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The Board of Commissioners of Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park is owned by the City of St. Louis and governed by a special Board of Commissioners appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court. The current commissioners are:

Board of Commissioners
Robert W. Sellers, President
Steve M. Kidwell, Vice President
Michael R. Spotanski, Treasurer
Shelley Donaho, Secretary
Ted Atwood
James L. Fogle
Bob Herleth
Bryan Martin
Rose Newport
Rudy Nickens
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson

Emeritus Commissioners

Dennis G. Coleman
Jane Gleason
John D. Haffenreffer
R. Crosby Kemper III
Susan R. Lammert
Eugene J. Mackey III
Thomas Purcell
Dr. Peter Raven
Anne C. Stupp
Cheryl D. S. Walker

Bill Reininger, Park Director

The Past Superintendents / Directors of Tower Grove Park
During Henry Shaw's lifetime, he himself served as de facto superintendent of Tower Grove Park. Upon Shaw's death in 1889, James Gurney, the horticulturist he had brought to St. Louis from London, succeeded him, becoming the first official park superintendent. Gurney's son, James Gurney, Jr. assumed the position on his father's death in 1920. When James Gurney, Jr. died in 1943, his daughter Bernice E. Gurney returned to St. Louis to take on the position. On her retirement in 1976, Bernice Gurney was succeeded by Robert F. Denison. In 1987, John Karel became the fifth director of Tower Grove Park. John retired at the end of 2014.

Click here for a schedule of the 2016 Board of Commissioners Meetings.

The Friends of Tower Grove Park Board Members

Laurence McCarthy, President
Janine Lawler, 1st Vice President
Louis Gerteis, 2nd Vice President
Dr. William Gilbert II, Treasurer
Debbie Monterrey, Secretary
Patricia Midden, Assistant Secretary

Kristin Byrne
Erika Ebsworth-Goold
Caroline Ernst
Julie Gianino
Catherine Gilbert
Ella Gross
Thom Gross
Lee Kling
Mike Konzen
Kevin McKinney
Nina Murphy
Peggy Oates
Erika Ottolini
Dorothy Soldavini

Lee Berger
Donald Bergmann
Delores Blehm
Shelley Donaho
Francis Fanara
William Schawacker

2016 Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
Friday, January 1

Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 18

President's Day
Monday, February 15

Memorial Day
Monday, May 30

Independence Day
Monday, July 4

Labor Day
Monday, September 5

Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 24

Day after Thanksgiving
Friday, November 25

Christmas Eve Day
Saturday, December 24

Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25


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