Lewis Park - Nice Community Park In UCity

3 stars Review Philosophy

Lewis Park Takeaway. The "Big Pond Park". Small, community-based park. Some of the best sledding in town. Two playgrounds with basic slides. One for older kids. One for longer kids. Not "Playground Complete," I don't think your kids will make it an hour. Standard swing set. Kids like to run around in the woods and fields. Parking is inconvenient at best and difficult when sledding. The biking frog in the bog is baller. No pavilion. No bathrooms except for the woods, which we've used a lot. Tip: Be careful with younger kids near the pond.


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Lewis Park Fountain From Playground

Details

  • 7001 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130
  • (314) 505-8620
  • Website
  • Yelp - 4.4 stars - 5 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.7 stars - 135 ratings

Hours

DayHours
Monday5 AM–10:30 PM
Tuesday5 AM–10:30 PM
Wednesday5 AM–10:30 PM
Thursday5 AM–10:30 PM
Friday5 AM–10:30 PM
Saturday5 AM–10:30 PM
Sunday5 AM–10:30 PM

Map


Lewis Park Experience Summary

Lewis Park is a community-based park near the corner of Delmar Blvd and Big Bend in UCity. It's best utilized by the houses and people living nearby. Even though it's on Delmar, it's not easily accessible when traveling by car.

It has three main sections:

The hill and field are perfect for sled riding. We've been each winter because our friends live directly across the street. There's a smaller hill for younger kids and a bigger hill for older kids and adults.

Lewis Park Fountain From Playground

The pond seems like the place I'll love when my kids are in college, and I can stop and actually take it in. The frog riding a bike statute in the middle will play tricks on your mind and be the most memorable takeaway.

And, lastly, you'll find the playgrounds on the far side of the park, closer to the neighborhood. It's a perfectly adequate playground if you visit with friends, but I wouldn't drive here without purpose.

It's essential to keep an eye on your kids at all times here, as small potential dangers lurk about. You must watch out for Delmar, the pond, and a couple of ledges along the way.

Lewis Park Signage

I'm not saying it's dangerous, as my kids have never had a problem in the half dozen times we've been here, but please put your phone in your pocket.

Lewis Park Playground Breakdown

Main Playground

The older kid's playground is built around one tunnel slide. While it has a half dozen or so ways up to the central platform, the lack of creativity in getting down makes it a bit boring for older kids pretty quickly.

That is, unless they are old enough to scale the outside of the tunnel up to the top, then it has more pop for longer.

Lewis Park Main Playground

I'd say the ideal age for that playground is three-and-a-half to seven.

With one twisty slide and one straight slide, the younger kids' playground seems fun for little friends, but the ladders to get up require adult supervision. That makes it less desirable to come with kids under three.

Lewis Park Little Kids Playground

Other Apparati

The only other major apparatus is a swing set with two baby swings and two regular swings.

The minor apparati include two rocking chairs for little kids and a brick ledge.

Brick ledge?

Yep, there's a brick ledge as far south as you can go that my sons have traversed dozens of times. Significantly wider than a balance beam, minding the gap in the middle of the ledge makes for fun jumping.

Lewis Park Amenities And Miscellaneous

Lewis Park sledding

The biggest draw to Lewis Park, besides the frog in the bog, is the sledding. The picture doesn't do it justice, but that hill is excellent for older kids and adults. To the left (east) is a bunny hill for little kids.

It gets super crowded during sledding, so try to go on an off time if you can. Or make friends with the people that live across the street; that's what we did.

Other than that, the most notable amenity is the lack of amenities. There's no pavilion for parties or bathrooms for peeing.

So be ready to pee in the woods.

Or, again, make friends across the street for access to their bathroom. That's the only reason we're friends with them.

Parking At Lewis Park

Lewis Park parking

The playground is as far from Delmar as possible, so the closest parking is in the neighborhood behind the back. We usually go down Yale, bear left at the fork, and then park at the secret walkway entrance.

For sledding, you want to park on Delmar as close as you can to the park. Delmar is busy, and when you're sledding, there's snow, so be careful with little ones.

Lewis Park Receipt

Lewis Park Receipt

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