Located at the western entrance of St. Charles along State Highway 14, City Park is one of the welcoming landmarks of St. Charles. The St. Charles City Park consists of 31 acres and is both the City’s largest park and the City’s most utilized in the St. Charles Park system due to its accessible location on Hwy 14 at 719 West 6th Street. For that reason is the most developed in terms of playground equipment, recreational functionality, and bathroom facilities. It features three pavilions that can be rented for small gatherings and parties, four sand volleyball courts, an open green space that it is utilized for various activities including soccer, kickball, frisbee toss, or a game of catch football. Two sets of children’s playground equipment as well as a climbing wall can offer different challenges for children of all ages. It also features two regulation sized softball fields that are utilized by the local school district with the South Branch of the Whitewater River serving as the backdrop. Bike/walking trails meander along the banks of the Whitewater River and help to connect to the City’s larger trail system that also connects to the adjacent space, known as Kaehler’s Field, that features a practice football and baseball field as well as a small skate park. Ample parking is available.
Kieffer Park is located at the south end of Old Valley Road on the west side of St. Charles south of West 12th Street. The park was made possible by local resident Paul Kieffer, former owner of Sherwood Mobile Home Park, who donated 14 acres of land adjacent to the mobile home park for use as a city park. He also donated the funds that were used toward the purchase of new playground equipment and a pavilion. The future plan for the park is to provide a space for soccer enthusiasts with its wide open space.