America’s urban parks renewal

Neal Peirce of the Seattle Times has written an op-ed piece about the reawakening of America’s urban parks stating that

if there were ever a bonanza decade for America’s parks, this is surely it. Add stunning new parks in Boston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver and Santa Fe, plus the success of conservancies in revamping great old parks in such cities as Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

Peirce reviews various new urban parks in America including the Citygarden in St.Louis, Highline in New York and he also cites Harnik(parks expert for the Trust for Public Land) as saying

the 2004 opening of the Millennium Park in Chicago had the biggest impact on the American parkland scene since New York’s great Central Park opened in 1873.

A great piece that gives some insight into America’s urban park renewal – read the opinion piece at the
SOURCE: Seattle Times – The human-scale reawakening of America’s urban parks


Highline in New York


Citygarden in St.Louis – Flickr Image: Stannate

Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development – STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com reports

The public’s embrace of the Citygarden sculpture park is helping push more work on the Gateway Mall, the 16-block strip between the Old Courthouse and Union Station.

Citygarden has been open for a little more than two weeks and remains a hit with visitors drawn to the nearly three-acre park of sculptures, tree-lined paths and fountains.

Tricia Roland-Hamilton, director of the Gateway Mall Project, said Citygarden was prompting skeptics to re-evaluate their opinion of the Gateway Mall as an endeavor whose time would never come.

read more at the SOURCE: STLtoday.com – Citygarden’s popularity boosts Gateway Mall development

Also read our previous post about Citygarden

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Citygarden opens in St.Louis

Flickr Image: Stannate

Citygarden is a new park with a twist in St.Louis, unlike other parks it’s not just a green and lush landscape, it  incorporates art with the landscape.  A landscape that features fountains and pools, a waterfall, places to sit and a café.

A garden for residents and city workers to relax during the day, take a evening stroll or have a weekend coffee with the morning newpapers.

The garden occupies the two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets. The two blocks, which are owned by the City and cover 2.9 acres, are part of the Gateway Mall, a 19-square block spine of green space that stretches mostly uninterrupted for a little more than a mile from Broadway to 21st Street. The space is framed to the east by St. Louis’s world-renowned Gateway Arch and its historic Old Courthouse.

The City of St. Louis and Gateway Foundation announced in June, 2007 that they would partner in creating the garden. The City owns the garden improvements and will continue to own the land. Its only expenses will be for water and electricity. The not-for-profit Gateway Foundation is providing the funding — an estimated $25-$30 million, covering design and construction and front-end “soft costs” such as financing, anticipated expenses for security and insurance, etc. The cost of the sculpture, which is and will remain owned by the foundation, is separate. Going forward, Gateway Foundation will pay for all costs of Citygarden except water and electricity.

Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the Charlottesville, Va.-based landscape architectural firm that prepared the plan for the garden. Ten St. Louis-based firms supported Nelson Byrd Woltz in the design process, including Studio Durham Architects, which designed the cafe. BSI Constructors served as the general contractor.

Image SOURCE: Gateway Foundation

Also watch the great video at St.Louis Today with Warren Byrd who speaks about the project and the role of  Nelson Byrd Woltz in the project.

 

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