About the old driving range off Dunn Road by Gradview... when i used to know some friends who lived in the apartments down there, we would always run through the creek there. the creek changed into the open sewer stream that goes through the Perronies area. They closed down the range in the very late 90's. No one bothered picking up the leftover balls that were on the field, so me and my friends always collected them, and hit them onto the field from the far back of the range. You could get some major distance with those things haha.
it was probably for the better that they put sewer drains in the creek. When the sewer area started, there was a main underground hub about the size of a house, probably bigger. I stayed away from the underground happenings that were going on there. A lot of corruption with the teenage world of Florissant has many years of indentation in that place (spray painting n such).
The hill on the side of the Grandview Taco Bell was the Wet Willys. That was fairly close to the highway. There was always talk of Eagan never wanting those kinds of attractions in Florissant. It may have had something to do with the competition of Bangert and the upbringing of Koch Park Waterpark. This was all before my time though.
I remember the Schnucks where the Walgreens is now. It was smaller, but it had this nice sit down restaurant there. It had that rural diner kind of feel to it. Thats why I enjoyed it so much. There were other locations that had that as well, but that withered in the 90's.
I did have fond memories of Discovery Zone and the Chuck-e-Cheese/Showbiz Pizza on Target drive (along with the other things you USED to do on that street). The relocation of the Target and the closing of the Halls Ferry theater really did it to the Chuck-e-Cheese. Couldnt tell you what happened with Discovery Zone. Guess lack of interest.
They have so many things like that in South County and St. Charles county such as Swing around fun town. I have doubts that something like that could open here today. You have too many people from the Southeast part of Norco that travel North of 270 and ruin the party.
Florissant still has a few things for the kids to do. We have enough parks to feed everyone and then some. We have a couple of bowling alleys, Par-tee, the recreation facilities, and the St. Louis Mills attractions in the sister town of Hazelwood. We are also one of the only towns to have a decently organized skate park.
Florissant has lost a lot of stuff in the last 10 to 15 years as well. No more DZ or CEC, not really any theater (lost the dollar shows as well), besides day camps, summer activities are pretty scarce for kids, Roller Rinks have now become deceased in Norco (besides the one on the Rock Road) and most nice families have to put up with the uptight city departments in town.
All due respect to the senior community in Florissant, I just think you folks are getting WAYYY too much attention around here. Lets open a few things for kids and families. Besides VOF and fall festival, it gets real boring here.