Tower Grove Park Fountain Pond & Ruins. Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography

Tower Grove Park Fountain Pond & Ruins. Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography

MONTERREY--For My Birthday, I Want New Friends!

Debbie Monterrey
May 22, 2018 - 6:27 pm
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by Debbie Monterrey, [email protected]

All I want for my 50th birthday is for you to be a Friend. A Friend of Tower Grove Park.

My birthday wish is to raise 50 new Friends of Tower Grove Park in honor of this National Historic Landmark’s upcoming 150th birthday.

Tower Grove Park is far more than just a neighborhood park. It’s a national treasure.

To join now or for membership information, just click here. 

Music Stand at Tower Grove Park. Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography
Music Stand at Tower Grove Park. Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography

If you do become a Friend, please let me know so I can personally thank you! 

But what’s in it for me, you ask? Membership does have its benefits. Memberships (which begin at $40) can get you invitations to special Friends-only events and parties, free pavilion rental, discounts to Cafe Madeleine at the Piper Palm House, passes to the tennis center, our newsletter and more! 

Tower Grove Park is one of only seven National Historic Landmark urban parks in the United States, along with some pretty prestigious company like Central Park and Boston Public Garden. 

It is one of the best remaining examples of a Victorian walking park with nine original pavilions dating back to the 1870s. It features a majestic urban forest of such significance it is an accredited Level II Arboretum and is recognized by the National Audubon Society for its importance as a resting stopover for migrating songbirds along the Mississippi River flyway.

Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography
Photo by Kari R. Frey, Freytography

Tower Grove Park’s 2.5 million annual visitors probably don’t think much about what it takes to keep an almost 150 year old park operating, but becoming a member helps keep the Park in the gorgeous conditions generations of St. Louisans have come to expect. 

While it is a city park, money from the City of St. Louis pays for only a small portion of park operations. In order to keep the historic pavilions, lily ponds, fountain pond and ruins, stables and other structures in tip-top shape, the Park must rely on grants, donations other private funds. Membership money helps both fundraise and friend-raise. 

Make no mistake, the neighborhoods around Tower Grove Park are some of the hottest and fastest growing in the city, and the Park is one of the big reasons for that. It’s been an anchor for more than a century.

In full disclosure, I am on the board of the Friends of Tower Grove Park (now 1st Vice-President). It is definitely a labor of love. 

Thanks for considering becoming a Friend!