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Tower Grove Park is a municipal park in the City of Saint Louismarker. Most of its land was donated to the city by Henry Shaw in 1868. It is on 289 acres (1.17 km²) adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Gardenmarker, another of Shaw’s legacies. It extends two miles from west to east, between Kingshighway Boulevard and Grand Boulevard. It is bordered on the north by Magnolia Avenue and on the south by Arsenal Street.

The park features eleven pavilion of picturesque design, dating from the Victorian era, which provide shady rests from which visitors can enjoy the many lovely views. Its landscape includes a lily pond and formal plantings; the Piper Palm House, the site of music and other special events; as well as tennis courts; a wading pool for small children; open expanses of green; softball diamonds and soccer fields; and tall specimen trees and a great variety of bushes. The park has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Many events, from picnics to weddings, are held in the park throughout the year. During the summer, a number of large festivals are held in the park, including ones featuring themes such as international, pagan, and Gay Pride.[103171] Since 2005, from May through October, a farmers' market is held from 8:30-12:30 Saturday mornings just west of the Wading Pool Pavilion. It features local and organic farmers offering fresh produce, baked goods and preserves, as well as prepared foods and drinks, teas and coffees.

The park features nearly 400 species of trees and bushes. The park is a well-known birdwatching area, particularly during the spring and fall bird migration seasons. It is part of the Mississippi Flyway and migrating birds rest in the park along their journey. Forty percent of North American songbirds and waterbirds use this route. Examples are many types of warblers, orioles, and Canadian geese.

Photos of pavilions

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Turkish Pavilion
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Bandstand in Tower Grove Park
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Chinese Pavilion
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Sons of Rest Pavilion


Photo taken in Tower Grove Park
1883 photograph of the gate at Magnolia Street and Tower Grove Avenue, looking southeast toward the Superintendent's house


References



Master Plan of Tower Grove Park, 1985 by Eldridge Lovelace

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