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Top Outdoor Basketball Courts In St. Louis

August 16, 2014 7:00 AM

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Have you heard rumors that some of St. Louis’s parks are doing away with basketball courts because neighbors worry that the sport attracts a “gangster” crowd? The good news, for basketball aficionados, is that some of the city’s nicest parks, large and small, are still offering open, outdoor courts. Whether you’re in the city or the county, you can still find a spot to enjoy some hoops with your friends. 
Tilles Park
Fyler Ave. and Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139

There are two Tilles Parks in St. Louis, one in the county and one in the city. The city park, on Fyler Avenue at Hampton, is the one with a basketball court. The park is small and simple, but friendly and well kept. It has the feel of a neighborhood park, and is a great place to shoot some baskets with friends. The park has a playground for children, lots of trees and great areas for dog walking and running.

Babler State Park
800 Guy Park Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 458-3813

When you’re in the mood to leave the city behind, Babler State Park is waiting for you. This park is large and wooded; in fact, it’s a popular spot for tent camping and hiking. Families can arrange horseback rides around the park. But it’s also a sweet spot for some b-ball in an unusual woodland setting. Bring a picnic or some burgers to grill at one of the picnic sites and spend the day enjoying this wilderness in the middle of West County.

Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 367-7275

Any time you ask the question “Where in St. Louis is a good place to…?” the answer is “Forest Park.” St. Louis’s biggest park is the best spot in the city to get active. If you get bored with basketball, you can explore the cricket fields or paddle a boat around on the lake. Other sports options include tennis, golf, hiking and paved trails for running, walking, biking or rollerblading. After your game, have a tasty bite to eat at the Boathouse and enjoy some live music on the patio. 

Related: Top Hiking Trails In St. Louis

Watson Trail Park
12450 W. Watson Road
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
(314) 849-3400

Watson Trail is another friendly, neighborly park, this time in Sunset Hills. The well-maintained basketball court is available from dawn to dusk. While you’re in the park, you should try the disc golf course (aka Frisbee golf). It’s unique and a favorite attraction of the park. A sand volleyball court is another unique attraction at Watson Trail. After you’ve played yourself out, cool off with a dip in the park’s swimming pool.

New Ballwin Park
329 New Ballwin Road
Ballwin, MO 63021
(636) 227-8580

Looking for a friendly neighborhood park out West? New Ballwin Park is a clean, sweet little greenspace in the County, and has four nice basketball courts. When you’re done shooting baskets, you can enjoy the walking paths, or play a little tennis or sand volleyball. Bring a picnic to share by the lake. The lake is stocked, by the way, so you can relax with a fishing pole after your b-ball game and picnic.

Related: Guide To A Long Weekend In St. Louis

Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at

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