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The Honorable Mayor Henry C. Berghoff appointed the first Board of Park Commissioners in 1905. The following members were confirmed by city council on June 6: Oscar W. Tresselt, David N. Foster, Joseph M Singmaster, and Ferdinard Meier.

Ferdinand Meier was elected president and the board entered upon the discharge of its duties, taking over from the Board of Public Works.
Click on the time period of interest for history highlights or check out the history index.
1800-1899 1900-1920 1921-1950 1951-1970
1971-1979 1980-1985 1986-1990 1991-1997
1998-2000 2001-2003 2004-2012  

 

If you are conducting research on the history of the Park and Recreation Department, you may find the index that is listed below helpful to you. The index lists the particular facility or park and the different years it is referenced in the above history section.

By Park/Facility  
Botanical Conservatory 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005
Community & Senior Centers 1947, 1949, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1997
Foellinger Theatre 1949, 1975, 1976, 1994, 1998
Foster Park 1912, 1916, 1922, 1928, 1946, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1997
Franke Park 1921, 1946, 1952, 1958, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2006
Freimann Square 1970, 1973, 1981
Headwaters Park 1994, 1996
Historic Old Fort & River Cruise 1863, 1979, 1998
Hurshtown 1986
Japanese Gardens 1928, 1942, 1980
Jennings (formerly McCulloch) Center 1991
Johnny Appleseed Park 1992
Kreager Park 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998
Lakeside Park 1908, 1921, 1928, 1993, 1997, 2006

Lawton (formerly Northside) Park

1866, 1900, 1918, 1947, 1978, 1982
Lindenwood Nature Preserve 1976, 1987, 1994
Main Office 1957, 1972, 1980
McMillen Park, Ice Arena 1937, 1948, 1956, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1984, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2006
Memorial Park 1918, 1948, 1982
Northside Park 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1996
Rivergreenway 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987
Salomon Farm Park 1995, 1997, 2006
Shoaff Park 1955, 1958, 1996
Swinney Park 1869, 1875, 1893, 1905, 1930, 1955, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996
Weisser Park 1908, 1949, 1998
Zoo 1962, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2006
Amusement Parks 1917, 1919
Other Community Parks 1876, 1880, 1886, 1908, 1918, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1968, 1965, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Miscellaneous

Organization of Department 1894, 1905, 1923, 1973, 1978, 1981, 1987, 1988
Leadership 1914, 1917, 1941, 1953, 1990, 1999
Philosophy & Marketing 1915, 1963, 1973, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
Planning 1974, 1979, 1988, 1994
Forestry & Land Use 1967, 1979, 1990, 1994
Renaming of facilities 1900, 1942, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1994
Laws & Policies 1911, 1917, 1955, 1974, 1976, 1979
General Funding 1927, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1994
Awards & Recognition 1978, 1980
Special Events 1954, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1975, 1979
City Collaborations 1961, 1963, 1972, 1974
Conference 1969, 1974, 1979, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1997
Youth Programs 1945, 1967, 1970, 1975, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Foundations 1972, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001
Fires & Natural Disasters 1971, 1972, 1978, 1982, 1995, 2003
Studies & Research 1895, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2000

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