St. Francois County Park Land Purchase

(Desloge) It has taken five years of planning and negotiations but St. Francois County will have its first county park.

District 2 County Commissioner Patrick Mullins says multiple state and federal agencies developed a plan that started with 37-acres.

Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher says the funding is part of the ASARCO Environmental Settlement Fund which is used to restore lead-tainted lands.

Owl Creek Park is part of an area called “Bone Hole” on the Big River west of Desloge.