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Hundreds of families and friends gathered near the Music Stand in Tower Grove Park, on a cool Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2015 to enjoy festivities for the 2nd Annual Family Picnic in the Park. Archived photo
Tower Grove Park Is Rrecipient of 2017 Great Public Space Award
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 26, 2017 - Tower Grove Park is host to events such as the neighborhood Tower Grove Farmer's Market, Food Truck Fridays, the St. Louis Festival of Nations, St. Louis Symphony and Compton Heights Band concerts, lecture series, family outings, weddings and more.

On February 1, 2017, the American Planning Association - Missouri Chapter, will honor Tower Grove Park as one of the 2017 Great Places in Missouri at a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.

The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning - attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike.

The park is host to events such as the neighborhood Tower Grove Farmer's Market, Food Truck Fridays, the St. Louis Festival of Nations, St. Louis Symphony and Compton Heights Band concerts, lecture series, family outings, weddings and more.

Tower Grove Park epitomizes a great public space as it encourages community gatherings, both planned and spontaneous, that people of all ages can enjoy, promotes a sense of community and reflects the character and heritage of St. Louis.

The 4th Street Corridor in Maryville is the recipient of the 2017 Great Street in Missouri award.

This six-block corridor connects two vibrant community focal points - downtown Maryville and Northwest Missouri State University. The 4th Street Corridor is a culturally significant area for the community, home to the Northwest Homecoming parade, Nodaway County Parade, Maryville Farmer's Market and impromptu celebrations for athletic victories, public art, graduation and other community events.

This Great Street project incorporated not only redevelopment of adjacent retail and housing, but takes a complete street approach with traffic calming, landscaping, safety lighting, and trail extensions to connect Northwest Missouri State University and downtown Maryville.

Downtown Kirkwood is the recipient of the 2017 Great Neighborhood in Missouri award.

Downtown Kirkwood is anchored by the Historic Train Depot which has been preserved and serves as a multi-modal station, providing an economic catalyst to the community. The neighborhood contains numerous public spaces including three city-owned pocket parks, the Kirkwood Farmer's Market, Kirkwood Public Library, City Hall, Police and Fire stations.

Redevelopment of brownfield has also created new mixed-use centers, such as the Station Plaza which serves as the venue for the Summer Concert Series and other events throughout the year. Downtown Kirkwood is also home to events such as Earth Day at the Market, Mayfest, summer and winter firework festivals and various other walks and events.

Tower Grove Park Begins the Master Planning Process
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 21, 2017 - Tower Grove Park is undertaking a master planning process that will result in a long-range plan to preserve, enhance, and improve the historic park for future generations.

The goals of the plan will be to envision Tower Grove Park as a place for all communities, both today and for future generations, through upgrading the Park's amenities, access, connectivity, and safety - all while preserving the Park's historic features, landscape, and character. This plan will identify strategic priorities for preventative maintenance, restoration and conservation efforts, and new projects to best serve the Park's surrounding communities and visitors.

To accomplish this goal, the Park has retained the services of Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, following an extensive search. Rhodeside & Harwell is the lead of a project team that includes representatives from Jacobs Engineering, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Davey Resource Group. Together, this team brings a wealth of national expertise in historic preservation, adaptive re-use, civil engineering, and ecological management to the project.

in a release, Bob Sellers, President of the Board of Commissioners, said: "The Park has a tremendous success story that is part of the narrative of St. Louis over the past 30 years. The time is right to ensure that we are investing in the future through long-range planning that will keep the Park vibrant and accessible for all visitors while preserving its most distinctive characteristics."

Tower Grove Park and the Master Plan Project Team are asking members of the public to share their priorities for the future of the Park. The public may submit their opinions by responding to the Master Plan Survey available at or by sending mail with other questions or comments through April 30, 2017.

Founded in 1868 by Henry Shaw and opened to the public in 1872, the 289-acre Park is located in St. Louis City, bordered by the Shaw, Tower Grove South, Tower Grove East, and Southwest Garden neighborhoods. As a historic urban green space, Tower Grove Park offers recreation while sustaining a diverse ecosystem for hundreds of species. The Park annually welcomes 2.6 million visitors of diverse backgrounds, mainly residents of nearby neighborhoods.

Loop Trolley to Begin Conducting Safety Testing
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 21, 2017 - The Loop Trolley will soon be conducting safety testing along its 2.2-mile route connecting the Delmar Loop and Forest Park. During safety testing, only trolley operators and authorized personnel will be allowed on the cars.

The Loop Trolley Safety Tips:

  • Trolleys share a lane with vehicles, but they cannot veer to avoid people.
  • Trolleys run on both rails and in both directions, so be cautious.
  • Do not walk, ride or drive onto the white diagonal striping.
  • Pedestrian crossing is only allowed at specifically marked crossings.
  • Vehicles cannot be parked on the rails and must be within the white lines.
  • Illegal parking can result in fines and towing.
The Loop Trolley opens to the public in Spring of 2017.

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