Parks & Recreation Systems

Over 100 Acres of Parkland
Des Peres is also extremely proud of its parks and recreation systems, which feature six locations and over 100 acres of parkland.

The Crown Jewel: Des Peres Park

Des Peres Park, former home of the Lutheran Orphanage, is the crown jewel of the park system:
  • 40 plus acres of manicured lawn areas
  • A two acre lake
  • Picnic pavilion
  • One mile long walking/jogging track
  • Tennis courts
  • Athletic fields

Other Parks:

Community Center The Lodge

In August 2000, the City obtained overwhelming voter approval (75 percent) for issuance of general obligation bonds for construction of a Des Peres Community Center.

Located at 1050 Des Peres Road, The Lodge is a 74,000-square-foot community center featuring:
  • A gymnasium with elevated running track
  • A fitness center
  • Meeting rooms
  • An indoor wave pool
  • An outdoor aquatic center

The facility opened on November 22, 2003, and has been regionally and nationally recognized for its design and outstanding operations.

Become a Lodge Member today!

Be Out There Movement
Des Peres Parks and Recreation Department is proud to support the Children in Nature Challenge and the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement promoting the health benefits gained through outdoor play. We would like to help you get your Green Hour each day by providing the following information about the local parks and trails available through our greater community.

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