Bella Fontaine Park

9565 Bellefontaine Road


Park Hours
8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset

General Information / History
The park was originally dedicated in 1960 as “Lander Lane Park”. It was renamed in 1962 as “Bella Fontaine”, an inadvertent misspelling of French words, “belle fontaine,” meaning “Beautiful Spring”. 

Located directly west of the main area about 0.7 of a mile is the Bellafontaine West site. This site was acquired in 1975 with funds from the 1969 Bond Issue and the federal Land & Water Conservation Fund. It was partially developed in 1979. The final development was completed in 1981 with the addition of 4 softball fields and parking for 50 cars. It is connected to the main area by Maple Tree Trail that crosses Maline Creek by bridge and Highway 367 at an unguarded crossing.

The 1986 Bond Issue provided $850,000 for the development of the Fountain Lake Softball Center, a high-quality softball complex designed with 6 fields, 4 of which are lighted for night-time play. This facility was dedicated August 24, 1990 and was opened during the 1991 softball season.

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Features & Amenities
 + 2 Playgrounds
 + Trails
 + Tennis Courts
 + Fishing at Fountain Lake
 + Basketball
 + Horseshoe Pits
 + Volleyball
 + Hopscotch
 + Athletic Fields
 + Fountain Lake Softball Center
 + Reservable Shelters
Bella Fontaine Shelter
Whistler Shelter

Kingsbury Shelter

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Park Postings:

(as of 10/11/17 10:35 a.m.)

Beginning 10/16, entry to the Scenic Circle at Jefferson Barracks Park will be closed due to construction on the Cannon Gates. Work will last approximately one week

 The restrooms at Lemay Park are closed for repair. Port-a-potties are in place. Shelter reservations are still available

Riverside trail at Simpson is open, however there is a 50 ft. section at the eastern most end that had to be re-routed and the footing is sand and dirt. Also, users should be cautious of sand smears across trail after rain events.

Unger Park is open to the shelter parking lot, but the trail is closed beyond the riverside parking lot

Sherman Beach and Al Foster trails are passable but have areas with sand and debris on them

* The Bottomland Trail along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed. Plans are being developed to relocate the trail away from Gravois Creek.

* The east side of Cliff Cave Road including the field, River Bluff trail and Spring Valley trail are closed at Cliff Cave Park for Construction.