The Spaceship Has Landed: New Maryland Heights Community Center Opens

By on May 18, 2017

It’s not nearly as out-there as the new Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, CA, but the new Maryland Heights Community Center, designed by Cannon Design, projects some of the same double-take spaceship vibe as it nestles up against the busy stretch of I-270 between page and Dorsett. K&S Associates was the general contractor.

The new $30 million project will  be dedicated tomorrow, (May 20). The event will include an afternoon of festivities including a ribbon cutting, free food, music, entertainment, tours of the new 92,000 square foot Center, plus free gifts and celebration of National Kids to Parks Day.

The new structure replaces a ’70s-era, 42,000 sq. ft. building, which was originally built as a church. The sleek, new Community Center features an impressive array of activities, features and services to meet wide-ranging recreational, fitness and lifestyle interests of the Maryland Heights community, including:

  • 12,800 square foot double-court Gymnasium offering basketball, volleyball and pickle ball courts;
  • Aquatic Center including a leisure pool w/lap lanes, zip-line, current channel, drop-slide, climbing walls and kids area;
  • Fitness Center with three adjoining group exercise studios;
  • Indoor Walking/Jogging Track;
  • Preschool/Play Center areas;
  • Senior Lounge;
  • 4,750 square-foot special events rental space with catering kitchen  and seating for 400+ people;
  • Multiple program/activity/meeting rooms.

The new Center, located at 2300 McKelvey Road, houses the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation staff and programs. It supports many uses including swimming lessons, sports leagues, childcare, group exercise classes and rentable space for events such as weddings, lock-ins and birthday parties. Special membership packages are available for people living and/or working within Maryland Heights’ borders.

The activities schedule for the May 20 celebration includes:

1:00pm Ribbon Cutting/Dedication with community VIPs
1:30 – 4:00pm Music, food, entertainment, games and tours of the Center
3:00 – 6:15pm National Kids to Park Day visits with Mayor Mike Moeller to these four local parks for fun and giveaways:

3:00 – 3:30pm Dogport
3:45 – 4:15pm Eise Park
4:30 – 5:00pm Parkwood Park
5:15 – 5:45pm Vago Park
If inclement weather occurs, outdoor activities will take place inside the Community Center.

For more information, please contact Assistant to the City Administrator Gabby Macaluso at (314) 738-2204 or


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One Comment

  1. Steve

    05/19/2017 at 10:51 AM

    Dull, boring and corporate cubicle looking. But hey who am I. I’m sure the drones of corporate prarie dog town cubicle dwellers will feel right at home going from one soulless building to another.