When Crestwood officials rededicate Rayburn Park postconstruction on June 15, they also will pay tribute to a well-known, former city alderman by naming the new playground in his honor.
Former Alderman Charles “Bill” Sisler now will be associated with the new toddler playground constructed in his beloved Ward 2. The playground is located at 746 Rayburn Ave., among 3.3 acres of hills and shade. It will officially be named the Charles W. “Bill” Sisler & Family Memorial Playground.
Sisler was elected a Crestwood alderman in 1977 and served through 1991. During his 12 years of service, he held nearly every aldermanic position available, including working with the boards or committees for fire, public works, redistricting, road redevelopment, disabled citizens as well as planning and zoning. He also presided over the board when necessary.
When Sisler retired in 1991, he told fellow board members he was going to miss the camaraderie of colleagues and the opportunities to further serve Crestwood.
“I wish to tell you how much I enjoyed the pleasure of serving on the governing board of the greatest small city in our land. Thanks for having me aboard,” he stated, according to city meeting minutes from 1991.
During Sisler’s retirement ceremony he was recognized for broader ranging governmental service by Missouri senators Kit Bond and Walt Mueller, representative James Murphy and several officials from the St. Louis County Council.
Crestwood officials issued a bid for the park’s reconstruction last September. The updating project was made possible through a local grant. Renovations include the new playground equipment, ADA compliant paths, new lighting and additional parking.
Crestwood Alderman Richard Breeding requested that Sisler-related signage be prepared to post permanently at the playground.