Sandwiched between Valley Park and Kirkwood, Simpson Park is a hidden gem of nature in the middle of suburbia. I didn’t even know it existed until my brother took me kayaking on Simpson Lake. Besides containing a large lake, this 206-acre park has two miles of asphalt trails, open fields for ball games, soccer field, playground and shelter. Prior to becoming a county park, the land was mined for sand and gravel by the Simpson Company. The 72-acre lake was formed by years of damming and dredging. Now it is home to crappie, catfish and largemouth bass.
Come experience Simpson Park after dark. During the Full Moon Paddle event, participants 7 and up can take advantage of the rare opportunity to boat on Simpson Lake when the sun goes down. A $25 fee includes canoe rental and a bonfire complete with all-you-can-eat hot dogs, beverages and marshmallows.