ST. LOUIS – Tower Grove Park is still welcoming visitors, but not cars. As of Friday, the parks has closed all of its internal roads.
That way, the park said in a notice on its website, “we can allow pedestrians to have additional space to maintain social distancing.”
The park roads are still open to cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers, but the park is asking them to use extra caution among the many pedestrians.
For drivers, parking is available on the streets around the park, including Magnolia Avenue and Arsenal Street.
“Parks are a place of solace and rejuvenation during difficult times, helping sustain our physical and mental health,” the park’s statement reads. “We’re taking special measures to keep the park clean, safe, and welcoming for everyone.”
Earlier, the park had closed its playgrounds, pavilions, drinking fountains, restrooms, exercise stations and tennis center.
What about the resident horses?
Don’t worry. Along with emptying the trash cans and patrolling for social distancing, the staff is taking good care of the park’s Clydesdale, Moonshine, and the Shetland pony, Sheffield.
The usual spring events, including the popular Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, are canceled; but the park said it was working with outside vendors to figure out possibilities for public events.
The city of St. Louis owns Tower Grove Park, but it’s managed by its own board and staff.