The master plan for the Dardenne Greenway follows Dardenne Creek across St. Charles County. When complete, it will connect the communities of Dardenne Prairie, O’Fallon, Cottleville, and St. Peters as well as portions of unincorporated St. Charles County.
Dardenne Greenway: BaratHaven loops three miles (paved) through residential areas within the BaratHaven community in St. Charles County and is part of the surrounding 80-acre BaratHaven Park. Part of the greenway winds around a 15-acre lake and features wetlands that have been created to enrich the habitat of native animals and plants. Immediately to the east, the greenway continues into Bluebird Meadow Park, with a restored wetland and prairie landscape. Seeding of 35 acres of Bluebird Meadow began in May 2017 with a simple native grass mix as the first step in restoring a native landscape in accordance with the master plan for the park. A diverse mix of wildflowers was seeded in the winter of 2017/2018. To learn more about this project, click here.
Dardenne Greenway: Legacy Park to Dardenne Park stretches five miles from Cottleville’s Legacy and Vantage Parks near Cottleville City Hall to St. Charles Community College, and then further to Woodlands Sports Park and Jack Gettemeyer Park at Rabbit Run where it connects to Dardenne Park in St. Peters. Along the way you can enjoy woodlands, wetlands, swamps and temperate prairies.
Several projects between BaratHaven and Lakeside Park are ongoing. The construction of a 1.1 mile greenway segment along Highway N west of Weiss Road in Cottleville is underway. This project is leveraging outside resources to design and build this portion of greenway in partnership with the City of Cottleville’s reconstruction of the highway. St. Charles County has recently approved the Birdie Hills Extension project which may allow a Dardenne Greenway connection between Weiss Road and Legacy Park. Stay tuned for further updates!