Three quiet, scenic parks are the backdrop for family outings, community events and a host of outdoor activities in the City of Town & Country.
Longview Farm Park
Located at 13525 Clayton Road (63141), the park was purchased March 30, 2000 and was dedicated September 22, 2002. The 30-acre park includes a beautiful, historical farmhouse with surrounding gardens, a stable with horses and pastures, a pavilion and modern restrooms, a modern children’s playground and tennis court, a pond with two decks and a fountain, bridges over stream beds meandering throughout the woodland forest, paved and mulched trails to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, birds and wildlife.
In October 2000 the City of Town & Country purchased a nine-acre tract on the east side of Cedar Valley Lane, just east of Interstate 270 and south of Clayton Road, to be developed into a neighborhood park. For years the Drace family used the gently rolling site, bordered by trees, as horse pastures and for their home.
The property contained a house, several outbuildings and a restored historical log cabin, called the Kropp Log Cabin. The house was later taken down. As with Longview Farm Park, a public planning forum on Drace Park was held in 2001 to gather ideas for the character and activities this park should contain. Most seemed to agree that the pastoral nature of the site should be preserved and wanted the Kropp Log Cabin to be featured. There was also interest in the possibility that a second log cabin, the Estill Log Cabin, was moved to the park and then restored, emphasizing the history of our City and region through the log cabins and natural plantings to recreate the look of the 19th century countryside, all of which was realized.
This is a park for all ages, with opportunities for quiet contemplation as well as places where people can come together to enjoy the park more actively. The park was officially dedicated in June 2003.
To protect the property north of Outer 40 Road, and approximately halfway between Mason and Conway Roads, from commercial development, the City of Town & Country originally acquired 32 acres, part of which is known today as Preservation Park. The name was dually entered by an adult and child into a contest that was used to name the park. The park was dedicated on April 11, 1999.
It was then that the City’s future slogan was first spoken: “Respect the Past, Honor the Present, Protect the Future.” Rustic mulched pathways through a rich forest, along active stream beds and open fields provide a safe and peaceful way to enjoy the park. Eventually 20 acres were sold to Christian Brothers College High School (CBC), a private school for young men that moved nearby. CBC constructed facilities available for use by the public, including athletic fields and eight tennis courts (four lighted).
Park facilities include a pavilion, a children’s playground, a sand volleyball court, restrooms, and wood chip trails through the woods to a picnic area beside a paved trail around the circumference of the athletic fields.
The length of the paved trail is 3,690-foot and for the wood chipped trails is 2,770 ft. More park information can be found at www.town-and-country.org.