Tower Grove Park: 289 Acres of Lush South City Outdoor Goodness
Tower Grove Park is a beautiful paradox. The tree-filled expanse hosts around 2.5 million visitors a year, yet even at the height of its most popular event, the Festival of Nations in August, you can find quiet corners of solace. The 289-acre park is only a couple of blocks wide, but its generous length allows for seven miles of running trails—plus 12 kickball fields, six soccer fields, three playgrounds, three baseball fields, 10 historic pavilions and four picnic gathering sites.
On its north side, Tower Grove Park borders the Shaw neighborhood, which is named after its founder, 19th-century philanthropist and nature-lover Henry Shaw.
Many attractions say they have “something for everyone,” but this one actually does. There’s activity from sunrise—especially on Saturdays, when the vendors start rolling in to set up for the farmers market—to nightfall near the Fountain Pond and Ruins, where groups gather for yoga. Park-goers can enjoy events such as Musical Mondays, featuring the Compton Heights Concert Band, the annual Flower Power benefit and cocktail reception, the family-friendly Terror at Tower Grove Park Halloween event or the Tower Trok 5K, which raises money for the restoration and maintenance of the park.
4257 Northeast Drive
A version of this story originally appeared in fall 2017 in Guided: South Grand, available in a digital edition.
Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.