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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), August 30, 2019 -The Great Rivers Greenway has selected KAI Build as the general contractor for The Katherine Ward Burg Garden project, the first step in a plan to redevelop the St. Louis City Riverfront in historic Laclede's Landing.
Great Rivers Greenway is a public agency dedicated to making the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways and parks.
The urban park, planned for a half-acre vacant lot adjacent to historic Eads Bridge, memorializes local professional photographer Katherine Ward Burg who was known for taking pictures of many prominent St. Louisans and who loved the Mississippi River.
Plans for the garden include: wood performance deck, wood deck steps, River Birch tree grove, ood top seat wall, concrete wall sign, perforated metal screen wall, aluminum trellis with hanging chairs, sloped sidewalk and plaza concrete pavers
A ribbon cutting was held on July 2 for the Lucas Avenue street reopening at the south end of Laclede's Landing from 2nd Street. The street will give access to The Katherine Ward Burg Garden. Construction of the park is expected to take about seven months.
Experience St. Louis History at Laclede's Landing
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Laclede's Landing - In 1763, a French fur trapper named Pierre Laclede, along with Auguste Chouteau, set out from New Orleans to explore the Illinois Country to establish a trading post.
In 1764, he chose the west bank of the Mississippi River, north of the River des Peres and south of the Missouri River. In 1784, the site was cleared and temporary cabins were built. Laclede named the settlement St. Louis in honor of the patron saint of the king of France.
The village of St. Louis contained three streets: La Grande Rue, now First Street; Rue d'Eglise, now Second Street; and Rue des Granges, now Third Street. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods.
Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants and sidewalk cafes in Saint Louis. Visitors to Laclede's Landing can experience the charm of cobblestone streets and century old brick and cast iron facade buildings as they browse through specialty gift shops.
Directions: Laclede's Landing is located between I-70 and the Mississippi River and tucked comfortably between the landmark Eads Bridge and the Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge, just north of the Gateway Arch, and east of the America's Center & Dome.
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