St. Charles' new aquatic facilities made possible by sales tax increase

The Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility in St. Charles (Credit: St Charles Parks)

ST. CHARLES, Mo. ( – The support of a half-cent sales tax two years ago made the renovation of a St. Charles aquatic facility possible.

The renovation of the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility, along with the Blanchette Aquatic Facility, was possible after Proposition P passed in August 2016.

“We are grateful to the residents of the City of Saint Charles for supporting Proposition P, and we are so excited to share the results of that effort with the opening of our new aquatic facilities,” said Mayor Sally Faith.

A dedication celebration and official ribbon cutting for the new aquatic facilities is scheduled for Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility, located at 1875 Muegge Road.

“As we open the new facilities, we celebrate 81 years of aquatics in the City of Saint Charles,” said Maralee Britton, director of the City of Saint Charles Parks and Recreation Department. “These are premier facilities that we are sure residents and visitors to our City will enjoy for many years to come as we continue the aquatics tradition. We look forward to them opening on Memorial Day weekend.”

The sales tax approved in 2016 goes towards parks and stormwater projects. Over the 15-year-life of the tax, it is estimated to generate $21 million for the Parks & Recreation Department, with $18 million being set aside for the replacement of the Blanchette Aquatic Facility and the renovation of the Wapelhorst Aquatic Facility. The remaining $3 million was allocated towards ball field improvements, playground replacements and athletic field light upgrades.

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