The City of Wellston chose the name Trojan Park for the new civic gem, in honor of the former Wellston High School mascot.
Each year the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), as part of their Parks Build Community initiative, conducts a complete park makeover within the city hosting their annual conference. In 2016, thousands of parks and recreation professionals converged on St. Louis for the industry’s largest event and a brand new park was unveiled in Wellston, a neighboring suburb of St. Louis. This was the first time that NRPA constructed a new park from scratch.
As part of the process of designing the final section of the St. Vincent Greenway, BatesForum along with Great Rivers Greenway and Beyond Housing, prepared a concept park design for the 1 acre parcel at the southwest corner of Etzel and Skinker in the city of Wellston. Throughout the year-long community engagement process for the St. Vincent Greenway, area residents relayed their desire for open space and program opportunities that bring the entire community together, improve overall health and fitness, and provide safe places for the children of Wellston to play. The new park offers excellent opportunities to address all of these aspirations and more.
Now that Trojan Park is completed, visitors can expect to find many of the features discussed during the community engagement process. The main community gathering space in the park is the splash plaza and shade pavilion near the main entrance of the park at the corner of Etzel and Skinker.
*Originally designed by Forum Studio