The Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, located in north Saint Louis, Missouri, is a developing, energized neighborhood with a solid plan that is renovating and rejuvenating their community. The community has easy access to the lifelines of Saint Louis: Highways 40 and 70.
The Herbert Hoover Boys Club plays baseball on the edge of history. Old Sportsman Park was home to the St. Louis Browns until 1920 and the St. Louis Cardinals until they moved to the Anheuser-Bush Memorial Stadium in 1966. Though the old stadium has been torn down, the Boy’s Club ball field is on the lot where it once stood, according to Baseball Statistics.com.
Columbia Elementary Community Education Center is there to educate the younger children in the neighborhood. The school also offers GED programs, crisis intervention and counseling programs for adults
Vashon High School, first occupied in 2002, replaced a building with quite an alumni list, including professional sports players and entertainers. Football players Will Franklin and Morris Towns, boxers Henry Armstrong and Devon Alexander, baseball player Elston Howard, and basketball player Anthony Bonner are all evidence of the talent that has lived in Jeff-Vander-Lou and attended the local high school. Singer/songwriter Donny Hathaway, known for a much-loved duet with Roberta Flack, and world-class jazz player Clark Terry grew up here. California representative Maxine Waters is another famous alumnus from Jeff-Vander-Lou.
Jeff-Vander-Lou features two small parks — Rumbold Park and Yeatman Square Park. Both parks offers residents a playground, softball field, and a combination basketball court. Just across Natural Bridge Road is the spacious Fairgrounds Park. Built on the old St. Louis Fairgrounds, there is a nine-acre lake stocked for fishing, lit ball fields, a swimming pool, a skating rink, and tennis courts.