There is a lot going on in the news worldwide about Ferguson, MO. I happen to live nearby everything that is happening in its sister city, Florissant and I know it’s easy to think that our Ferg/Flor area (as it’s called) is horridly violent. Right now, 10 minutes up the street there are armed vehicles of police blocking a bridge from protesters, some of which are peaceful and others that are not, and it is easy to be afraid. I’ve been afraid these past few days and especially when it kept creeping closer to our neighborhood, but I’m getting tired of being jumpy every night at shadows.
Our favorite place to go all the time is Little Creek Nature Area. We first went when Tot had a field trip with his Early Edu class and then just started going in the mornings for hikes. This park is owned and operated by the Ferguson/Florissant School District and is an educational park for children. Since 1974 the teachers have aided this wonderful park in hands on learning from Pre-K through 12th grade and beyond.
What it doesn’t show in the video is that they now have a Discovery Nature Area by the cabin where kids can bang on drums, a xylophone, a rain box and more all made from nature and recycled goods! There is also a stage and much, much more. This park is so vital to our youth in the Ferg/Flor district.
Sunset Park in Florissant, MO is gorgeous. My husband and I were actually amazed that not more people would be out walking or riding the trails. They wrap around the side of the Missouri River and there are benches to sit and fish or rest. I love the rock walls with the greenery peaking through and how you can walk towards the bottom of the river or way up high and overlook across the bluff. There are 90 acres in Sunset Park, a pavilion for BBQ’s and the Sunset Nature Lodge.
The park also features tennis courts, hiking areas, pavilions, the only outside workout area I’ve seen at a park so far and of course the Splash Park!
If you want to pick up local goods and produce while listening to live music, you can attend the Ferguson Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Within walking distance from the market is a park with a lake you can fish in or feed the geese and ducks. A walking/hiking trail surrounds it along with a playground and the Splash at Wabash.
Speaking of Ferguson, there is also a great luncheon or ice-cream shop called the Whistle Stop. It is a remodeled old train depot which is incredibly in most of the original condition. You can sit outside and look down the tracks and reminisce about the older days. Plus, they have great ice-cream!
Florissant has a similar place called De.Lish Cheesecake Bakery & Cafe’. It was the home of the Narrow Gauge Railroad Train Station in the 1800s. They were even featured in FEAST magazine!
The Bellfontaine Cemetery is a must see (but not right now because West Florissant Ave is cut off). It’s absolutely stunning. 314 acres and houses the Lemp Family, the Wainwright Tomb (considered the Taj Mahal of St. Louis), the Tate Mausoleum, Westlake Memorial, the Busch Mausoleum and many more.
And let’s not forget BIGFOOT!! Kid’s can go stand next to the giant Bigfoot, sit in the tires or see the tractor trailers outside. Inside there are mini monster trucks the kids can sit in along with toys, shirts and much more. Tot loves this place. Sometimes they have events where Bigfoot comes out and crushes the cars!
Goodnight Ferg/Flor neighbors.