I grew up and my kids grew up two blocks From Tower Grove Park. Me in the 60's and kids in 70's and 80's. As a kid the farthest I could walk with my friends was four blocks, so TGP was only Two, so we went almost everyday in the summer. First thing was to go swimming in the swimming pool (I'm not sure if it was cement or not) Anyway all of my friends from the neighborhood would meet there to swim and hang out at the pavilion by the pool. We always took some change because there was a snow cone booth. Just writing this brings back so many memories.. riding our bikes on the trails, trying to play tennis, playing softball. Tower Grove Park was my summer growing up in the 60's.I bought a house nearby, so my kids experienced the same fun that I did. They played on baseball teams, so many of their games were played in TGP.
In 1990 I got married at the smaller pavilion by the lily ponds and took many wedding beautiful pictures at different spots in the park.So I guess you could say that Tower Grove Park was a very large part of my life.
I don't live in Missouri anymore, but last time I saw the Tower Grove Park is was beautiful. So can understand why it was chosen The Best and most beautiful Park in St Louis.