For some of us, it was hiding in plain sight for the past six or seven years.
It's yet another park, and there's a bank sitting in the center of it.
It's theat 13701 Olive Boulevard, across from
That's right, the park is not just the the huge rock pile with the cascading water, along Olive Boulevard at the River Valley Drive traffic signal with bench, flower bed, green grass—and the big sign that reads: William F. Dierberg Meditation Park.
The two-acre park surrounds Montgomery Bank on three sides, up over the hill from Olive Boulevard and the fountain, and includes walking paths, more benches, a butterfly garden, open green space, and the fountain.
Not much in the way of shade there yet, but young trees are in the ground.
The city got the park property in about 2006 from the Dierbergs, a family known in Chesterfield (and elsewhere) for their grocery stores and banks.
A workerexplained that the bank was built on the property seven years ago, after being located elsewhere in Chesterfield for a previous seven years.
The next thing they knew, the remainder of the property was turned over to the city for a park. It was not immediately clear whether the city purchased the property or it was donated. Chesterfield Patch is checking with the city on that.
Whilenearly across Olive Boulevard from the park and a at Woods Mill Road, the park property at one time was apparently intended for another Dierbergs building, the Montgomery Bank employee said.
According to history online, William F. Dierberg was in banking by 1910; William F. Dierberg Jr. by 1945, and James F. Dierberg by 1966. The park appears to be named for the 1910 W.F. Dierberg.
Have you used the city park for meditation, or intend to? Did you know it was a city park, or anything about the fountain? Did you see the fountain being built? Comments below.
Editor's note: For the past six years, I assumed the William F. Dierberg Meditation Park was only the fountain (with bench) and that it belonged to Montgomery Bank. Sitting at the red traffic light on Olive, I frequently thought: "That bank must have spent an awful lot on that monumental fountain." Instead, it belongs to us, the City of Chesterfield. A nice addition, in my book.