The park was built with the support of many partners and sponsors. Great Rivers Greenway collaborated with nonprofit partner Beyond Housing to engage the community, gathering critical input to form the park’s design.
The Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County provided a $315,000 grant to assist with site preparation and construction. Great Rivers Greenway secured the property, invested in the design and site preparation and has served as project manager. NRPA worked with playground equipment and park amenity manufacturers from across the country to receive donated site furnishings such as playground and fitness equipment, bike racks, lighting, drinking fountains and much more.
Great Rivers Greenway has also worked closely with the City of Wellston and the St. Louis County Parks Department to develop a detailed maintenance plan for Trojan Park they will be implementing together.
As project partners, sponsors and community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new park, many parks and recreation professionals from across the nation were also in attendance as the 2016 NRPA Conference wrapped up in St. Louis. The festivities continued into the evening hours as current and former Wellston residents gathered in their new park for the annual Wellston homecoming celebration for a barbecue, fellowship, games, music, and dance performances.