The City of St. Louis manages a beautiful parks system with a variety of fun, attractive features for all ages. St. Louis revises its Parks & Recreation Plan every five years. A copy of the current plan is located in the documents folder on this page.
Park Shelter Policy
The Gazebo in Clapp Park and the Large Pavilion in Leppien Park can be reserved. Please see the Park Shelter Rental Policy for directions on how to do so and rental fees. All other parks are a first come first serve basis.
Parks and Recreation Donation Policy
The City of St. Louis and its Parks & Recreation Commission have put together a list of guidelines and recommendations for anyone who would like to make either a financial donation or to donate a physical item for any of our park areas, such as a bench, tree, etc. Please read the following policy if you are interested in doing something like this.
Lincoln Park is a 1.1 acre neighborhood park that serves the needs of residents in the southeast quadrant of the City. The park has a children's play structure, basketball court, benches, and picnic facilities. It is located on Lincoln Street. On-site parking is available.
Penny Park is one of the City's newer parks located on East Prospect Street. The 1.2 acre park provides open space for the area as well as a scenic overlook of the river. The park has a pavilion, children's play structure, picnic tables, and benches.
Leppien Park is a 3.7 acre park located on the City's west side at the intersection of M-46 and Devon Drive. The park provides 350 feet of river access, has picnic and barbecue facilities, play equipment, a shelter, boat ramp, and docks over-looking the water. In 2015, park improvements were made which include shoreline protection features, boat launch upgrades and a large pavilion.
Clapp Memorial Park
Located at the City's center on four wooded acres is Clapp Park. A picnic shelter, picnic tables and grills and play structures provide users with a central location for picnics and other passive activities. A nice feature in the park is a large gazebo. If you would like to reserve the gazebo, please contact Mari Anne Ryder at (989) 681-2137 ext. 1050. The park is located on East Saginaw across the street from St. Louis High School and is fronted by M-46.
The City's newest park, Barnum Park was dedicated in 2002. This half-acre park is located on Main Street two blocks north of M-46 along the Pine River near the St. Louis Electric Department dam. Easy fishing access is provided by a wooden platform constructed through the help of DNR Fisheries grant. Parking is available on the north side of the park and benches are available in the upgraded Scholtz Recreation Area at Barnum Park.
Lion's Park is located on the City's south side between the Pine River and Michigan Avenue. The 3 acre park includes over 1,500 linear feet of river access and is surrounded by residential property. A newer addition to the park is a paved riverwalk for residents to enjoy.