Friends of Lucas Park is comprised of Downtown residents working to improve and beautify our
neighborhood park. We had a very successful 2012 with the installation of a new playground as well
as sod and some landscaping. In 2013 we completed the installation of a new sprinkler system, planted
landscaping throughout the park and installed fitness equipment for ages 5 and up! It was a busy 2 years
and now we are getting ready to open up the park for use. For more information please contact us at the email
on the side of the page. Thanks for checking out Friends of Lucas Park!

Monthly Park Clean-up

Our monthly park clean up will be Nov. 23rd from 9am-10am.  We will be focusing on raking up the fallen leaves as well as litter pick-up.  This will be our last clean up for the year so please make an effort to come lend a hand.

Halloween Costume Party Play Date

Join us on Saturday Nov. 2nd from 10am-12pm
in Lucas Park for a 
Halloween Costume Party Play Date
Let the kiddos wear their costumes one more time while they burn off some of their Halloween candy.

Time to Celebrate

One year ago tomorrow over one hundred volunteers gathered in Lucas Park to do something amazing. On that day a park was transformed and has become much more than a playground. It has become a meeting place for parents and a backyard to all of downtown. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated their time and money to bringing this much needed change to our neighborhood. Downtown St. Louis, join us to celebrate this morning from 10am-12pm. We will have face painting with Kristen from Thirteenth and Washington, story time with Miss Jonesey from Left Bank Books, games with the Downtown St. Louis YMCA, and of course snacks!

If you haven't yet check out our 2012 year in review to see this amazing transformation. 

Final Improvements Underway

Our final phase of improvements is currently underway.  The last bit of grading is being done before grass seed goes down.  We ask that you please stay off the newly seeded areas to allow grass to grow.  Once this grass is established next Spring, the fences will come down!

The Lucas Park playground is turning one! 
Join us on Saturday Sept. 7th from 10am-12pm.
We are going to celebrate with a play date, 
games from the Downtown St. Louis YMCA, 
storytime with Miss Jonesey from Storytime 
at Left Bank Books, face painting by Kristen at 
Thirteenth and Washington and of course snacks!

This Month's Neighbors' Afternoon Out

Bella’s Frozen Yogurt CafĂ© will be donating 

20% of sales to Friends of Lucas Park on 

Saturday Aug. 10th between 2pm and 5pm. 

Proceeds will go towards continued improvements
and ongoing maintenance in Lucas Park.

Free Workout Class this Saturday

Certified Personal Trainer Katie Drew will be hosting a free 
fitness class on the new fitness equipment in Lucas Park 
Saturday July 20th from 9am-10am

Learn how to use the equipment in a variety 
of ways to get an effective and safe workout. 

Class is open to anyone ages 5 and up. 
Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Don't forget to bring water and put on your sunscreen!


Park Work Days

Monthly park clean up days will be starting in August and will occur on the
 fourth Saturday of every month at 9:00am. 
We will be picking up litter, weeding, and addressing other maintenance items. 
They will hopefully last no more than an hour.  Please save the following dates:

Sat. Aug. 24th
Sat. Sept. 28th
Sat. Oct. 26th

*These dates are subject to change due to weather*

In the interim, please help keep our park clean 

and pick up litter when you see it. 

A very wise person once said,
"Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing will ever get better,
it's not."

                              -Dr. Seuss


We are looking to add more playdates in Lucas Park. Let us know what dates and times work for you. Email us your suggestions.

Thirteenth and Washington 1 Year Anniversary

Our neighbors to the north are celebrating their 1 year anniversary.  
The following children's events will be going on inside Lucas Park this Saturday from 12pm-3pm.
  • Three legged race
  • Sac race
  • Clothes pin tag
  • Egg carton race
  • Tug of war
There will also be lots of events taking place inside 
Thirteenth and Washington including a  
raffle with the proceeds going to Friends of Lucas Park.  

Go check it out!

Fitness Equipment Now Open!

I'd like to start off by thanking our wonderful volunteers who put in a very long day today getting the park cleaned up and the fitness equipment ready for use. Yes, the fitness equipment is now open for use! Please use the north east entrance to the park and pardon our mess. Grass seed will be planted this fall. Information about free fitness classes and monthly park clean ups will be coming soon.


 Prize to whoever can do the most pull ups :)

Installation Complete

Installation of the fitness equipment is complete!  Join us Saturday June 22 at 8:00am to help us clean up the park and prepare for the opening of the west side and the new fitness equipment.

Take a good look at these "before" pictures. After this week we should have our new fitness equipment installed and shortly ready for use!
(Grass seed to be installed later this Fall)


Park Work(out) Day

We are quickly approaching the fitness equipment build date and there is still some prep work to be done. Please come give us a hand on Saturday June 8th and 8:00am so we don't have to delay installation. Think of it as a free workout!

Please RSVP at so we are sure to have enough gloves and tools for everyone.


Blondie's Results

Last night we had a great turnout for the Blondie's Neighbors' Night Out.  Thank you to everyone who made it out and a big thank you to Blondie's for your very generous donation.  We were able to raise $500 which put us over our fitness equipment fundraising goal!  Look for work to be continuing in the park in preparation for the fitness equipment with the install coming mid June.  We hope to have it open and ready for your use by the end of June, weather permitting.

Major Landscaping Work Complete!

The major landscaping work is complete!  Thanks to all of our volunteers who have helped out with this effort, it was no small task.  We will have a maintenance day coming up in a few weeks so stay tuned.


Upcoming Events

Saturday July 13th - Pancake Breakfast

20% of all sales between 8am and 1pm will be donated to 
Friends of Lucas Park

Landscaping Phase 1 complete!

A huge thank you to Manchester United Methodist Church and our loyal downtown residents for all of your hard work today.  
The park looks amazing!


Fitness Equipment Coming Soon!

Friends of Lucas Park just received word that we are the recipient of another Let's Play Dr Pepper Snapple Group grant through KaBOOM!  This time for new fitness equipment.  This equipment will replace the old playground on the west side of the park and is suitable for ages 5 and up.  We are very excited to have something new for every age range in Lucas Park.  We hope to have the fitness equipment installed and ready for use early summer.  We will be offering free classes available for the public to get familiar with the new equipment.  You can help us raise the additional necessary funds to purchase this equipment by attending our monthly Neighbors' Night Out fundraisers.

KaBOOM! Play Academy

Due to the huge success of our playground community build last September, I have been asked to attend the KaBOOM! Play Academy this week in Washington DC to share our story and hopefully help others find ways build playgrounds in their community. A huge thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters who made this project the success it is!

Upcoming Events

We are so thankful to have the support of our local restaurants. 
Save the date for these upcoming Neighbors' Night Outs. 

                        March 5 - The Over/Under Bar & Grill 5pm-9pm
                        April 23 - Mosaic 6pm-8pm
                        May 7 - Robust® Wine Bar TBD
                        June 2 - Blondie's Coffee, Wine and Dessert Bar 5pm-7pm

First Neighbors' Night Out

Don't forget tomorrow night is our first Neighbors' Night Out at the Pi MX, 610 Washington Ave.  From 6pm-8pm (dine in or carry out) mention that you are there to support Friends of Lucas Park and 25% of your bill will be donated to our phase 2 improvements.  Hope to see you there!

In memory of Dr. Casimir 'Casey' Firlit

This tree was recently planted in Lucas Park in memory of Dr. Casimir ‘Casey’ Firlit, a fellow downtown resident and one who dedicated his life to helping children with complex problems become healthy and happy. This tree, located opposite the new playground, will provide shade from the afternoon sun and will stand as a symbol of his life long commitment to serving and protecting children.

To read more about Dr. Firlit and his life's work click here.

Our 3rd Neighbors' Night Out

We are very excited to announce that Mosaic will be hosting our 3rd Neighbors' Night Out on Tuesday April 23rd from 6pm-8pm.  25% of all sales will benefit Friends of Lucas Park.