Nearby Parks and Gardens

All of these locations are within walking distance of the Shaw Neighborhood.

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> Tower Grove Park (www.towergrovepark.org)
In 1868, Henry Shaw gave the citizens of St. Louis the grand Victorian park known as Tower Grove Park. The 289-acre park is the second largest in St. Louis. It is home to historic pavilions, numerous picnic areas and more than 8,000 trees and shrubs imported from around the world.

The park’s features include:

• The Music Pavilion
Compton Heights Band plays here during the summer.

• Piper Palm House’s Café Madeleine
Offers an elaborate Sunday brunch Fountain Pond with ducks, a three-tiered fountain and a sculpture built from the remains of the old Lindell.

Water lily ponds

Multiple playground areas and a splash wading pool for kids

15 tennis courts, including three grass courts and a well-supplied pro shop and locker facility

Carriage rides in a buggy pulled by a Clydesdale gelding Pony rides for children.

An organic farmer’s market in the summer

Ball fields for softball, soccer, kickball and frisbee games
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> Missouri Botanical Gardens (www.mobot.org)

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.

The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. The Garden offers 79 acres of beautiful horticultural display, including a 14-acre Japanese strolling garden, Henry Shaw’s original 1850 estate home, the tropical Climatron® Conservatory, Children’s Garden and one of the world’s largest collections of rare and endangered orchids.

For more than 150 years, the Garden has been a place of beauty and family fun—and also a center for education, science, and conservation.
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> Compton Hill Water Tower Park (www.watertowerfoundation.org)
Compton Hill Reservoir Park features the Compton Hill Water Tower – a mid-19th century engineering masterpiece originally designed to manage the growing water needs of the expanding city. The tower is open on Saturdays to visitors who can make the 198-step climb to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city comparable in height to the top of the Gateway Arch.

The park itself features a classic statue that celebrates the city’s newspaper heritage, a lily pond with fountain, tennis courts, dog park and walking paths.
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> Shaw Neighborhood Dog Park (www.shawstlouis.org/dogpark/)
The Shaw Dog Park provides a wide-open space for dogs to run free and socialize, while also giving their owners a chance to meet other dog lovers in the neighborhood. It is located at the corner of Cleveland and Thurman Avenues.

The park is fence enclosed, has lighting at night and water and toys are available on site. There also is a lock system and all dogs must be current on shots. Members pay a small yearly membership fee for access to the park.

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