Rod Barnett, professor and chair of landscape architecture, has received a $20,000 grant from the Whitaker Foundation to support the St. Louis Parks Project.
Though some of the city's 109 parks, such as Forest Park and Tower Grove Park, are thriving, others include languishing sports fields, small neighborhood green spaces, and underutilized historic areas. The St. Louis Parks Project aims to modernize and improve individual parks while also reimagining them as part of a larger aesthetic, cultural, environmental, and recreational system.
The first phase of the project, which began last fall and continues through this spring, will: assess the current state of St. Louis parks; map connections with surrounding neighborhoods; examine relationships to local watersheds and natural systems; and develop both a park typology and a typology for the most common facility needs, such as restrooms and seating. The second phase, scheduled to commence in the summer, will focus on developing a competition framework and a schedule of parks to be addressed.