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Parks and Recreation

St. Louis’ parks serve as the anchor for neighborhoods that make the city a good place to live, work and play. They are gathering spots for neighbors to meet, playgrounds, summer concerts, picnics, ball games, tennis courts and lakes. These parks offer a quiet oasis in the heart of the city and a place for walking, running, biking, dogs and their owners. Parks also provide a quiet place to get away from the city. Plants and trees make city streets come alive with colors in the spring and fall and provide shade in summer. St. Louis provides diverse recreational, cultural and historical attractions available to city residents through its many facilities and institutions.

Sitting in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Kiener Plaza and the Morton D. May Amphitheater offer a dramatic view of the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch. It is the home of Cardinal and Ram rallies and victory parties, concerts, weddings and the place where workers escape their offices for lunch and relaxation. Francis Park is the center of St. Louis Hills, Lafayette Park anchors Lafayette Square, Fairground residents gather in Fairground Park and Forest Park is the heart of St. Louis.

The majority of the city's parks were established during the era known as "The Gilded Age" from 1869 to the turn of the 20th century and were created to meet the social needs of a crowded, industrial city. They provide an escape from crowded apartment buildings, a place to view artwork, a home for a zoo and a nature preserve. The City of St. Louis has carved green space from the concrete and bricks that make up the downtown business district.

St. Louis is a city of 62 square miles and has 3,000 acres of park land and another 170 strips and triangles that have about 200 acres. There are 85 playgrounds, 14 fountains, countless statues and monuments, tennis, handball and horseshoe courts and baseball, softball, soccer, and rugby fields. The Horticulture Section is responsible for the two million daffodils that turn St. Louis highways into a sea of yellow each spring. The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and Gateway Arch were built in 1965, and its grounds are owned and maintained by the National Service.

County Parks
Affton White, Rodgers Community Center, Albrecht, Bee Tree, Bella Fontaine, Bissell House, Black Forest, Bohrer, Bon Oak, Buder, Castlepoint, Champ, Cliff Cave, Clydesdale, Creve Coeur, Endicott, Faust, Fort Bellefontaine, Fort Bellefontaine West, George Winter, Greensfelder, Jefferson Barracks, Kennedy, King, Kinloch, Larimore, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Lemay, Lone Elk, Love, Lower Meramec River, Mathilda, Welmering, McDonnell, Museum of Transportation, Ohlendorf, Ohlendorf West, Queeny, Robert Winter, Simpson, Sioux Passage, Spanish Lake, St. Vincent, Suson, Sylvan Springs, Tilles, Unger, Veteran's Memorial, West Tyson, Widman

Downtown City Parks
Kiener Plaza & May Amphitheater, Gateway Mall, Serra Sculpture Park, Poelker Park- Kaufmann Park, Eternal Flame Park, Memorial Plaza Parks, Aloe Plaza, Aloe Plaza Extension, Washington Square Park, Lucas Garden Park, Gateway Arch, Jefferson National, Expansion Memorial

Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Parks Division
(314) 289-5300

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  This St. Louis County and City website page is for Recreation, Parks, Outdoors, Lakes, Nature, Preserves, Fishing, Boating, Beaches, Swimming, Amusement, Family, Kids, Children, Wildlife, Refuges, Visitors, Weekends, Hiking, Bike Paths, Landmarks, Tourists, Guides and Regional Parks that are local and rated best in Saint Louis County, Saint Louis, Affton, Allenton, Ballwin, Berkeley, Bridgeton, Clayton, Crescent, Earth City, Fenton, Florissant, Frontenac, Glencoe, Grover, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kinloch, Lambert Airport, Lemay, Richmond Heights, Sappington, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Bellerive, Beverly Hills, Breckenridge Hills, Brentwood, Charlack, Glen Echo Park, Glendale, Greendale, Hanley, Hills, Hillsdale, Huntleigh, Kirkwood, Ladue, Maplewood, Normandy, Northwoods, Norwood Court, Oakland, Olivette, Overland, Pagedale, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Pine Lawn, Rock Hill, Sycamore Hills, University City, Uplands Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, Warson, Woods, Wellston, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Black Jack, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Champ, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Dellwood, Edmundson, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Hazelwood, Jennings, Kinloch, Moline Acres, Riverview, Saint Ann, Saint John, Woodson Terrace, Bella Villa, Crestwood, Fenton, Grantwood Village, Green Park, Lakeshire, Mackenzie, Marlborough, Saint George, Shrewsbury, Sunset Hills, Webster Groves, Wilbur Park, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Country Life Acres, Creve, Coeur, Crystal Lake, Park Des Peres, Ellisville, Eureka, Manchester, Maryland Heights, Pacific, Town and Country, Twin Oaks, Valley Park, Westwood, Wildwood and Winchester. Places of interest in St. Louis County and City include Mississippi River, Washington University, Forest Park, Chain of Rocks Bridge, Mississippi Flyway, Cahokia Mounds, Mound City, Bella Fontaine, Castlepoint, Cliff Cave, Fort Bellefontaine, Kiener Plaza, May Amphitheater, Gateway Mall, Eternal Flame Park, Washington Square Park, Botanical Garden, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Gateway Arch.

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