In many ways, the term “eclectic mix” fits Maplewood. Its homes are a mix of classical housing styles, including older Victorians and "gingerbread" brick bungalows, and more modern condos and townhomes. Its school district prides itself on diversity and social responsibility. And its commercial district features a variety of independent shops and restaurants.
The story of Maplewood is a story of good old American entrepreneurship. Much of present-day Maplewood was part of a land grant to Charles Gratiot, a Swiss merchant who made a name for himself in the area. Well after his death, the town that had grown around his estate became home to the Sutton brothers, a pair of blacksmiths who first sold settlers on the idea of iron nails and locks for doors. In many ways, modern Maplewood has the same entrepreneurial spirit, with many new and independent shops and restaurants sprouting in the area.
Maplewood has direct access to highways 64/40 and 44, providing quick access to the St. Louis City and much of the county. Main streets Hanley Road/Laclede Station and Big Bend intersect Manchester Avenue within Maplewood.
Maplewood loves an excuse to get together. Annual events include the Sweet Tooth Tour and the Coffee Crawl (to show off local vendors of each, respectively), Taste of Maplewood, the Christmas Tree Walk, Let Them Eat Art, and Small Business Saturday. The Schlafly’s farmer’s market is also worth checking out.
The website for the city of Maplewood includes the motto “Shop Dine Bowl!” encouraging visitors to try the best of Maplewood. Besides a great mix of restaurants and shops around the area of Manchester Road, there are a number of places to try your hand at billiards, pinball, bowling, and more. In fact, Maplewood is home to the historic Saratoga Lanes, a second-story bowling alley touted as the “Oldest Bowling Alley in Continuous Operation West of the Mississippi”—and with all the vintage charm that phrase conjures.
The Maplewood Richmond Heights school district is one of the oldest school districts in the county, but don’t be fooled: it’s as progressive and modern as can be. Schools are proud to highlight a low student/teacher ratio, a farm-to-table cafeteria program, home visits for students and families, and more.
PARKS & REC
Maplewood Community Center and Family Aquatic Center 7550 Lohmeyer | Houses the Mid County YMCA Day Care Center, Monday thru Friday. Limited meeting room space available evenings and weekends. The state-of-the-art pool features an 8-lane 50-meter competition and leisure pool, lazy river, dual water slides, spacious bathhouse and concession stand.
Highland Park - Highland Terrace | Includes a 1-acre children's playground and a covered picnic table.
B. Green Athletic Complex - Dale Avenue | 5.5 acres with upgraded facilities. New retaining walls, basketball court renovation, and field drainage will occur as part of a municipal park grant. The complex includes two tennis and basketball courts, playground, restrooms, pavilion, and a lighted multipurpose soccer/baseball/softball field.
Central Park - Walter Avenue and Elm Avenue | 0.22 acres with a playground and picnic tables.
Deer Creek Park - 3200 Laclede Station Road | 11.1 acres with three pavilions, lighted soccer field, lighted baseball field, unlit softball field, playground, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and restrooms.
Greenwood Park - Kensington and Commonwealth | 0.23 acres with playground.
Junior High Park - 2400 Sutton | 5.04 acres with unlit softball field and 1/8 mile track.
Kellogg Park - Circle Drive and West Point | 1.15 acres with playground.
Lindbergh Park - End of Lindbergh Drive | 4 acres of open space, no amenities.
West Bruno Park - 7800 West Bruno | 0.6 acres with playground.
Yale Park - 2104 Yale Avenue | 0.34 acres with playground.
Zip Code: 63143
Hospital: St. Mary's
Connect: Maplewood, MO
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