Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association, St. Louis MO

Welcome to Southwest Garden!

URGENT UPDATE October 25, 2020:

*** 3rd Quarter General Membership Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 26, 2020 – POSTPONED Until Further Notice ***

Neighbors –  We had hoped to gather for our first neighborhood meeting since January, but with the increase in Covid-19 cases and particularly hospitalizations, we are cancelling the SWGNA meeting scheduled for Monday, October 26 out of an abundance of caution.   We will schedule a meeting when it is safe to do so.  In the meantime, the current board will stay active.  We are working on ideas to move our organization forward financially and increase community engagement.  This includes refining a list of committees to carry on the duties formerly handled by a paid director.  We will post those once they are ready.  We cannot stress enough that we need more of our neighbors to become involved on the board and neighborhood committees.  Our goals are many and we can only be successful with increased participation.  We live in a fabulous neighborhood – let’s all contribute to keeping it that way.

Prervious UPDATE October 11, 2020:

Mark your calendars for our 3rd quarter General Membership Meeting.  Here is a link to the agenda and instructions for attending either in person or via ZOOM virtually.

This is a very important meeting as we will be voting on new Board Members as well as discussing the future of our organization.  We are looking forward to your attendance and involvement!

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Southwest Garden Neighborhood Map

Southwest Garden is a large neighborhood just west of the Missouri Botanical Garden. We are located South of I-44, East of Hampton, and west of Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden. We are less than 10 minutes from downtown, St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, the primary BJC HealthCare campus, and Forest Park.

Southwest Garden is composed of several diverse sections that include large and gracious private homes, some of the City’s most architecturally significant apartment buildings, as well as tidy bungalows, and Sublette Park, the highest geographical point in the City of St. Louis. Call the Southwest Garden Neighborhood office at (314) 772-6082 for more information, or browse the site to learn more about our neighborhood!

Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association
(SWGNA) is the resident-based volunteer neighborhood association that works for neighborhood improvement. SWGNA’s neighborhood improvement objectives include but not limited to:

  1. Coordinate beautification of neighborhood corridors, gateways and community gardens.
  2. Coordinate block unit organizational meetings and communicate with area public safety officials to abate nuisance properties and criminal activity.
  3. Coordinate with residents on improving the quality of life in the neighborhood.

The association holds four quarterly general membership meetings the fourth Monday of January, April, July and October. The 2020 meeting schedule is:

  Date Time Location Focus
April 27 7:00 PM St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal   Membership Meeting
July 27 7:00 PM St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal Agenda TBD
October 26 7:00 PM St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal Agenda TBD

The doors open at 6:30 PM and the meetings start promptly at 7 PM. You need not be a member to attend, though membership starts at the low price of $6 a year ($10 for Single, $20 for Family, $25 for Business, $6 for Individual 65 and over). Please attend and bring a neighbor or friend as a lot of valuable information is exchanged about the neighborhood and the city. Meeting times and locations will be verified on this website as the date approaches. Major annual activities sponsored by the association:

    • The Annual George and Sandy Grbac Heroes Appreciation Day, T.B.A.
    • Fall Planting Projects, 2nd and 3rd weekends in October
    • Annual Trivia Night,  1st quarter spring

The Communicator is SWGNA’s quarterly newsletter distributed to all neighborhood residents. Residents interested in joining the association may contact our office at (314) 772-6082. Click here for the latest edition of the Communicator. SWGNA Board of Directors The Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss issues concerning neighborhood improvements. Board meetings start at 6:30 PM at the SWGNA office located at 4950 Southwest Avenue, just west of South Kingshighway. Meetings are held monthly on the first Monday of every month, except August.

Office (Term Expiration) Name
President (4/2021) Chuck Fuhry
1st Vice President (4/2020) Jana Scharnhorst
2nd Vice President (4/2021) Julie Sjuts
3rd Vice President (4/2020) Steve Ganassin
Recording Secretary (4/2021) Allen E. Jackson
Corresponding Secretary (4/2020) Open
Treasurer (4/2021) Barbara Beck
1st Member-At-Large (4/2021) Brian Hofmeister
2nd Member-At-Large (4/2020) David Kren
Executive Director (Undefined) Vacant

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