Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cherokee Park

Cherokee Park, dedicated in 1924, makes up 8.9 acres of St. Louis' total 2,956 acres of park space.


One of 4 parks that serves the beautiful neighborhood of Benton Park, Cherokee Park is in the shadow of I-55.


Lemp Avenue, Wyoming and Utah Streets and the Interstate easement outline the park.  Just south of Arsenal Street, this park affords good views of the historic Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery.


The homes that line Cherokee Park are classic Benton Park



The north side of the park has an area for bikes, leading into 2 softball fields.  Upon my visit there was a small group playing kickball.  There are some new understory trees planted below the larger, mature trees.  This looks great.





The vast majority of this park is really just grass from the outfields of both fields.

The exception is the southeastern section which is quite shaded with nice large and newly planted trees.  This section of the park has swings and a playground and a building with storage and bathrooms.  It was locked




This was just one of the parks that was kind of meh.  Having 3 kids, I am constantly running around to CYC soccer, baseball, etc.  Many of the games are in the county.  As I visit these parks with perfectly playable fields, I wonder why the city can't organize a youth sports league to compete with the every decreasing and consolidating Catholic population in St. Louis.  These baseball fields/soccer fields just seem to be moth-balled, lying in wait for a greater use.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The park doesn't have much to offer but it does provide great green space to play catch, fly a kite, play with your dog, etc. Having a small yard and living a few homes down, my kids and I use this park all the time to get sports practice in. It's a great alternative to Benton Park for sports activities......I see teams constantly practicing there bringing life to the area.