Horses and People
There aren’t too many places in the St. Louis area where you can walk and see horses lazing in a paddock. But, there is one within a few minutes drive from my house and it’s a treat! Longview Park was a private family estate not too long ago. I would drive by and imagine how sweet life must be for the folks that owned this prime piece of real estate, complete with a huge paddock.
Little did I know the treat that was hidden from the view of passersby. There is a small but lovely pond on this property. The family donated (I think) this estate for the public to enjoy. Now, the family house is a meeting location. There is a playground and picnic area beside the barn which houses horses that are used for equine therapy. A sidewalk runs about a city block around this property and a few houses near it. Awaiting those on foot is the pretty pond at the bottom of a paved walk. There are benches, a fountain, two ‘observation’ decks, and some mulch trails that cut through the stand of woods that hide the pool from the street. Many of the trees are labeled and the area is partially landscaped and partly ‘natural’.
While one walks around the exterior of the park and its nearby neighbors, it’s easy to forget that the pond awaits you. Once inside the park, the trail travels steadily downhill to the ‘funnel’ where the pond is. The walk in the ‘funnel’ is nicely shaded, wide enough for traffic in both directions, and offers occasional seating and several foot bridges.
This has become our go-to walking destination when frequent rains have muddied the trails at Castlewood and other parks with trails we prefer to walk.