PaSt Events

Celebrate Park Dedication and National "Kids to Parks" Day

Dedication of Shelley Welsch Park

May 20 | 11am 

6651 Chamberlain Avenue

Kingsland at Chamberlain Avenues

University City has followed a tradition of naming parks in recognition of the
commitment and contribution our mayors have made to develop and maintain our parks over the past 100 years. 

Bring family and friends to celebrate renaming Kingsland Park in honor of Shelley Welsch, who served as mayor from 2010-2018. 

We are also celebrating National Kids to Parks Day and Arbor Day!

Children are invited to join University City Forester Jacob Kaiser and U City in Bloom Director of Horticulture Jesse Gilbertson to help plant trees and prepare this park for the next 100 years.

Trees clean our air and water, provide habitat for wildlife, connect communities, and support our health and well-being. Our park staff works hard every day to ensure the enjoyment of our leafy parks for the next generation of UCitizens!

Photo Source: Municipal Arts and Letters Commission of University City

University City Public Art Series

Opening Reception

April 30 | Lewis Collective | 725 Kingsland

1:00 pm Opening

1:30 pm Opening Remarks

3:30 - 4:30 pm Installation Visit with the Artists

Working collaboratively with University City’s Municipal Arts and Letters commission, three undergraduate students in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts have installed art sculptures in three University City parks. Sunday’s reception will feature artists' talks and culminate in a walk to the nearby art installations in Heman Park, Ackert Park, and Lewis Park.  This year’s program was led by Arny Nadler, associate professor and sculpture area coordinator. 

Initiated in 1986, the collaboration between the Sam Fox School and the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters of University City is the longest-running partnership of its type in the U.S.

The University City Parks Centennial Committee,

The Green Center, and U City in Bloom invite you to

A Walk through the Ruth Park Woods

 April 16, from 1 - 4 PM


At 1 PM, Mayor Terry Crow will open the Centennial Year of the Parks with a ribbon cutting at the entrance and recognize all who have participated in the Parks’ Centennial Celebration and the restoration of Ruth Park Woods.


From 1:30 – 4 PM, enjoy a tour of the forest lead by knowledgeable

Woods Volunteers and learn more about this unique park.


View A Year in the Life of the Woods, a video created by Byron Sletten,

which will be continuously shown in the adjoining tent.

The entrance for this event is on the east side of the Ruth Park Golf Course parking lot on Groby Road. Woods guests are directed to park in the Brittany Woods Parking lot, 8125 Groby Road.  Please note:  If you intend to join a tour, bring a water bottle and wear walking shoes.  The 1.2-mile trail (2.4 miles out and back) is a work in progress, neither paved nor graveled, and requires sure footing.  If you would like to access an easier entrance for a shorter walk, please talk to one of our volunteer guides.