Since 1964, Suson Park has been providing the South County community with outdoor fun at its finest. The park was purchased from Sidney Salomon, Jr. in 1962 and included most of the present buildings and lakes. Salomon was well-known in St. Louis at the time as the owner of Sportsmen’s park and also later acquired the Arena and became the first owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team. The park’s name comes from a combination of his children’s names, Susan and Sonny.
Included in the park’s more than 97 acres are reservable picnic shelters, picnic sites, a playground, fishing attractions and restrooms. Probably the park’s most notable feature is the working animal farm which showcases most breeds of farm animals giving visitors the opportunity to experience farm life first-hand.
Two of Suson’s most popular attractions, fishing and the animal farm, were available when the park opened but have been drastically improved over the past few years due to bond issues and donations. The large state-of-the-art playground replaced the old one in 2008 and a new dock was added by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2010.
Suson Park hosts various family-friendly events throughout the year including Farm Fridays, youth fishing lessons, scouting badge programs, live music and is a perfect venue for a birthday party or family reunion. For pictures, more information or to reserve a shelter at Suson Park, visit us at www.stlouisco.com/parks or call (314) 615-4FUN.
Just across the street from Suson Park is St. Louis County’s Kennedy Recreation Complex, which was designed by R.W. Booker & Associates and opened in May of 1976. This 43,597 facility includes an ice rink, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, playground, picnic sites and a meeting room for programs and special events. Originally named South County Park, the name was changed on January 24, 1993 to honor Wayne C. Kennedy who had served as director of the Department of Parks and Recreation from 1962 until his retirement in 1991.
Also included on the property is Quail Creek Golf Course, one of the most difficult public course in the St. Louis area with a slope rating of 141 and Wayne C. Kennedy Park, which is included in the Meramec River Greenway.