From Pocket Parks to Our Beloved Forest Park Author Carver Chronicles 600 Parks of St. Louis

A new book by Nancy Carver, Discovering Public Parks in St. Louis, Missouri, has put hundreds of St. Louis County and St. Louis City parks in one combined reference place. The details of each park are included and readers get a glimpse into elements, such as the history, sculptures, amenities, special features, size, location, and little-known facts about each park. The book is comprehensive and incorporates all parks, whether federal, state, city, county, or neighborhood.

“Only three other major cities have more parks than St. Louis City and County combined. Only three other major cities have a signature park with more visitors than our Forest Park.”

Carver shares insights with Don Corrgian about her new book, and how St. Louis parks and the parks system developed, and why St. Louis should be considered a premier city with access to numerous local parks and green spaces.

Listen to the interview below.


Find the book:

Discovering Public Parks in St. Louis can be found at The Novel Neighbor bookstore, located at 7905 Big Bend Blvd, Webster Groves, Mo.
For more information, visit

The books also benefit Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, which donates and plants trees in public parks. Get the book with a $10 donation at

About the Editor: Nancy Carver authored two other books, Talk with Tilles and Making Tracks:  The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St Louis, 1767-1905.  She is the niece of Cap Andrew Tilles, who donated Tilles Park to the city long before there was a county park system.

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