Kirkwood was formed in the 1870s as a residential suburb. Soon after it was created, it became a coveted district with a variety of upscale boutiques, art galleries, and retail shops. However, the neighborhood didn’t become as popular as it is today until the 1990s. In addition to its healthy economy, Kirkwood also has great school systems, easy to access public transportation, and a very low crime rate. These factors alone make Kirkwood a fantastic place to raise a family.
The most impressive part of Kirkwood is its four beautiful, public parks; Gilliam Park, Coan Park, Bessie Branham Park, and the Kirkwood Urban Forest and Community Garden. The Gilliam Park provides the perfect location to enjoy green spaces and to find serenity. Coan Park features a variety of athletic fields that residents often enjoy. Bessie Branham Park is often visited so residents can enjoy athletic competitions, a playground, recreation center, and many other activities as well. The Kirkwood Urban Forest and Community Garden is a seven acre park that has shaded public spaces and a fantastic botanical garden.