Best Of 2010

Best Public Park: Tower Grove Park

Last winter a coyote came to live in St. Louis and set up residence in Tower Grove Park. Who can blame him, really? Although winter is perhaps not the best time of year to appreciate Tower Grove's natural beauty, there's plenty else to admire: the Victorian-era pavilions built to look as though they were transplanted from far-off lands, the fake ruins beside the lily pond constructed from actual ruins of the old Lindell Hotel (it was destroyed in a fire, and if the coyote looked closely, he might've been able to see scorch marks), the grass tennis courts. And while the coyote probably would not have been allowed inside the Piper Palm or Plant houses, he could have sneaked into the old stables. The coyote was gone by early spring, when the buds started to emerge on the trees and the local foodies started to whisper excitedly about the return of the Saturday farmers' market. He left behind a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, each with a considerable following. In retrospect, it seems inevitable that a Tweeting coyote would have come to live in Tower Grove Park. No other park in St. Louis could support anything half so fanciful.

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