How Can You Help Out? This is Where to Start.
You can participate in the Park’s revitalization. In addition to joining the Friends of Tower Grove Park we have other opportunities that may be of interest as well. These opportunities are presented below so you can review options and select the programs that most appeal to you.
Friends of Tower Grove Park
The Friends of Tower Grove Park is a 501C3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 to support the restoration and enhancement of Tower Grove Park. Its members promote the park and its activities, raise funds for special projects, and lend their personal time and commitment. Scroll down to check out what we have accomplished!
Since 1989 the Friends of Tower Grove Park have:
- Organized and supported ongoing programs including docent-led tours, lecture series, children's concert series, and many other events
- Raised funds for the restoration of the Lily Pond Shelter and the Chinese Pavilion
- Met the challenge grant requirements toward the restoration of the Music Stand
- Supported the restoration of the Grand Entrance Gate
- Provided funds for the research and restoration of the cast iron cresting on the Sons of Rest shelter
- Sponsored special events including Victorian Sundays in the Park, Old-Fashioned Fourth of Julys, and Holiday fundraisers
- Sponsored the Dave Brubeck concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall to benefit several park improvement projects
- Contributed major funding toward restoration of The Piper Palm House and the Piper Plant House
- Researched, located, restored, and replaced the missing plaques from the Alexander von Humboldt statue
- Supported the Education and Training Fund and provided dues and subscriptions for park staff development
- Supported the Administrative Support Fund to enhance the staffing of the park office
In addition to helping to support these projects, your tax-deductible annual membership dues will help us achieve the following goals:
- Develop and support events and festivals so that more people can experience the beauties of Tower Grove Park
- Expand programs such as the highly regarded Friends docent tours
- Restore, maintain, and improve the health and diversity of the Park's wonderful collection of trees and woody shrubs
- Develop Tower Grove Park as a venue for appropriate events, including performing arts
- Expand our outreach -- including educational outreach to school children -- to the citizens of the St. Louis region as well as to visitors to our city
Check out our Facebook page - Click here for the link. Join for free and learn about upcoming events and Park news.
We also offer docent-guided tours of Tower Grove Park. Click here for more information or call the Friends at 771-4424.
You can also read our current newsletter by clicking here.
At Tower Grove Park, we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. As a potential member of Tower Grove Park's team, you will be contributing your talents and energies to improve the environment and quality of the Park, as well as the Park's services. The more goodwill our volunteers promote, the more our visitors will respect and appreciate the Park's facilities. Thank you for your interest and support of Tower Grove Park and we look forward to meeting with you.
Office / Administration:
Filing, answering phones, making copies, helping with park related mailings, other clerical duties.
Host / Hostess:
Generally at The Piper Palm House, distributing information and assisting Park visitors. Also may include Park related Special Events at The Piper Palm House or other Park venues.
Senior Services at the Stupp Center:
Answering phone calls, helping with the set up and clean up of senior programs, assisting in the mailing process of the Stupp Center newsletter.
Assist the Park's staff with plant maintenance, i.e.-planting flowers, weeding and general upkeep.
Light maintenance work including Park beautification and litter patrol.
Our equestrian program is looking for volunteers with equestrian backgrounds to help with the general upkeep of the stable area.
Assist park staff with recreational programs at the Tennis Center and the sports fields.
Staff the Friends booth:
We have a new booth which we need to staff during all the major events at the Park, such as the Compton Heights Band Concerts and all the festivals and races held in the Park. Shifts are only two hours, during which you will hand out information about the Friends and Tower Grove Park and answer questions.
Help promote the Park by learning its history and then conducting tours of the Park to various groups. Your time commitment may be only a few hours a year.
Assist the Head Pro and Pro Shop attendants with Tennis Center and Tennis Court maintenance, i.e. cleaning the inside of the courts in preparation for play, sweeping and raking leaves, weeding, picking up sweet gum balls, etc. Set up and clean up for tennis social/events and assistance with tournaments, hard courts and grass courts.
There are volunteer opportunities at the Park that become available that may or may not fit into one of these categories. In these instances, we need Park volunteers who may be looking to volunteer in areas outside of their usual area.
Click here for a printable response form that you can mail to the Park if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or for more information, please contact Lesley Freeman, Volunteer Coordinator at 771-4484.
Henry Shaw had a dream . . .
A century and a half ago, a prosperous English-born St. Louis businessman dreamed of a beautiful park for all to enjoy: beautiful buildings, ponds, statuary, fountains . . . and trees. That man was Henry Shaw, and he spent much of the latter part of his life converting the pastures and farmlands of his Tower Grove estate west of St. Louis into a magnificent urban forest. Shaw gave these lands to the City of St. Louis in 1868 to create Tower Grove Park. Using his broad experiences from travel and study, Shaw created a gardenesque landscape of great beauty and diversity. One of the most important projects in creating the Park was the planting of thousands of trees, of over 300 varieties.
For generations, we have enjoyed the beauty and cooling shade of the remarkable collection of trees at Tower Grove Park. The Park has long had one of the most diverse and interesting urban forests in the United States.
You can be part of the dream. . . .
by making a donation to the Tower Grove Park Tribute Fund. Your gift can support the planting of one or more trees, fund the care of our existing trees, or purchase a historic bench in the Park.
There is something very satisfying about funding a tree or a fine sturdy bench for a public park. Trees live for many years, and provide benefits appreciated by young, old, rich and poor. Supporting the tree care fund helps insure a longer and healthier life for the thousands of trees and shrubs that now live in the Park.
A bench contributes to the long term beauty of this National Historic Landmark Park with a handsome, useful, and durable asset that can be enjoyed for generations.
You may indicate any special requests. Every effort is made to honor these requests, based on the Park’s historic planting plan. Benches are installed at a mutually agreed upon location based on the overall plan of the Park.
Tribute funds received January—June are normally dedicated the next fall; those received July—December are dedicated the following spring. Your name and chosen dedication will be recorded on the permanent donor
recognition plaque in the Park Office. After the tree has been planted, you will be sent a certificate and a map showing the location of the tree.
With your donation, you are making a commitment to the future—and to the quality of life in St. Louis. Tributes are tax deductible and can be made in any amount.
The recipient, or their family, will receive a personalized card informing them that a gift has been made in their name, and who has made the gift. Donors will receive a letter thanking them for their donation.
Here are some option available:
$500: Includes a tree and recognition on donor plaque in the Park Office. 5 year replacement guarantee.
$2,500: Includes a tree, recognition on donor plaque in the Park Office, and permanent bronze plaque at the tree site. Replacement of tree as needed.
$5,000: Includes a bench, permanent bronze plaque at bench site, and long term care of the bench.
General donation for care of existing trees in the Park.
For more information, or to have an informational brochure sent to you, please call the Park Office at 314-771-2679. You can also click on the Donate Now button and make a donation online.
The Tower Grove Park Society
The Tower Grove Park Society is a select group of donors who provide substantial annual gifts to support the ongoing operations and programs of Tower Grove Park in order to maintain the Park in a proper condition of excellence. In doing so, Society members perpetuate the Park's unique character and leave a legacy for future generations. Society members enjoy special status as key partners in the progress of the Park, and are eligible for special privileges and benefits.
From 1988 to 2004, Tower Grove Park has undertaken a long range, strenuous, and successful effort to restore and revitalize its remarkable and outstanding capital assets, including pavilions, the Music Stand, entrances, statuary, conservatories, stable buildings, trees, roads, paths, bridges, and other features. Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, this effort has achieved significant success. The results have been striking, and the benefits for St. Louis substantial and very apparent.
It is time to protect and perpetuate the investments made by many donors through proper operation of the Park and ongoing careful stewardship of its restored assets. This can be accomplished in part by means of a revitalizing stream of financial support provided by committed annual donors of substantial gifts.
Membership Levels and Benefits
Membership is open to individuals, corporations and businesses, and private foundations. Membership levels and benefits are as follows.
All Society memberships include:
• Advance notice and invitation to all Park events.
• Invitation to all festive Society gatherings.
• Tower Grove Park Society newsletter
• Recognition on Honor Board in the Piper Palm House
• Honorary Friends Membership
• Invitation to Director’s Holiday Party
Society Members $1,250 - $2,499
Society Patrons $2,500 - $4,999
Society Sponsors $5,000 - $9,999
Society Benefactors $10,000 - $24,999
Legacy Circle $25,000 +
Click here for a listing of detailed benefits.
Please call the Park Office at 314-771-2679 for more information about joining The Tower Grove Park Society.
Tower Grove Park Foundation
The Tower Grove Park Foundation was created to ensure the ongoing preservation and enhancement of Tower Grove Park for public use and enjoyment. The Foundation Trustees have set up an endowment fund to receive major or planned gifts from friends who value the vital role that Tower Grove Park plays in the everyday life of people throughout the St. Louis region.
With a prudently invested endowment that provides maximum interest income, the Park will be able to continue to provide a special place for residents and visitors to enjoy nature in an urban environment. Interest from an endowment fund will help stabilize and diversify the Park’s income, and protect it from fluctuations in funding from governmental and private sources. Interest income will also contribute to maintaining the Park’s architectural, historic, and natural assets. With your major gift to the Foundation, the Park will be better able to preserve its stately ornamental stone and iron entrances, colorful pavilions and music stand, mock ruins, sparkling fountains, and the impressive Piper Palm House and Piper Plant House.
Your support will allow the Park to care for and add to its 275 varieties of trees and woody shrubs, a more diverse collection than any other urban park in the country. You will help give bird watchers ongoing opportunities to observe a tremendous array of species, and neighbors and visitors alike will continue to enjoy the Park’s beautiful flower displays and lily ponds.
Your gift will also ensure that the Park continues to serve as a favorite gathering place for weddings, family reunions, church socials, picnics, and educational programs. Seniors will enjoy activities at the Stupp Center, and music lovers will gather on summer evenings for concerts at the Music Stand.
You can arrange for a gift in several ways. Many people set aside a certain dollar amount through a provision in their will. Others leave a percentage of their estate, or assets remaining after they have provided for their family. Some people leave paid-up insurance policies, real estate, art and antiques, or other financial investments. If you are interested in maximizing a charitable contribution while also benefiting from current tax laws, you may want to consider a gift of appreciated securities.
If you have a professional with whom you work, such as a financial planner, lawyer, accountant or insurance agent, please talk with your advisor about leaving a gift to Tower Grove Park. A professional can tell you about the tax benefits of major or planned gifts.
Leave a Legacy to Tower Grove Park
Please consider an investment in Tower Grove Park as part of your legacy to the community. Tower Grove Park was designed to be, and is, a great treasure. It is a vital part of the fabric of St. Louis, providing a place to enjoy nature’s beauty in a unique and historic setting. Your major or planned gift will help ensure that this national landmark continues to be a place for recreation, reflection, learning, and renewal of the human spirit.
Please call the Park Office at 314-771-2679 for more information on any of the following:
- Providing for Tower Grove Park in my will
- Making a gift of appreciated securities
- Generating income from my gift
- Making a major gift through life insurance
- Generating a current tax deduction from my personal residence or farm
- Making a gift of art or antiques
- Transferring income to Tower Grove Park and principal to my heirs
- Establishing charitable lead trusts and other similar vehicles