The Wildwood Parks Department plans to apply for a municipal parks grant of approximately $525,000 for improvements to Bluff View Park.
Located on Old State Road, east of State Route 109, the park is over 100 acres and is jointly operated by the city of Wildwood and St. Louis County Parks.
According to Wildwood, the property extends from Old State Road, south to the Meramec River and “provides one of the most spectacular views in the region of the Crescent Valley.”
Opened in 2015, Bluff View Park has approximately 14 miles of single-track, natural-surface trail that offers scenic views and challenging, sometimes strenuous climbs, for hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians. The Bluff Views Park trail provides access to the Rock Hollow Trail as well as miles of trail provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and eventually, access to Castlewood State Park.
In the past, the city had applied for the annual grant to pursue Community Park Phase 3, which is the planning and design process for the Town Center public space. However, this year, city staff decided to consider another location, Joe Vujnich, director of planning and parks, told the City Council at its July 27 meeting.
“Bluff View Park has exceeded all expectations regarding its use and popularity,” Vujnich said. “It has received a great amount of attendance lately, since hours for trail use were extended into the nighttime, and the scenic overlook on the southern end of the park is a great location to see the Meramec River and Crescent Valley.”
The intent of the grant application is to make the scenic overlook ADA accessible.
“If we can make it accessible, a greater number of people will be able to enjoy one of the best views in all of Wildwood,” Vujnich said.
The council approved a resolution to commit a $200,000 community match if the grant is approved.