Bella Fontaine Park

9565 Bellefontaine Road
Saint Louis, MO 63137

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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
 + Year-Round Restrooms (Shelter restrooms)
 + Reservable Shelters
Bella Fontaine Shelter
Whistler Shelter

Kingsbury Shelter

Maline Creek Greenway

The Great Rivers Greenway in partnership with St. Louis County Parks is funding and managing the construction of the Maline Creek Greenway through Bella Fontaine County Park. This $2.6 million trail and bridge replacement project includes new and refurbished ADA-accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three pedestrian bridges. A new trail underpass will also be constructed beneath Lewis & Clark Blvd. to link both sides of the park. 1.6 miles of trails to be improved or built under this project.

The vision of this portion of the Maline Creek Greenway will create a safe, seamless connection between both sides of the park and make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to transit on Lewis and Clark Blvd.

Additional improvements to Bella Fontaine County Park include a new raingarden and stream bank restoration along Maline Creek to better manage storm water and prevent erosion, as well as landscaping including more than 300 trees and shrubs.

Work is to start in March, 2018 and be completed in 2018.

Following is a web-link to the Great Rivers Greenway Web page for this project for more information.

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Park Postings:

(As of 5/22/19 11:00 a.m.)

The trail at Ft. Bellefontaine that runs parallel to Coldwater Creek is closed due to a washout. 

Lower Buder, Simpson, and Unger Parks are closed due to flooding.

There is water over spots of the loop trail at Creve Coeur Park.

The Sylvan Springs tennis courts are closed for repairs.

Portions of the Chubb Trail are under water due to flooding.

Lemay Park is closed due to flooding.

Sioux Passage boat ramp and campgrounds are closed due to flooding.

The 5 mile and 1/2 mile loop trails at Cliff Cave Park are closed due to flooding.

Widman Park is closed due to flooding.

George Winter Park is closed due to flooding.

Lower Meramec Trail is closed due to flooding.


The Grant's Spur along Grant's Trail was severely damaged during periods of heavy rain. For safety reasons, this short trail has been closed.

Ohlendorf Park restroom will out of service until further notice. Portable toilets and hand washing stations remain onsite for public use.