Tower Grove Park is a public park maintained, operated, and programmed by an independent Board of Commissioners and staff, receiving support from private donations and grants, rental fees, the Friends of Tower Grove Park, and the City of St. Louis. The Tower Grove Park staff is the only provider of maintenance for the Park.
The mission of Tower Grove Park is to be an exemplary, well-preserved and well-presented, wooded Victorian park of international significance that provides important recreational, educational and cultural opportunities for the public in a way that is compatible with its unique and historic character. The Park is located in St. Louis City, bordered by the Shaw, Tower Grove South, Tower Grove East, and Southwest Garden neighborhoods.
Founded in 1868 by Henry Shaw and opened to the public in 1872, Tower Grove Park’s landscape of grassy meadows, approximately 7,000 trees and many varied flowerbeds make the 289-park an important urban green space. The Park is a premier urban and historical destination, and is maintained through an annual park maintenance program, an urban forest renewal program, and an array of free and low-cost educational, recreational, cultural and social opportunities for schools, neighboring communities, and the St. Louis region.
Cultural and educational programs include the Summer Children’s Concert Series, the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market, lecture series, art exhibits and band concerts. Victorian pavilions are a favorite site for family, school, and community events and celebrations. The Stupp Center offers recreational, educational and social activities for seniors. Well-maintained trails, tennis courts and athletic fields are busy year-round. The Park’s wading pool and three playgrounds are well-maintained, safe, and fun family gathering places.
The Piper Palm House provides a free public venue for three St. Louis Symphony performances each year, and the historic Music Stand hosts 10 Compton Heights Concert Bands performances each summer.
Tower Grove Park annually serves approximately 2.5 million children and adults of diverse races/ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds from the St. Louis region. The majority of those served by Tower Grove Park are residents of nearby neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis. Twenty-five percent (25%) of residents in the Park’s 63110 zip code live below the poverty level.
Tower Grove Park serves many neighborhood schools who use the Park landscape for outdoor education and recreation. Examples of neighborhood schools who use the Park include St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) such as Shenandoah, Mullanphy and Adams Elementary Schools, Marian Middle School, City Garden Montessori, and Tower Grove Christian Academy.
For more information, please contact Development Director, at (314) 771-4484.
Tower Grove Park By The Numbers
Sample Operating Expenses
- $735 per day to keep the grass cut;
- $2,100 per week to maintain healthy trees;
- $2,900 per month to keep the Park clean and trash-free;
- $25,000 to $30,000 annually to protect and preserve historic pavilions.
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Community & Cultural Impact
- Approximately 2.5 million annual visitors;
- Three playgrounds, nine asphalt and three grass tennis courts, seven miles of running/walking trails, twelve softball/kickball fields, six soccer fields, three baseball fields, and other open green spaces for sports and recreation;
- Ten historic pavilions and four picnic sites for affordable gatherings and events;
- Free wading pool and Muckerman fountain welcome thousands for cool relief each summer;
- More than 200,000 annually attend cultural events such as Festival of Nations, Food Truck Friday, and Tower Grove Farmers’ Market;
- Free concerts from the St. Louis Symphony and Compton Heights Community Band, and the Summer Children’s Concert Series offer music throughout the year for local audiences.
- There are about 6,770 trees in Tower Grove Park, with approximately 200 species;
- The estimated value of Tower Grove Park’s tree population is about $10.2 million;
- The Park’s trees provide about $394,403 in annual environmental, economic, and social benefits;
- The Gaddy Bird Garden is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, providing habitat for more than 200 recorded resident and migrating bird species;
- Native plantings in new savannah areas and 7,000 recent plantings in riparian waterway corridors provide habitat and sustenance for Monarch butterflies and pollinators.