Located in the southern region of the City of St. Louis is the Lindenwood Park neighborhood and bounded by I-44 to the north, St. Louis Hills to the south, Northampton to its east and the St. Louis County municipalities of Maplewood and Shrewsbury to the west. At the time of the 2010 census, Lindenwood Park’s population was recorded at nearly 9,486 residents. Covering no more than 1.5 total square miles, the neighborhood gets its Lindenwood Park name from the sizable 14-acre park located within the region’s center. It is represented by two Aldermen sitting in the 16th and 23rd Ward.
Lindenwood Park’s origins began in the later portion of the 1700s when the area mainly consisted of sections of a large Spanish land grant from famous Midwestern engineer Charles Gratiot. Throughout the 19th century, the region was divided into large tracts use for a variety of traveling and remained almost unoccupied until development began during the first half of the 20th century. During Lindenwood Park’s extension, the names of the main streets within the neighborhood were dedicated to several noteworthy landowners. Prominent streets included McCausland Avenue (James McCausland) and Watson Road (Wesley Watson). More advancements for the area would occur throughout 1924 into 1937 with an abundance of new subdivisions, the formation of the Lindenwood Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) and the expansion of the 14-acre city park of Lindenwood Park in 1955.
Today, the neighborhood is mainly made of architecturally appealing brick and stone housing built during the 1930s to the 1950s.
Residents of Lindenwood Park are served by the St. Louis Public School District.
Since opening in 1955, Lindenwood Park is the center piece of the neighborhood in which it earned its moniker. Originally built as a bond issue, the park has grown over many decades and includes baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, an inline skating court, several playgrounds, covered pavilions and gazebos and plenty of luscious open space.
Popular activities within Lindenwood Park include the seasonal Movie in the Park, where locals gather to enjoy a movie under the stars with their own blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! Movies are shown during the summer early summer (generally in June) and early fall (generally in September). Another popular festivity at Lindenwood Park is the annual concert series Lindenwood Live which takes place on the last weekend of May. Residents can enjoy a full night of live music and an array of food trucks.
Several noteworthy food and treat spots within Lindenwood Park’s boundaries include Farmhaus, Vinnie’s Italian Beef & Gyros and Murray’s Shaved Ice.
Portions of River Des Peres Park also run into the southwestern area of Lindenwood Park as well.