O'Fallon recreation complex

Fitness and community: the O'Fallon Park Rec Complex

Nov 18, 2013
Corsander Thompson
Hilary Davidson | special to the Beason | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - It’s a few minutes after 11 a.m. on a Friday, but Will James’ 10 -11 a.m. cardio pump boot camp class hasn’t stopped dancing. Heedless of the clock, the group of 25 or so balance weights in their hands, stepping up and down in rhythm and listening to his instructions over a strong beat.

Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

It’s not everyday, or every decade to be more specific, that St. Louis City gets a new recreation center.  

But on Saturday, community members and city officials alike cut the ribbon for the O’Fallon Park Recreation Complex, only the second of its kind to be built in the city since 1971.  

“Today is a great event, especially for the north side community,” said Alderman Antonio French (21st Ward), who represents the ward were the facility was built. 

(Photo courtesy of Ald. Antonio French)

Mayor Francis Slay and the Aldermanic Black Caucus appear to have reached a deal on an operating contract for a new recreation complex in O'Fallon Park on the city's north side.

The deal still needs aldermanic approval and would take effect 90 days after the mayor's signature. That puts the earliest opening for the facility after the start of the new year - more than a year behind schedule.