Welcome to DutchtownSTL’s home for all things Marquette Park. We’ll keep you up to date on everything happening in the park, at the Marquette Recreation Center, the Field House, and at Thomas Dunn Learning Center.

Located in the northern portion of Dutchtown, Marquette Park sits on 17 acres that straddle Compton Avenue between Osage and Gasconade Streets. It is the largest park in the Greater Dutchtown area. The park was established in 1915 on the site of the former House of Refuge orphanage.

Amenities

The pool at Marquette Park.

Marquette Park Pool

Marquette Park is home to the South Side’s largest outdoor public swimming pool. The pool was refurbished and reopened in the summer of 2015. More recently, Allies of Marquette Park, a group affiliated with DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown, has raised $7,000 for new furniture at the Marquette Park Pool. They have also lobbied city officials to remove the barbed wire from the fence around the pool to promote a more welcoming environment.

Children playing soccer at Marquette Park in Dutchtown.

Soccer at Marquette Park

A full-size soccer field occupies the western portion of Marquette Park. On weekends, large groups of players from all corners of the globe take over the field for some informal competition. During the fall, the City Rec League operates soccer programs for neighborhood youth. Allies of Marquette Park are working to develop partnerships to improve the quality of the soccer facilities and promote soccer at Marquette Park.

The Marquette Park Field House at sunset. Photo by Nick Findley.

The Marquette Park Field House

Recently renovated, the historic Marquette Park Field House sits atop a hill on the western side of the park. The Field House can be rented for events by calling the St. Louis Parks Department at (314) 289-5300.

Other Amenities

In addition to the pool, Marquette Park features three tennis courts, a softball diamond, and a large playground. The park contains extensive green space, and the hill upon which the Marquette Park Field House sits provides spectacular views of Dutchtown.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center at Marquette Park in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis. Photo by Paul Sableman.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Located in the southeast corner of the park at Gasconade and Minnesota, Thomas Dunn Learning Center was established in the park in 1991. Thomas Dunn offers classes and activities for all ages, offering an open art studio, demonstration kitchen, library, and computer labs. You can find classes and events at Thomas Dunn Learning Center here on DutchtownSTL.org.

Marquette Recreation Center at Marquette Park in the Dutchtown neighborhood of St. Louis.

Marquette Recreation Center

The Marquette Rec Center, on the east side of the park facing Minnesota Avenue, houses indoor basketball courts, as well as activity rooms and locker room facilities for the pool. Thomas Dunn Learning Center and the South Side Youth Council recently partnered to open The Place, a youth drop-in center located upstairs in the Rec Center.

July 2020 Dutchtown Movie Night in Marquette Park. Photo by Ben Robinson of Billionaire Royalties.

Movie Nights at Marquette Park

During the summer, DT2 and other sponsors bring Dutchtown Movie Nights to neighborhood families on a 22-foot inflatable big screen. Neighbors spread out across the hill in front of the Field House to get community resources, grab snacks from food tucks, and take in a family-friendly movie at dark.

For more information on Dutchtown Movie Nights at the park and elsewhere in the neighborhood, visit dutchtownstl.org/movienight.

Crowds gather at the 2017 Common Sound Festival in Marquette Park in Dutchtown, St. Louis.

Common Sound Festival

Dutchtown South Community Corporation hosts the Common Sound Festival in the park every autumn. The festival features music and dance from around the world, along with food and vendors from all over. The annual festival takes place on Compton Avenue in the middle of the park.