A lot of the history of Valley Park involves rivers and railroads. The Meramec River has always been a magnet for St. Louisan summer outings and family cabins, and of course has contributed much to the growth of the area. And major railroads, including the Frisco, Missouri Pacific and Burlington Northern, have been serving and nurturing Valley Park for decades. One of the most charming buildings in town is actually associated with the Frisco Railroad: the former Frisco Hotel, now the Whittle Shortline Railroad toy store.
Parks are naturally a very important part of this community’s way of life. Vance Trails Park, Leonard Park, Brignole Park and Simpson County Park are all within the city limits, as is Meramec Landing, to which fisherman and boaters happily flock year around. The hiking and biking paths of the Ozark Greenway Trails also run through town along the river.
Valley Park features dozens of attractive neighborhoods—some almost rural in nature—excellent schools, the Valley Park Community Library, easy access to major Highways like Interstate 44, varied shopping areas and great restaurants. They say you’ll always run into a friend at Fritz’s Frozen Custard, the liveliest ice cream stand in the county.