New paths will allow people of all mobilities to enjoy this historic heart of Tower Grove Park.
Expanded Farmers' Market
Meet you at the statue of Shakespeare for coffee? During Farmers' Market season, the Park will temporarily close southbound Center Cross Drive for a few hours on Saturday mornings. This will allow the Farmers' Market to expand to the roadway and incorporate the central island.
In the southeast quadrant stands the highest point in the Park. The plan is to install poles so that visitors can hang their own hammocks and not damage any trees. (The high-tech poles may include electronic recharging stations and free wifi.)
New and Expanded Central Playground
The two playgrounds near the Roman Pavilion would be consolidated, enlarged, and moved to the south. Designed for all ages and all abilities, the new playground would be inclusive, welcoming, and near the enlarged splash pad.
Restored Roman Pavilion
A return to Shaw's vision of a strong east-west axis, the Roman Pavilion (as it was first known) will be restored with an expanded pop-jet plaza. The two playgrounds will be consolidated, expanded, and moved south. The plaza on the west of the pavilion will be converted to a patio with tables and chairs for picnics and Farmers' Market fare.
Site for Temporary Art
The island at the west end of the Park will become the site for temporary art installations, allowing an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our neighborhood.
The people have spoken and they want basketball. The master plan would restore this sport to the Park. Basketball is a Victorian sport invented in 1891. Tower Grove Park first had courts in 1902.
A miniature version of soccer, highly requested by our international soccer leagues.
Popular league sport with minimal impact.
Building on the success of the prairie in the northwest corner, Tower Grove Park plans to add pockets of prairie and native stream bed plantings where feasible around the perimeter, a boon to species diversity and offering experiential education for visitors and school groups.
The master plan encourages fitness with stations along the southern side of the Park and a flexible pavement trail.