Land for the park at 2713 Frankston Highway was donated to the city in September by the estate of the late TB and Gladys Stewart, who were married 75 years. The gift also included the couple’s former home, which they built from scratch as newlyweds.
Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings said on Tuesday that the city recently hired a park consultant, Mark Spencer of MHS Planning and Design in Tyler. Spencer created the city’s open space 20 year master plan, Ms. Rollings said.
The city will pay Spencer $24,000 to design a park plan, she said. “But the first step is to get input from community leaders and then a neighborhood meeting will be scheduled,” Ms. Rollings said. Dates for meetings with community leaders have not yet been set, but she hopes to have a neighborhood meeting set in about 30 days, possibly at the Saint Louis Baptist Church.
Throughout their almost 75-year marriage, Stewart and his wife served as quiet cornerstones of the St. Louis community, extending a helping hand in countless, uncelebrated ways to family, friends and strangers alike.
Stewart worked for Roosth and Genecov as well as Maxine’s Ladies Shop in downtown Tyler; his wife taught 50 years for the Tyler Independent School District. Stewart died about three years ago at 99, about a year after his wife’s passing at 96.
There was an unveiling in October of the park sign, which may possibly be called the Stewart Family Park, although the space has not yet been officially named, Ms. Rollings said in October.