Monday, June 18, 2012
St. Louis has some of the best parks in the country, and St. Louisans are deservedly proud of them. Noted historians Nini Harris and Esley Hamilton lead readers through a tour of St. Louis city and county parks, large and small, in their new book, St. Louis Parks (published by Reedy Press).
The history of St. Louis parks dates to the 1830s with the establishment of Lafayette Park, to the recent completion of downtown’s newest park, Citygarden. County parks featured include the Museum of Transportation in Kirkwood and Laumeier Sculpture Park in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area.
Photography by Mark Abeln and Steve Tiemann support the histories and detail the evolution and variety of the region’s parks. St. Louis parks are an important legacy, started by visionaries and leaders more than 150 years ago. St. Louis Parks is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about life in the St. Louis area and its rich history.