Parks & Recreation Department

The City of Owensville Parks & Recreation Department (OPRD) is committed to enrich the quality of life for our community by providing well maintained parks, facilities and a variety of recreational activities that promote health and wellness, leisure and fun.

The department proudly boasts five parks with more than 106 acres of ground, that includes a campground, water park and 9-hole public golf course. The Parks Commission consists of five (5) members appointed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. For more information about the park system, contact the department at 573-437-8231.

Department Staff

Name: Position: Phone: Email Address:
Angela Lairmore Director 573-437-8231
Terry Havelka Grounds & Maintenance Manager 573-437-3423
Scott Branson Laborer 573-437-3423 -
Bobbie Berger Golf Clubhouse Manager 573-437-8877
Rick Larson Golf Lead Greenskeeper 573-437-8877 -

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NOTICE: As of 10.30.2020, park system drinking fountains and restrooms have been witnerzied for the winter and will remain closed until after April 1, weather permitting. The restrooms in Memorial Park by Pavilion 4 are heated and will remain open, but locked nightly. Park users are encouraged to bring a water bottle and hand sanitizer when visiting the parks.

IMPORTANT: PARK AREAS AND FACILITIES ARE NOT BEING MONITORED FOR CONTAMINATION OF COVID-19. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. While using the parks, trails, campgound and golf course, it is imperative to continue to practice proper social distancing with a minimum of 6 feet from other persons at all times, share the trail and warn other trail users of presence and passing, bring own hand sanitizer and water, practice good hygiene and do not use parks, trails, campground or golf course if not feeling well or exhibiting symptoms.


Buschmann Park In The Fall_9.25.2020BUSCHMANN PARK - located at 402 South 4th Street, was originally named City Square Park but was re-named in 1980 after the generous and long-time residents George (pictured) and Emma Buschmann. In the 1900's, they donated the (now park) property for the future county courthouse. However, the courthouse was eventually built in Hermann when residents there donated the land and funds for the courthouse to be built. The generous couple also donated the land for Luster Park, the former library (now the EMA Facility) and former City Hall (now the Police Department). Mr. BuschmannA gazebo was constructed through volunteer community efforts and Gasconade County R-2 School - Building Trades Class. The planning committee consisted of Richard and Donna Rousset, Dr. Paul and Louise Baker, Bud and Janet Taylor, Rev. Jim and Doris Dace and Don and Mary Jo Lenauer. The gazebo was dedicated in 1982 in memory of Richard Rousset, Chamber of Commerce President during the construction.

The 2.25 acre park is surrounded by a residential area with bathrooms, basketball court, playground equipment, two (2) pavilions and gazebo that is frequently used for weddings & musical performances

Luster Park In The Fall_9.25.2020

LUSTER PARK - located at 111 South 2nd Street, was originally named The Railroad Park when created in the early 1900's when George and Emma Buschmann donated the land for the park. In 1988, the park was renamed in honor of the Edward Luster, who "won the now famous horseshoe match" but decided to name the city after his friend and competitor, Francis Owens. The community determined Edward Luster needed some recognition and named this park after him.

In 1847, the two men met for a game of horseshoes that would have a lasting impact on the city. According to legend, Luster defeated Owens in that game of horseshoes and with his victory, Luster gained the privilege of naming the town. Declaring that, "Owensville sounds better than Lusterville," Luster elected to name the town after his defeated foe. Owensville is a name that is shared by two other towns in the United States: Owensville, Ohio and Owensville, Indiana.

The two (2) acre park offers one (1) pavilion, playground equipment and basketball court.

Memorial Park In The Summer - 6.23.2020MEMORIAL PARK - located at 712 Parker Drive, is the largest park in the system at approximately 101 acres. The park was developed in the 1940's. The park proudly boasts a campground, water park, 9-hole public golf course, two (2) baseball & softball fields, basketball court, four (4) horseshoe pits, eight (8) pavilions, barbecue grills, playground equipment, restrooms, multi-use trail (1.85 miles) and numerous Gasconade County Fair buildings. The Gasconade County Fair Foundation hosts the fair within Memorial Park each year during the last weekend in July. For fair info, visit

Memorial Park Trail System Map: click to view/print

Veterans Memorial Park Dedication - May 18, 2019VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK - located at 305 West Jefferson Street, is the newest park within the system; groundbreaking was September 19, 2018 and dedication was May 18, 2019. The 1/4 acre park was designed by the late Harry Kellmann, a United States Navy Veteran and Owensville native, and was constructed under the guidance of E. Louise Baker. The ground was donated by First State Community Bank for the construction of the park. The park honors all military members that have served for the United States in the past, present and future. Engraved bricks to honor a Veteran can be purchased and installed inside the park where they will remain for generations to enjoy. Order forms can be picked up at the park and City Hall or click to view/print.

Winter Park In The Fall_9.25.2020WINTER PARK - located at 409 Red Oak Road, was developed and dedicated in the mid-1980's after the late Milford (pictured) and Velma (Gottenstroeter) Winter. The couple were lifetime residents of Owensville and generously supported activities and projects in the area. Milford H.H. WinterThe park was developed through the cooperation of local individuals and groups. Instrumental individuals included Alfred (Dick) Dieckhaus, Peter Lehner, Jeff Schaeperkoetter, Jim Decker, Dr. Paul Baker, Tom Warden and Del Yamnitz.

The one (1) acre park offers two (2) racquetball courts, playground equipment and one (1) pavilion.

Pavilion Rental Agreement Form: click to view/print

For more information, contact the department at 573-437-8231 or email

Events & Programs

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April 1, 2021 - Show Me Your Roots at Buschmann Park at 10am

April 24, 2021 - Spring Golf Scramble at Owensville Golf Course at 9:30am

Spring Golf Scramble Flyer

2021 Spring Golf Scramble Sponsors:

28th & Main Boutique & Salon
Awards For All Stars LLC
Coldwell Banker Quality
Crossgrain Cabinets & Remodeling
Edward Jones Investments
Elegant Nails
First State Community Bank
Grey Eagle Distributors
Havener's Termite & Insect Control
Jost Tire Co. Inc.
Legends Bank
Maciejewski Plumbing & Heating Inc.
Mae Davis & Family
Mid-Missouri Outdoor Dream
Miller House Pub & Café
Missouri Hay Tarps LLC
Paramount Hat Co.
Pepsi Cola Bottling of New Haven
PLZ Aeroscience Corporation
Potential Therapy Services
Schmanke Law Office LLC
The Maries County Bank
Union Machinery
White Mule Winery

Please patronize these local businesses whenever possible and thank them for all they do in our amazing little community!

Ongoing - 2021 Sponsorship Packages

2021 Sponsorship Packages Flyer

Ongoing - Doggie Station Sponsorship Program

Doggie Station Sponsorship Flyer

Golf Course

Golf Course Logo 2020

Golf Course In The Summer - 7.4.2020

Owensville Golf Course, located at 702 North Maple Street, is a 9-hole public course that was built on approximately 40 acres within Memorial Park and established in 1952. Course features 2,076 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 32. Greens consist of creeping bentgrass, while the rest of the course is a mixture of bermuda, zoysia and kentucky fescue. Green fees, cart rentals and memberships are offered. Cash and checks are accepted year-round, with credit cards accepted seasonally (approximately April through September). Leagues and tournament rentals are available.

Hours of Operation:

Closed Mondays

April - Memorial Day: Tuesday - Sunday 9am-5pm

Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday - Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday - Sunday, 8am-5pm

Labor Day - October 1: Tuesday - Sunday 9am-5pm

October: Wednesdays & Thursdays 12-5pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9am-5pm

November - March: Clubhouse CLOSED; may open for nice weather, please call in advance. Course open for walking play and members; sign-in and pay fee at box attached to left side of clubhouse on patio.


Address: Phone: Email:
702 North Maple St 573-437-8877

Click to veiw/print Course Rules


Upcoming Tournaments:

April 24, 2021 OPRD Spring Golf Scramble

May 8, 2021 Owensville Chamber of Commerce


Daily Fees (prices are per person unless noted):

9 Holes with Cart = $15.00          9 Holes Walking = $10.00 

18 Holes with Cart = $25.00        18 Holes Walking = $15.00

Cart Rental for 9 Holes = $5.00

Cart Rental for 18 Holes = $10.00

Golf Course Map

Trail Fee = $10.00 per cart per day

Annual Membership Fees (April 1 - March 31):

Individual = $345.00

Individual & Spouse = $400.00

Family = $450.00

Junior (individual 17 & under) = $150.00

Shed Lease = $150.00 (includes Trail Fee)

Trail Fee = $70.00

All rates are subject to change.

Membership Form: Click to view/print

For information on rates, rentals and leagues, contact the clubhouse at 573-437-8877 or email

Honor A Veteran

Veterans Memorial Park Dedication - May 18, 2019_Cropped

Veterans Memorial Park: In Memory of Many, In Honor of All

A small piece of unused property has been turned into cherished community asset. Veterans Memorial Park, located at 305 West Jefferson Street, Owensville, Missouri 65066, is the newest park within the City of Owensville's park system. The 1/4 acre park was made possible by the patriotic community, dedicated volunteers and generous donations.

The ground was donated by First State Community Bank for the construction of the park. The park design was dreamed up by Harry Kellmann, a United States Navy Veteran and Owensville native. His company, Kellmann's Landscaping & Design completed most of the work for the project.

A committee of ten individuals was formed to oversee construction, raise funds and accept donations to make the project a reality. The Veterans Memorial Planning Committee included Brad Baker, E. Louise Baker (Chair), Robert Depperman, Dana Hampton (Treasurer), Gerri Kellmann, Harry Kellmann (Construction Manager), Don Lenauer, Nathan Schauf, Michael Stillman and Shelby Uffmann The first donation was accepted in June 2018 and the committee realized quickly that the project would be able to begin nearly immediately with the overwhelming response from the community.

All Veterans were invited to bring a shovel and participate in the Groundbreaking Ceremony held on September 19, 2018. With crews working hard through the wild winter, the park was ready for the dedication held May 18, 2019 on Armed Forces Day (pictured above). Mr. Kellmann ensured the project was successfully completed, but passed away shortly after on July 1, 2019. The park honors all military members that have served for the United States in the past, present and future with dedicated areas to recognize each branch.

The park highlights a nine foot wide black granite carapace with an etched tribute, 22 personalized grey granite benches and five grey granite pillars, each engraved with one branch seal. As of November 1, 2020, the walkways currently contains 292 - 4x8 inch and 89 - 8x8 inch personalized bricks that will remain for generations to enjoy. With successful completion of the project, the total expenses have been $92,252 and donations surpass $114,500 from nearly 350 donors. The committee is ecstatic that their efforts will set aside funds for continued maintenance to be covered for many years to come. Engraved bricks to honor a Veteran continue to be available for purchase and will be installed twice annually in September and March. For more information, contact the department at 573-437-8231 or email

Order forms can be picked up at the park and City Hall or click to view/print.

Original design presented in June 2018:

Veterans Memorial Park - Original Design - June 2018

Under construction September 19, 2018 through May 17, 2019:

Veterans Memorial Park - Construction 1

Veterans Memorial Park - Construction 2

Brick install process:

Veterans Memorial Park - Brick Install Process

Memorial Park Campground

Memorial Park Campground - July 2020

Did you know that Owensville has RV Camping available? Memorial Park Campground, located at 510 Red Oak Road, has 25 sites; most are equipped with both water and electric (30 amp) shared between sites. Water at sites will be locked and unavailable November - March. There is a seasonal single-occupant bathhouse approximately 350 feet from campground that is open April-October.There is a dump station onsite available for an additional fee. Reservations are accepted during City Hall's normal hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For information on how to make reservations and pay, contact the department at 573-437-8231.

Rental Agreement Form: click to view/print

Site Fee: $20 per day
Dump Fee: $10 per use 

Click to view/print map

Memorial Park Campground MapCampground Rules & Regulations:

  • All park rules apply during camping.
  • Camping only allowed in designated areas.
  • Maximum stay is 14 consecutive days.
  • Maximum trailer/motorhome length for sites 1-25 is 40 feet.
  • Maximum of two (2) vehicles per site.
  • Dump station is available for $10 per use.
  • Campground quiet hours are 10pm-6am; may only use campground area of park between 10pm-6am because of park curfew
  • No loud music or offensive language.
  • No cutting, damaging or hanging anything from trees.
  • Campers are responsible for cleaning and placing trash/debris in the proper trash receptacle.
  • Open fires are not permitted, except in bar-b-q grills. Fires must be completely extinguished before renter leaves the premises.
  • Display permit receipt on inside of windshield at all times.
  • Blackout dates in effect during contracted events.
  • Failure to follow rules will result in eviction from park with no refund.
  • City of Owensville not responsibile for accidents.

All rates are subject to change.

For information on how to make reservations and pay, contact the department at 573-437-8231.

Camping 10.4.2020

Pavilion Rentals

Looking for a place to host your next outdoor gathering during the spring, summer or fall? The park system contains 12 pavilions, 10 of which are available for rent that range from $35-$250. The pavilions are perfect for family reunions, birthday parties, showers, company picnics, etc.

For more reservation information, contact the department at 573-437-8231 or email

Rental Agreement Form: click to view/print

Click on the pavilion number below for photo of that pavlion or scroll down further for photos of all pavilions. 












#1 Memorial 804 McCan Dr 23 184 Yes Yes


#2 Memorial 809 McCan Dr 10 80 Yes No No $75
#3 Memorial 796 Parker Dr 6 48 Yes No Yes $50
#4 Memorial 798 Parker Dr 6 48 Yes Yes Yes $45


Memorial 801 Parker Dr 4 28 Yes Yes Yes


#6 Memorial 697 Parker Dr 6 48 No No Yes $45
#7 Winter 800 Park Dr 5 40 Yes Yes Yes $45
#8 Memorial 507 Red Oak Rd 6 48 Yes Yes Yes -
#9 Memorial 504 Red Oak Rd 6 48 Yes Yes Yes $50
#10 Luster 101 S 2nd St 5 40 Yes Yes Yes $35
#11 Buschmann 403 S 3rd St 2 16 Yes No Yes $35
#12 Buschmann 410 S 4th St 6 48 Yes No Yes $35
Gazebo Buschmann 404 S 4th St 0 10 Yes No No


Optional Add-ons: Kitchen ($50/$50 deposit)

For information on renting Gasconade County Fair buildings within Memorial Park, contact Frank Brocato at 573-437-4718 or 573-308-6154.

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Pavilion 1

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Winter Water Park

Winter Water Park

Address: Phone (seasonal): Daily Hours:

705 Parker Dr

573-437-POOL (7665) 12-6pm

Winter Water Park is now closed for the 2020 season! Tentative Opening Day for 2021 season: May 29, 2021!

Winter Water Park, named after the late, long-time park supporter Milford H. H. Winter, is located at 705 Parker DriveThe facility was established in 2014 for $1.6 million within Memorial Park. The facility features zero-depth entry, baby bungee, splash elements, castle with 3 slides, 14' tall body flume, lazy river, rock climbing wall, diving board, basketball goal, shade structures and a covered concession pavilion.

During the summer, the facility is open daily from 12-6pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, with reduced hours after Gasconade County R-2 School District resumes classes for the school year.

COVID -19 Waiver of Liability Form: Click to view/print - All adults must complete and sign a COVID-19 Waiver of Liability as part of the admission process. All minors that are attending with the parent/guardian must be listed on the completed form.

Daily Admission:Winter Water Park Opening Day_2019

Individuals 3 years & up: $5.00

Children 0-2 years: FREE with paid adult

Active/Retired Military Individual (must show ID): 50% OFF (cannot be combined with Quick Dip rate)

Quick Dip (last hour of the day; excludes early closings): $2.50

Value Card (20 visits for multiple users during season issued): $60.00

Special Programs:

Adult River Walk

Tot Splash

Lap Swim

Water Aerobics

Doggie Dip

Private Pool Party Rental: Now accepting reservations for the 2021 season! $250 for a pre-determined 2-hour time frame: 9-11am or 6:15-8:15pm.

Optional add-ons for rentals: 1) Extra hour in the evening for $125, 2) Pavilion #6 for $25 (this is helpful to gather at before the two-hour rental to take care of serving food/cake, opening gifts, etc.) and/or 3) Staffed concession stand (2hrs) for $25; cost to purchase items will still apply.

Rental Agreement Form: click to view/print.

Facility Reminders:
Maximum Capacity: 350
Everyone must pay (or possess a value card or season pass) to enter facility.
No refunds; no exceptions.
No outside food/drinks allowed.
No squirt guns allowed.
Non-potty trained children MUST wear swim diapers at all times.
Children 10 & under must be supervised by someone 18 or older at all times.
All rates and rules are subject to change.

General Facility Rules: click to view/print

For information on rates, rentals and programs, contact the department at 573-437-8231, email or contact the facility (after May 29, 2021) at 573-437-POOL (7665).

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