Kiener Plaza had its time in the spotlight and then quickly went into a dead space. The amphitheater became worn and of no value really. It was like being in someone's dirty basement, with no breeze to be found. It was almost like being in a BBQ pit at times.
NOW, fully revitalized, it sings praises again with multi-use areas. Water features, new plantings and the "pit" is no longer there. Instead, there is a uniquely patterned paved area that ties all of the elements together, along with an egg shaped lawn area to rest on a blanket.
The newly added playground for children was full of fun for many on the day I was there. It was exciting to see children playing in the CITY!
The beautiful "Runner" sculpture is back in it's new home and proud as can be. It gives the entire area a sense that it's familiar, but yet new and inviting. I'm so excited to see how the downtown area is taking advantage of all of the green space, and finding interesting ways to tie downtown west to the Arch grounds. You can see that all of the planning is paying off.
My only complaint is parking. The City really needs to think about what they're going to do with access, if you're not able to walk to the various destinations. It's really pathetic to have no real solution for parking, and to basically extort payments via meters. AND, they limit the time you can use them, basically inviting you to only stay in downtown for a short period. Not very wise. THUS, the 4 stars!
Hopefully this new "park" will grow and become more of a destination, as others realize it's alive and well again in downtown. The recent DNA "Taste of St. Louis" provided a great opportunity to see how it can be leveraged in the coming years!
Go out and enjoy!
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