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If downtown is the heart of St. Louis, then Citygarden is the thrumming beat of the city. This urban sculpture park offers a respite from the concrete jungle with water features, lush green grass and foliage, gorgeously maintained themed gardens, and a dining venue. Finished and presented to the community in 2009, Citygarden occupies two square city blocks and serves as a retreat for the denizens of St. Louis. The park is home to 24 sculptures, some interactive, giving guests the chance to walk-through and climb atop these modern marvels. The water features are popular during the hot summer months when children can be found playing on the spray plaza, wading pool and waterfall stepping stones.
Compton Hill Reservoir Park was dedicated in 1867 and spans about 36 acres. The Naked Truth, a controversial statue, draws many onlookers. Local families enjoy outings here, as do many travelers seeking a historical interlude. With a rest area, a playground, tennis courts and a basketball court, the park offers many activity choices. Its location next to the reservoir adds to the ambiance of the park. Now run by the Parks Department, Compton Hill hosts many group events, but permits are required for these.
Popularly known as the St. Louis Floral Conservatory, the name Jewel Box is apt for the place as it appears to be. Currently serving as a public horticultural facility, the Jewel Box is spread over 16,664 square feet of plate glass. Consisting of a reflecting pool at the entrance of the structure, it is a public park that features hundreds of flowers with a variety of different species. The park is also available for several functions, dinners, weddings etc.
Born in 1879, this park attracts history lovers from around the world. Dubbed as the 'Heart of St. Louis', Forest Park is a stirring nexus of history and nature, where rolling meadows and serene ponds are accentuated by agile streams. Memories abound in this urban park, which hosts reunions and many other events year-round. Within its scenic landscape are remarkable attractions like the St. Louis Science Center, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Muny Amphitheatre and the Missouri History Museum. Another notable attraction of the park is the Saint Louis Zoo which is a treasure trove of wildlife like bears, apes and penguins. Similarly, the charming, pink Cabanne House, which serves as the forest headquarters stands in striking harmony with the other ancient edifices cradled in the park. A marvelous synergy of historical intrigue and natural delight, Forest Park takes a place of pride in St. Louis.