Staying true to our decades-long mission in the St. Louis region, The Open Space Council continues to assist local communities and nonprofits with expanding and enhancing their community’s green space. Just this past month, our organization granted $47,000 to the city of Sunset Hills to expand by 25% the city’s heavily used parkland near the Meramec River. Pictures from a recent visit to the property show the beautiful forests sitting along the banks of the Meramec River.
In recent years, the Open Space Council has contributed funds, staff time, and support to conserve the 15-acre Earthdance organic farm in Ferguson, as well as money to create the Shady Creek Nature Sanctuary in Webster Groves, and the Dee Koestering Quarry Park in Kirkwood. Prior to that, our efforts to obtain major funding enabled the creation of Castlewood State Park, Bee Tree County Park and the Forest 44 Conservation Area. All of these projects have supported our goals to conserve and preserve land & water resources in our region. Of course, we are best known for our 40 years of leadership as the organizers of Operation Clean Stream on the Meramec River.
Did you know that you can join our active and continuing commitment to fund local community efforts to acquire green space? We have a small staff and an active, contributing board of directors, but we need your generous donation to help budget-constrained communities in our midst gain more open space for animal habitat, recreational use for families and basic land preservation. Please consider contributing to our Founder’s Fund to help us ensure that we can continue to conserve environmentally important land in our community.
Join us in celebrating this exciting moment in OSC’s history. We look forward to organizing a trip to visit the park soon. Make sure you’re signed up to receive our newsletter to hear about any future volunteer opportunities and guided hikes