Current Construction Projects
Walker Lake Phase 3
This work calls for the replacement of the existing asphalt path around the lake with a new concrete path that will be totally ADA compliant. Lights will be added to the pathway as well. The Walker Lake peninsula will also have a paver area added, and the bronze turtles that were originally on the now defunct island will be returned to their lakeside habitat. Numerous landscape areas and rain gardens will be added as well. The rain gardens are part of work required by the MSD to address storm water detention and water quality issues. As part of the construction process the two existing outdoor racquetball/handball courts will be removed. Current plans call for the courts to be replaced with a single court which will be located at the tennis court complex in Kirkwood Park. Work on this new court is expected to begin in the fall of 2013. Work on this project is expected to begin in mid October and continue through the first part of 2013. Click here to view a detailed map and plan of the lake.
Project Update 3/1/13 - As of this date the demolition of the old asphalt walkway and the handball courts has been completed. Roughly half of the new sidewalks have been poured and the peninsula area has been completed. The construction crew is currently working to install the storm water features called for in the plan. Completion should occur sometime in May.
Robert Reim Theatre, Community Center, Parking Lot
A separate project to replace the current asphalt parking lot at the Robert Reim Theatre will also be starting in early October. The existing lot is to be replaced with a pervious parking lot system, again with the intent to meet requirements of MSD for storm water detention and water quality. The lot is expected to be out of commission for about 8 weeks. The theatre entry drive will remain open throughout the process.
Project Update - The Reim Theatre parking lot is complete and is fully functional.The new parking lot is beautiful and does a great job of detaining storm water.
Both the parking lot and Walker Lake projects are being paid for with funds generated by the half-cent Parks and Recreation Sales Tax. Monies from this tax, which was approved by voters in 1998, is dedicated solely to supporting parks and recreation services and facilities in the Kirkwood park system.
Kirkwood Park Tennis Court Construction
UPDATE OCTOBER 2012: Updated Site Plan - Click here for site plan.
Construction was completed in May 2011 of replacement of eight of the tennis courts in Kirkwood Park. The existing bank of eight asphalt courts located at the northeast corner of Kirkwood Park were replaced with post tensioned concrete courts. The perimeter fence was also replaced. The new courts are expected to last long into the future.
About 90% of the cost for the new courts were paid for by a grant from the Municipal Park Grant Commission of St. Louis County and a donation from the Kirkwood School District.
Next Up - In the fall of 2013 the existing tennis building is scheduled for demolition and will be replaced by a new building. Court 9 will be reconfigured to include an outdoor handball court, hitting wall, and a basketball half court. Court 10 is also scheduled to be resurfaced as part of the project.