But it is the devotion of Sachs to cultural amenities that invigorated his vision. Quietly behind the scenes, Sachs donated land and money to cultivate the arts in Chesterfield. He was a prime force in creating the non-profit Chesterfield Arts in 1993. In 2009, he brought J Seward Johnson’s iconic “The Awakening” to Chesterfield. Other organizations benefiting from his philanthropy were the St. Louis County Public Library – Samuel C. Sachs Branch, named for his father, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Junior Chamber International and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He also ensured the amenities in his development were properly presented to the public, by …
- Helping develop Faust Park for more than 30 years. Sachs hired an architect to develop its master plan and was instrumental in the construction of the Carousel Building, a lake and a historic village. He also funded landscaping on Olive Street Road to enhance the entrance to Faust Park.
- Funding improvements to Chesterfield's Central Park and investing in a master landscaping plan at Highway 40 and Clarkson/Olive Street Road.
- Donating land to the City of Chesterfield for a trail system that connects Central Park to August Hill Road and ultimately Wild Horse Creek Road.
- Donating land to the St. Louis County Library for its future "History Center," which will be located at Wild Horse Creek Road and the future Burkhardt Road.
- Donating the land for Jewish Community Center in Chesterfield and money for improvements.
- Funding innumerable works of public art throughout Chesterfield and multiple community art programs by Chesterfield Arts.
Today, his vision of Chesterfield Village continues with the creation of the more than 200-acre Downtown Chesterfield. With an abundance of green space and other amenities, the phased development will ultimately connect all of Chesterfield Village.