Compton Hill Reservoir Park

Overview and amenities for Compton Hill Reservoir Park

Compton Hill Reservoir Park steps
Compton Hill Reservoir Park steps by Mark Groth


The water tower, built as superstructure for Stand Pipe No. 3 in 1899 after a Romanesque design by Harvey Ellis, is a South Saint Louis landmark. The tower quickly became a favorite spot from which to view the City, and remains so today with limited public hours for the public to tour and climb to the top. The structure consists of a stone base, with a brick shaft that rises 179 feet with a total of 198 steps.

Located at Grand and Russell Avenues on the east side of the street, the large reservoir wall was designed by Guy Study. The arrangement of steps and wall fountains is in the manner of those in the gardens of Italian villas. Two bronze tablets on either side of the steps on the west wall give all of the historic information about the reservoir.

During the 1930's, the reservoir was covered with a concrete roof upon which tennis courts were placed in use until World War II. Balustrades and two large fountain basins on either side were added the following year and the massive head by Architects Roth and Study was designed in the west retaining wall.

Park Hours

Park hours are from 6am - 10pm.

Water Tower Hours

Public hours for touring and climbing to the top of the water tower differ from general park hours. The Water Tower is open to the public as follows:

  • On the first Saturday of each month between April to November,
  • On the evening of each full moon between April and November,
  • On the days indicated above, the tower opens at 5:30pm. Closing times may vary - see website for details.

Saturday and Full Moon viewing information is availalble at the events calendar on the Water Tower Foundation Website.


The Water Tower is available for reservations in some cases by calling 314-552-9000.  

Dog Park

The east side of the park has a dog park available to members:

  • The Water Tower Dog Park, Inc. (“WTDP”) is a Missouri nonprofit corporation established to construct, maintain and operate the dog park facilities located in Compton Hill Reservoir Park.. (“WTDP”) is a Missouri nonprofit corporation established to construct, maintain and operate the dog park facilities located in Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

The Dog Park membership is separate from the Water Tower & Park Preservation Society membership.

For more information about the Dog Park ONLY call 314-865-2374 ask for Richard.

Ordinance Year: 1867

Size: 35.80 acres

Park Type: City Park

Maintained By:
Parks Division

Related Neighborhoods
Compton Heights

Related Wards
Ward 6

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