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On Saturday, May 20, 2017, families and friends enjoyed a variety of activities during the Opening Celebration event at the newly renovated Kiener Plaza, including live music and food trucks.
Newly Renovated Kiener Plaza Is a Winner for St. Louis
Families enjoyed exploring the new playground at Kiener Plaza.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 21, 2017 - On Saturday, May 20, from 11am to 6pm, families and friends enjoyed an opportunity to explore the new Kiener Plaza as part of an Opening Celebration event featuring food trucks, kids activities, face painting and live music from Acoustik Element, Boderline, Phiand Javier Mendoza presents Hobo Cane.
The new Kiener Plaza features the Courthouse Lawn (which can hold more than 2,000 people for concerts and events). More than 140 new trees and a shade garden provide a relaxing park setting for people to enjoy during their workday or visit. The park also includes a playground for kids of all ages and an interactive splash pad.
There are lots of seating, tables and benches for people to enjoy the fresh air, eat a meal or hold an event. Improved lighting and pedestrian connections, street parking for easy access to the park, and the return of the iconic Runner Statue with a new fountain and LED lighting make this area a winning destination.
The $23.7 million Kiener Plaza project is funded privately through the CityArchRiver Foundation and with Proposition P funding overseen by Great Rivers Greenway.
Southwest Airlines Will Begin Flights to Cancun in November
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 21, 2017 - Southwest Airlines has announced St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) will become its next international gateway with new service to Cancun, Mexico (CUN).
Southwest, in releasing its November through January 2018 operating schedule, set a start date for the Saturday round trip service between STL and CUN for November 11. The Airline has not released schedules beyond January 2018.
STL will be just one of 15 airports with international service on Southwest.
"There's been great growth and demand on Southwest in recent years and we're excited for this continued momentum with the addition of new international service," said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. "With the airline's great connectivity now to 44 domestic markets, we're optimistic this new flight will do well for both local and connecting travelers."
Southwest operates flights out of Terminal 2, which is also the designated location for customs and international arrivals. The Airport has been working with Southwest to renovate and re-open a 4-gate section (E34-E40) in Terminal 2, which will open in mid-June. Southwest is expected to immediately operate flights utilizing three of those new gates, adding to its other 13 gates. Southwest will operate nearly 110 daily departures from St. Louis this summer. That includes new service to Pensacola, FL (PNS) and Charleston, SC (CHS) beginning June 4.
Southwest also announced its November schedule will include an additional daily flight between St. Louis and both Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL) and Milwaukee, WI (MKE), bringing frequency up to two daily flights to those cities.
Area Government Leaders Sign Plan to Improve MetroLink Security
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 21, 2017 - The three elected government leaders whose jurisdictions fund Bi-State Development have signed a memo of understanding (MOU) codifying and outlining in detail the plan to improve MetroLink security that they have developed in cooperation with law enforcement and Bi-State.
The MOU - signed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson - has now been forwarded to Bi-State Development President and CEO John Nations for his signature.
The three leaders and their top law enforcement personnel met with Nations and three members of the Bi-State Board in recent weeks to discuss the steps to be taken to improve passenger safety on MetroLink. The plan developed focuses on a unified law enforcement command with greater officer presence and controlled access for the system. The MOU spells out the details of the plan and outlines the intentions and expectations, including specific responsibilities of each of the parties.
The plan creates a joint law enforcement task force with members from all three law enforcement agencies. The MOU spells out that specific staffing goals will be established by St. Clair County, St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis that will include an evaluation of roles, delineation of authority and establishment of oversight and accountability structures.
The MOU specifies that Bi-State will not decrease its level of publicly funded security services, rail-related safety personnel or contract safety personnel without the urging of the task force. It also specifies that Bi-State will not directly employ law enforcement officers and will only employ security officers.
The MOU states that the task force will be headquartered at a dedicated facility at 5977 Delmar Boulevard near the Delmar Loop MetroLink stop at Washington University. It also specifies that there will be improvement to citizen reporting capabilities and police radio communications. All MetroLink law enforcement personnel will be part of a unified police radio communication system that can receive 911 calls which will be used to dispatch law enforcement personnel. The MOU endorses 911 texting and working to bring the necessary technology to the MetroLink system.
The MOU also calls for the creation of a Transit Advisory Working Group consisting of prosecutors from St. Louis County, St. Louis and St. Clair County, law enforcement leaders from those three jurisdictions, representatives of Amalgamated Transit Union Local Number 788 and of Citizens for Modern Transit.
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