Rootwad Park in Missouri is Hidden Gem in St. Louis
I am not sure if you would consider this park in St. Louis a park, but a hidden gem not many people know of.
It sits abandoned at the edge of the Mississippi River and was started by a famous St. Louisin Bob Cassilly. A famous sculptor and entrepreneur who's been known for creating the City Museum and other parks throughout the city (Cementland). This abandoned park known as Rootwad Park sits right in the middle of industrial buildings (the Laclede Power Station and Cotton Belt Freight Depot) that once were open and productive in the city.
Cassilly was all about taking old things and refurbishing them into something new. You can see that through the City Museum. His favorite things to make were animals including turtles and hippos according to architecturalafterlife.com.
The park is not a big park and only has a few items in it, but you can see what Cassilly used to make items in the park. From ironwork to brick, and more he definitely put his stamp on this small park in St. Louis.
There are a few odd pieces in the park. I feel like this one is covered with eyes just starring out. It kinda freaks me out a bit.
It's sad to see the park just sit and lay abandoned, but people still do visit it at times, it's covered in graffiti everywhere. If you're on that side of STL and want to explore Rootwad Park it might be worth the drive to see what it looks like in person.