One of Missouri’s 2017 ‘Great Places’: Tower Grove Park
ST. LOUIS, MO/March 3, 2017 (STL.News) St. Louis is known for having beautiful parks but it’s extremely rewarding when a professional planning group like the Missouri chapter of the nation-wide American Planning Association (APA) is bowled over by it. They recently named Tower Grove Park one of its “Great Places” for 2017.
Officially opened to the public in 1872, the park has been portrayed as the largest and best conserved 19th-century Gardenesque style city park in the U.S. The formal landscape design includes winding paths, extreme planting, and the use of architecturally ornate pavilions, gates, and houses. Tower Grove Park, along with the adjacent Missouri Botanical Gardens, was gifted to the City of St. Louis by philanthropist Henry Shaw.
The whopping 289-acre park, located in the south central part of the city, plays host to all kinds of year-round recreational, educational and cultural public events. It wasn’t surprising that it was granted the organization’s “Great Public Space Award,” and acknowledged for its extraordinary charm, value, and very well thought out planning.
The Missouri APA’s Great Places Program started in 2014 and honors awardees for the critical role they play in planning and creating places that foster a sense of community, encourage economic growth and helps build strong relationships between the city and its citizens. In the second year, the honorees were Citygarden named 2015 “Great Public Space,” and South Grand Boulevard named 2015 “Great Street.”
Other past honorees include the Central West End, Forest Park and Washington Avenue. For 2017, the APA also recognized the 4th Street Corridor in Maryville, and Downtown Kirkwood as its “Great Street” and “Great Neighborhood.” There will be a recognition ceremony for the 2017 honorees on February 1, in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.