SOURCE: National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association

National Recreation and Park Association

October 03, 2016 10:15 ET

National Parks Build Community Initiative Unveils New St. Louis Area Park

Trojan Park Set to Open October 8

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Great Rivers Greenway, along with more than 25 local and national donors, are proud to announce the opening of Trojan Park, a new community park in Wellston, Mo., that was built as part of NRPA's Parks Build Community initiative. Located along the St. Vincent Greenway on a once vacant lot, the new park will be unveiled on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. during the NRPA Annual Conference in
St. Louis.

"We are thrilled to announce the unveiling of our seventh Parks Build Community project in the city of Wellston," said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA President and CEO. "While this project represents our commitment to building better communities and making sure everyone has access to the benefits of parks, the work wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our donors. We are thankful for their help in making Trojan Park a tremendous success."

"Our community really stepped up to make this park a reality," said Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway Executive Director and NRPA Board Chair. "From local firms donating services to incredible community engagement and ownership, everyone is excited to see this vibrant park in Wellston, part of the St. Vincent Greenway, come to life."

NRPA and Great Rivers Greenway worked closely with the city of Wellston on the development of Trojan Park. Valued at $2 million, the new park offers a variety of family-friendly amenities, including a state-of-the-art playground, basketball court, splash pad and picnic areas complete with shade structures. The entire community is invited to attend the park's unveiling, which will include a formal dedication ceremony with representatives from NRPA, Great Rivers Greenway, the city of Wellston and others. Information about the park unveiling is available here.

NRPA's Parks Build Community is a national initiative aimed at demonstrating the transformative value of parks on the health and vitality of communities across America. To learn more about the Parks Build Community initiative, visit this page and follow the hashtag #ParksBuildCommunity.

To learn more about Trojan Park and to see a complete list of donors, visit

To learn more about NRPA, visit

To learn more about Great Rivers Greenway, visit

About The National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

About Great Rivers Greenway
Great Rivers Greenway is a regional parks and trails district created by a vote of the people to connect St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization is making the St. Louis region an even better place to live by connecting our region with greenways to conserve natural resources, enhance our economy and improve our quality of life with more transportation and recreation options. For more information, visit

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