W.C. Handy Park

W.C. Handy park is 1 of 108 St. Louis parks. This 11.96 acre park was placed into ordinance in 1941 and and is located in

the Kingsway East neighborhood

.  Per the city website the park was dedicated as W. C. Handy Park on June 22, 1960 in honor of William Christopher Handy (1873-1958), the world renowned "Father of the Blues" and composer of the "St. Louis Blues" who was born in Florence, Alabama. (

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W.C. Handy spent time in St. Louis around 1893; enough time to inspire one of his best known works: "St. Louis Blues", one of the first blues songs to succeed as a pop song. The song was published in 1914 by Handy's own company. The song gained so much popularity that it inspired the dance step the Foxtrot.

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W.C. Handy Museum - Beale Street

The park is bordered by Lexington Avenue to the north, North Euclid to the west, Shreve Avenue to the east and Ashland Avenue to the south:

This park might just be the perfect size.  The homes that surround the park are among the most unique I've seen; check out these mid-century homes mixed in with the usual St. Louis classics.

Back to the park...there are 2 playgrounds, one for little kids and one for older kids.

There is a ball field and plenty of open space with a really nice walking/jogging path complete with work out stations/equipment.

The basketball court is in excellent condition and there is a horseshoe pit that needs rehabilitation of another use.

This part of the neighborhood is arguably the most stable.  It has a nice feel.  There were women jogging by themselves, always a good barometer of park safety/stability.

Does anyone know what the following once was?

There is a cool looking mid-century bathroom and utility building as well.

W.C. Handy park makes me think a 12 acre park might be the perfect size for a neighborhood park.