Aldermen gave a nod of approval to a series of adult day trips being organized by the Union Parks Department.
Parks Director Angela Sullivan presented a slate of trips to aldermen Monday night, with registration for the first trip already underway.
Because the first trip is a holiday light tour, Sullivan needed board approval quickly to execute the trip. The day trip schedule will be presented to the park commission at the next meeting.
Alderman Robert Schmuke said he loves that Sullivan is bringing something new to the community. Others agreed, calling the new program “outstanding.”
The trips include tickets, gratuities and transportation. Some include a meal.
Each trip has a minimum number of participants in order for the city to break even costwise. If the numbers aren’t met, the trip will be canceled.
Sullivan noted that in her previous position, she hosted 64 successful trips with 1,800 participants.
The day trip planner lists events, what they include, registration deadlines, a time line and registration/payment form.
People can register for one or multiple trips at a time.
“There’s a need for adult programming,” Sullivan said. “This is a way to hit the adult age group and bring new ideas and adventures they might not have the opportunity to partake in or maybe wouldn’t get out of their comfort zone unless it’s planned from start to finish.”
Sullivan said the trips are completely planned. All participants have to do is register and show up at city hall to load the bus.
“Then they don’t have to worry about a thing until we return,” she said, adding that she is excited to meet travelers from Union and surrounding communities and to see people return for several trips.
Sullivan’s goal is to have one trip per month for several months, and build up to two per month.
At her previous position in Jerseyville, Ill., she hosted two events per month and one a week leading up to the Christmas holiday.
The number of trips will depend on their popularity, Sullivan said.
“I’m hoping they’re a success, but only time will tell,” she added.
Registration is underway for all trips and Sullivan encouraged people to register early to avoid the trip being maxed out.
Day Planner Schedule
The schedule is as follows:
Holiday Lights Tour — Thursday, Dec. 14, 2:45 to 10 p.m., $60 per adult, $50 for children 12 and younger. Participants will visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for a buffet dinner and visit the famous Way of Lights. The final stop will be at the St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights display for a walking tour.
Blues Bash — Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4:45 to 11 p.m., $99 per person. The Blues will take on the Ottawa Senators. Seats will be in the 100 Level Blue Chip section. Dinner is not included, but available for purchase at the Scottrade Center.
Casino Outing — Thursday, Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $50 per person. The outing will be at the Ameristar Casino, St. Charles. Lunch will be served at The Landmark Buffet
Dinner and Chuckles — Tuesday, March 20, 3:30 to 10:45 p.m., $75 per person. Visitors will see a comedy “Exit Laughing” at the Alton Little Theatre. Dinner will be a fried chicken family-style meal at Castelli’s Restaurant before the show.
Phantom at the Fox — Thursday, May 10, 9:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., $120 per person. Participants will visit the Fabulous Fox Theater to see “The Phantom of the Opera.” Lunch will be at Cracker Barrel.
2018 Cardinals Games — Wednesday, April 11, playing the Milwaukee Brewers; and Wednesday, Sept. 12, playing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both are from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with seats in the right/left field box. Tickets are $75 each or $65 each if participants register for both games at once.
For more information, people may call 636-583-8471.