Construction on City Hall Facade and Lawn Continues
A project to enhance the façade of the historic Kirkwood City Hall on Kirkwood Road will begin the week of July 14 and continue through at least October. PLEASE NOTE: During Phase One of construction, the front lawn of City Hall will be unavailable for use by anyone attending Thursday night concerts at Station Plaza.
The scope of the project will involve the removal and replacement of the walkways and paved areas between City Hall and Kirkwood Road on the east side and between City Hall and the parking lot on the west side, as well as landscaping on both sides.
This project will be segmented into two major phases. Phase One involves the east, or Kirkwood Road side, of City Hall, while Phase Two will take place on the west, or parking lot, side of City Hall. During construction, parking will be slightly more limited, although City staff will park elsewhere to accommodate residents and visitors.
Phase One begins the week of July 14, when temporary fencing is installed along the east perimeter of the building and grounds, facing Kirkwood Road. The fencing will make the sidewalk in front of City Hall, along Kirkwood Road, inaccessible. Pedestrians should plan to use the sidewalk on the other side of Kirkwood Road. Demolition of paved areas will follow. The temporary fencing will remain in place until the completion of Phase One. Phase One is estimated to be completed in September, barring any unforeseen complications or bad weather.
Phase Two of the project will begin immediately after the completion of Phase One. Phase Two will involve construction on the west side of City Hall.
Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan Process Continues
The Planning Advisory Meeting for the Kirkwood Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan met on Monday, June 30, 2014. A summary of the meeting and associated documents have been posted to the Trailnet website: http://trailnet.org/2014/06/30/kirkwood-planning-advisory-committee-meeting-2-summary-documents/
Kirkwood Electric Offers Tips to Conserve Energy This Summer
The Missouri Public Utility Alliance has shared the following Tip Sheet with Kirkwood Electric customers. Energy and resource-saving information used in their material is typically adapted from a variety of published federal, state, and nonprofit sources, including the United States Department of Energy, the EPA, the Energy Star program, and others. Click here: Summer Cooling - Energy-Saving Tips.
"Making Music" Summer Concert Series in Kirkwood Park Continues in August
All concerts start at 7:00 p.m., in the Lions' Amphitheater in Kirkwood Park, 111 S. Geyer Road, on the dates listed:
~ August 9: Samba Bom. This Midwest-based music ensemble plays authentic Brazilian music at schools, night clubs, wineries, festivals and private events. The group plays a unique mix of Brazilian popular music styles, including, Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forro, and Chorinho, among others. Visit their Website: www.sambabom.com. Food Trucks: Holy Crepe! and Steak Louie.
~ August 23: Route 66 Jazz Orchestra. This 20-piece jazz band, formerly known as the Meramec Jazz Band, is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of "Big Band" jazz through performance, education and community involvement. Visit their Website at: www.route66jazz.com. Food Trucks: Steak Louie and Destination Desserts.
City Invites Residents to Participate in Planning Process for Fillmore Park Enhancement
The City of Kirkwood Parks Department invites the public to participate in the planning process for the future enhancement of Fillmore Park. Fillmore Park is located at the intersection of Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Place.
To begin the planning process, a meeting will be held Tuesday, August 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Nipher Middle School, 700 S. Kirkwood Road, in the gymnasium. Participants will have the opportunity to offer their thoughts and visions of what the park could be in the future, following the expansion of the park through the acquisition of a neighboring lot.
The visioning process will be accomplished through what is known as a “Design Charette.” During the Charette, participants share their ideas with each other in small groups, working together to develop a group plan. Those plans are then shared with the other groups, and a master vision is developed.
The design team will develop a conceptual plan for the park based on this “Master Vision.” The conceptual plan will be presented at a later date for review by the public before its final acceptance. The Design Charette process is open to the public, but an invitation has been sent specifically to the residents in the area immediately surrounding the park.
The original 0.9 acres for Fillmore Park were acquired in the late 1970s with Community Block Grant Funds. The original 0.9-acre park features two playground areas, renovated in 2009, and several benches. The addition of the neighboring 0.2-acre lot, purchased in 2013, brings the total area of the park to 1.1 acres.
50 Trees Program Calls for Site Nominations for 2014
The organizers of the "50 Trees" street-tree planting program are requesting the help of Kirkwood residents to nominate street-tree planting sites for Fall 2014. Plans call for about 65 trees to be planted in November 2014, bringing the five-year total to nearly 350 trees planted by Kirkwood volunteers. Kirkwood has been a Tree City USA since 1990.
Nominated sites must meet certain requirements. They must be located inside the City right-of-way areas. This is typically a three- to four-foot area between the curb and sidewalk, although on streets with no sidewalks, the ROW may extend into the lawn area of the property. The sites must also be clear of overhead power lines and underground utilities. Residents who are interested and willing to care for a newly planted tree can email their site location and contact information to KeepKirkwoodGreen@ gmail.com. For more information, please visit: KeepKirkwoodGreen.wordpress.com. Qualified sites will be selected on a first-come/first-served basis. The trees are planted free of charge. However, monetary donations are welcome. Click here to download the nomination form.