ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- By the end of August, more than 3 million people have visited parks in St. Charles County during this coronavirus pandemic.
The 3 million mark surpasses the previous record high, 2.5 million, set in 2019.
“We have had very few issues with people not complying with our requests to social distance and they appreciate our extra efforts to ensure their safety," County Executive Steve Ehlmann said.
The county has nearly 4,000 acres of parkland that include three new parks added in 2018: Riverside Landing, The Park at New Melle Lakes and Veterans Tribute Park.
St. Charles County has continued to allow people to rent outdoor spaces in parks as well as indoor spaces once they fill out a special form that outlines the event plans.
"Our park programmers have designed or changed classes and events to accommodate social distancing and our park workers have done an excellent job of ensuring visitors social distance by monitoring and restricting the number of visitors to popular park areas," Ehlmann said. "I greatly appreciate their continued efforts to keep residents and visitors as safe as possible.”