Whenever a neighborhood takes on a democratic and hard-earned process to establish a masterplan for their park, we take notice. As park lovers, it’s easy to imagine once this masterplan is completed that Clifton Heights Park could become a showplace, visited by people throughout the city.
This park has arguably the most unique topography in all of the city. It is in low lying land that looks up to the surrounding homes. The unconventional winding streets are not common for St. Louis where the recti-linear street grid rules in most of the city.
This neighborhood with its mix of larger frame Victorian style houses is quite unique for St. Louis. In fact, it reminds me of the small suburban city of Webster Groves, MO (pop. 22,989). The Victorian stylings seem to flow down through the park from the surrounding neighborhood creating winding walkways that all seem to lead toward the lake that is really the heart of the park.