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Rodes Park and Deer Creek Preserve
Our Club has a long history of helping beautify lovely little Rodes Park at the corner of Ladue and Warson Roads. For many years our members have planted a myriad of daffodil bulbs with the help of Jason Delaney, and we have traditionally planted a dogwood tree in memory of GCSL members whom we have lost. Now, the City of Ladue, with participation from GCSL and Ladue Garden Club members, is undertaking a longer-term plan for Rodes Park, including a bridge, paths, benches, and native plantings. As the shape of its implementation becomes more clear, we will resume our work in this beloved oasis. Contact Nancy Ylvisaker and the Conservation Committee for more information.
In 2022, with participation from both the GCSL and the Ladue Garden Club, the City of Ladue converted the former Ladue mulch site into the Deer Creek Preserve. Significant funding has been obtained to transform this 14 acre site along the Deer Creek, adding paths and creek overlooks, and the first phase should be complete in late 2023. The second phase, which will connect the Preserve to downtown Ladue with sidewalks, will take place in 2024. Ultimately, this preserve will be connected into the Great Rivers Greenway, with trails from the Preserve to Tilles Park.
The City has also created a memorialization program with options for trees and benches at both parks. We are evaluating what options our members prefer.
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