Tilles Park was created in 1957 by the City of Saint Louis. The $388,000 dollars necessary to purchase the 29-acres for the park was obtained by selling the original Tilles Park in Saint Louis County. Tilles Park in St. Louis City was extensively developed as a result of a 1955 bond issue and a study that showed that the city needed more open park space for its citizens.
Many of the surrounding homes and apartment complexes, including Hampton Gardens Apartment built in 1952, pre-date the park. Tilles Park features two playground areas, a roller hockey rink, 3 soccer fields, a soccer kick board, 3 softball/baseball fields, a basketball/volleyball court, 2 racquetball courts, 3 tennis courts, picnic pavilion, and stretching/exercise stations.
Tilles Park serves as the heart of the neighborhood and the park benefits from the care provided by its volunteers. The Tilles Park Neighborhood Association (TPNA) provides both events in the park for neighborhood residents and organizes volunteers to maintain various flower beds.