizes Bowlin to make decisions necessary to promote the safety of Wildwood residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lot closures will take effect as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 4. and will continue through April 22.

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