Parks COVID-19 Message

Status of St. Louis County Parks as of July 18, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. is the following:

Parks: Open

Trails: Open

Park Restrooms: Open

Campgrounds: Open

Sport Courts: Open

Playgrounds: Closed

Spraygrounds: Closed

Trail Exercise Stations: Closed

Drinking Fountains: Closed

Picnic Shelters and Sites: Open at reduced capacity. Online reservations are not available. Call us at (314) 615-4FUN to reserve.

Special Events: Allowed if DPH approves the event plan. Check with your event organizer.

Day Camps: check the updated Activity Guide

Programs: Started with modifications -- check the updated Activity Guide

Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex: Open

Recreation Centers: Open

Museums: Open

Pools: Open (Kennedy Recreation Complex pool is closed due to mechanical issues. Timeline for reopening is TBD).

As programs and facilities re-open, social distancing is still required and capacities are likely to be reduced per Department of Public Health Re-Opening Guidelines.

Faust Park

15185 Olive Boulevard
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Directions to the park

Park Hours

8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / History

Welcome to Faust Park, one of St. Louis County’s most unique parks. Several separate foundations and organizations work together to create and maintain that uniqueness. The park was created in 1968 through the generosity of Leicester & Mary Plant Faust who donated the property, which today contains nearly 200 acres in the heart of Chesterfield. It was their intention to forever preserve the original estate of Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates.

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Features & Amenities

Thornhill Grounds

Built ca. 1819 for Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates, Thornhill is the oldest standing governor’s home in Missouri and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate consists of a number of restored and recreated structures, including a detached kitchen and three barns.

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Historic Village

The Historic Village at Faust Park includes four homes and 14 additional structures representing a variety of building and architectural styles, from log to brick. All of which have originally stood at sites around St. Louis County and were moved to Faust Park and preserved by Faust Park staff. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1910, the Village provides a context in which the lifestyles of the settlers of St. Louis County and the skills they used to survive are illustrated.

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Reservable Covered Picnic Shelter

Faust Park has a reservable covered picnic shelter that holds up to 150 people. It is located close to parking, the playground and restroom and near the entrance to the Historic Village. The Butterfly House and St. Louis Carousel are close by. Cost is $150 per day.


Educational Programs & Activities

The history staff at Faust Park offers a variety of educational programs and guided tours for all ages and abilities. Our most popular program is the four-hour “Farmsteading at Thornhill”. Many students call this their favorite field trip despite the fact that they are performing physical chores expected of a 19th century child.

Fall registration begins on March 1 and spring registration begins on August 1; rates and descriptions are available on our website. For more information or to schedule field trips and tours, call 314 615-8336 or email [email protected].

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the individual historic areas are $4/person (minimum of 10 people), last one and a half hours and are available on weekdays by appointment only. Call 314 615-8336 or email [email protected].

Discover More!

Take a digital tour of the park – look for signs at the park with QR codes to scan with your phone and access information on sites within Faust.


At Faust Park you can find a variety of special events that are perfect for the entire family including open houses, Parks Food Truck Fest, Summer Concert Series, Halloween hayrides and Olden Days for Kids!

Visit our events calendar for a full listing of events!


St. Louis County Parks offers fair and equal employment, conditions of employment, and promotional opportunities for all persons without discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability/handicap condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans status, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.

View Park Events

Park Postings:

(As of 8/6/20 10:00 a.m.)

The Kennedy Recreation Complex Pool is closed due to mechanical issues.

The 5 mile loop at Cliff Cave is closed due to flooding. The 1 mile loop is still open.

The Bottomland Trail at Blake C Snyder Park is closed.