I don’t know for sure, but my gut tells me these are the work of Great Rivers Greenway which has a bike trail terminus right in the park.
The new-ish stone signs on the key entrances to the park also look great and show passers by and park users that investment is taking place. This 1875 beauty isn’t going anywhere…it’s only getting better.
I also noticed “bird habitat” on the signs. This is near the old bear pits, and talking to a resident in the area, I found out that the park received a grant from the Audubon Society to build more habitat for birds. This is great news as the Tower Grove Park section near Kingshighway and Magnolia has evolved brilliantly in the last several years, providing an oasis, woods, grasslands, and a private space for animals of all kinds.
It is a fantastic, well-managed area and it is encouraging to see Carondelet Park attempting the same goals.
Great Rivers Greenway in collaboration with the St. Louis Audubon Society have even hosted beginner bird watching tours…a start to a promising future for nature lovers.
Also noticed on this quick visit was the closure of the amazingly cool railroad track bridge near the mulch pits/recycling area. I am intently curious on what is going on.
I reached out to the Alderwoman in the area and will hopefully provide and update if she responds.
Man, Carondelet Park looks better than it ever has in my 20+ years living in St. Louis.
Keep up the good work, neighbors and fellow citizens, your hard work is a joy for those love this city.