Various institutions serve Southwest Garden. For a description of these community-based groups serving the neighborhood, check out the link to Organizations.
Three business associations cover parts of the neighborhood. The groups include The Hill Business Association, Hampton-Chippewa Business Association, and the South Kingshighway Business Association. The area is also served by three commercial district managers, each working closely with the respective business association. Commercial district managers provide technical assistance to all businesses, large or small, in dealing with any concern involving government response, review or assistance.
Area green spaces include Tower Grove Park, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Sublette Park. Tower Grove Park is the only municipal park in Missouri on the National Register of Historic Places. Per the will of the late Henry Shaw who donated the land to the City, the park is governed independently of the City Parks Department. The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operated public garden with on-site research facilities. Also part of Shaw’s former estate, the Garden remains one of St. Louis‘ most popular attractions. Sublette Park is a neighborhood park with tennis courts, a playground, baseball and soccer fields. Set on the highest point of the City, the park offers views of the Downtown skyline.
For recreation and reading, area residents are served by the South City YMCA and the Kingshighway Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. South City YMCA is a modern 45,000-square-foot facility, offering programs such as youth sports, swimming, gymnastics, fitness classes, a skate park, and day camps. The Kingshighway Branch replaces the original library branch opened in 1962. The new building is three times the size of the old, offering a collection of 40,000 items, computers and meeting space.
Community gardening and beautification groups are headquartered in the neighborhood, including Gateway Greening and Operation Brightside. Gateway Greening is a non-profit community gardening organization, specializing in gardener training. Operation Brightside is a non-profit offering anti-littering, graffiti removal and greening programs to improve neighborhoods and public gardens.
Neighborhood churches include The Journey Church and Southwest Church of the Nazarene. Schools within the neighborhood include Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Cleveland NJROTC High School, Bunche International Studies Middle School, and Meda P. Washington Educational Resource Center. Many schools are located just outside the neighborhood, including St. Ambrose Parochial, Tower Grove Christian, Shaw Visual and Performing Arts, Mason Elementary and St. Louis Charter School. Having an array of magnet, charter, regular public and private schools in the area afford area families an abundance of educational choices.