GET INVOLVED

Your Help Keeps the Square Vital and Vibrant

Volunteer to Help the Square

Volunteer

A Great Way to Help

So much of what people admire about the Square is made possible by the dedicated volunteers who live here. Everything from the fountain in the Plaza on Park Street, to the historic street signs, to the beautiful pillars that frame all the streets into the neighborhood are the result of private donations, membership dues, and volunteer labor.
We invite you to be part of the volunteer task force that keeps our neighborhood vital and blooming! No matter your talents, or the time you have available, your efforts will be welcome and appreciated.

 

 

 

Funds raised by the LSRC underwrite everything from major capital improvements and maintenance, to added safety measures, to supporting community service and outreach within the Square and adjoining neighborhoods. Opportunities include: 
 
  • Grant Writing
  • Commemorative Brick Program
  • Matched Giving Programs
  • Donor Communications

We cherish the natural and architectural beauty that surrounds us in The Square. It takes a village to maintain and enhance that beauty. Join us if you have a green thumb, are handy with a paint brush and tools, or simply want to join in the effort to keep The Square beautiful. Opportunities include: 
 
  • Green Spaces (Planting, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching)
  • Maintenance
  • Painting

Help us spread the word about The Square and all that it has to offer. Opportunities include: 

  • Email Campaigns
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • Article Writing
  • Web Site Maintenance
  • PR / Media Relations

 

We host a variety of annual and more frequent events for which we always welcome volunteers. Opportunities include:

  • Annual House Tour 
  • Movies
  • Concerts

 

We welcome those of you with legal, financial, accounting or other professional skills to volunteer. Opportunities include: 

  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Accounting

 

Those of us who live and work in The Square are part of a great community. We work hard to nurture and build that community, and we welcome your help. Opportunities include: 

  • Neighborhood Socials 
  • Block Captain Program
  • Capital Improvements
  • Neighborhood Development

Donation

Neighborhood Association (Lafayette Square Restoration Committee)

The Lafayette Square Restoration Committee (LSRC) is your neighborhood association! We are a not-for-profit organization, which seeks to facilitate the preservation and redevelopment of Lafayette Square, respecting its special historic character and enhancing its overall livability.

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Arts Council

We keep you entertained all summer long!

The mission of the Arts Council of Lafayette Square is to use visual and performing arts to connect the diverse socioeconomic communities of the greater St. Louis region. We will accomplish this by sponsoring a variety of events to encourage the exchange of ideas, collaboration with civic partners, and outreach to those who do not routinely have access to the arts. These actions will contribute to the revitalization of the city, strengthening of community bonds, and creating a lasting appreciation of the arts.

If you would like to help support the mission of the Arts Council through a donation of time, talent or funds, please see our donation or volunteer forms.

We appreciate your support!

Please check the Events Calendar for the latest information on our concert and movie schedule

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Conservancy

The Lafayette Park Conservancy (LPC) was founded in 2001, on the 150th anniversary of the creation of Lafayette Park in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and restore the park’s historic legacy, and to raise funds for those purposes.

Lafayette Park was originally part of the St. Louis Common, a public pasture established in the 1760’s. When the Common was broken up and sold in 1836, thirty acres were reserved as a public square.

Established by city ordinance in 1851, Lafayette Park is the oldest developed urban park west of the Mississippi River. Because the park was used to drill local militias in its early years, it became known as the Parade Grounds. During the Civil War the park served as a campground for Union troops.

Near the end of the war, Maximillian Kern, a renowned landscape architect, was appointed Superintendent of Lafayette Park. Kern’s designed a Victorian strolling park that featured free band concerts, swan boat rides, impressively maintained floral displays, and the Grotto.
The great tornado of 1896 devastated Lafayette Park and the surrounding neighborhood. While some families rebuilt, others moved further west.

The upcoming 1904 World’s Fair established Forest Park as the premier St. Louis park, hastening to the decline of Lafayette Park. Lafayette Square declined until the late 1960s when urban pioneers began to buy and restore its fine homes.

Today, Lafayette Square is one of the premier St. Louis neighborhoods. The restoration of Lafayette Park provides a beautiful and historically important focus for the area.