Spotlight

TURKEY DAY RUN

Each year, the City of Kirkwood's Parks and Recreation Department hosts a competitive run on the morning of Thanksgiving.  Two races are involved - a 3-mile and a 6-mile course - through scenic Kirkwood and Webster Groves.  Registration for the current year typically opens in October.  For additional information, please visit the following page on this Website:

 http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/content/City-Departments/2339/turkey-day-run.aspx

Performing Arts Center - Update

The City of Kirkwood will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 8, at 4:00 p.m.  The site for the new Center will be at the corner of South Taylor Avenue and Monroe Avenue in downtown Kirkwood (GPS address:  210 E. Monroe Ave., 63122). The groundbreaking ceremony will be held there. The public is invited to attend.

 The new Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in late spring 2020.  The City anticipates that STAGES St. Louis will open for their 2020 season as the first tenant to occupy the new space.  Other tenants will include Kirkwood Theatre Guild and the Kirkwood Youth Theatre program.  Both Stages and Kirkwood Theatre Guild have contributed financially to the development of the Center.

Planning for the Center has been underway for about two years now, and construction is expected to begin immediately.  Renderings of the new Center will be on display at the groundbreaking for the public and the media to review.  Click here to view the renderings.

The City, in partnership with the Kirkwood-Des Peres Chamber, plans to hold an Open House for developers immediately following the groundbreaking to showcase what the City has to offer, including available commercial properties throughout Kirkwood.  That showcase will take place at the Kirkwood Train Station in downtown Kirkwood.

 

History of Project:

Over the past three years, a lot of work and discussion has gone into an evaluation of the City's current Community Center as well as the proposed construction of a new Performing Arts Center.  The project is a large and complex one, with many facets to track. Here is where that project now stands:

  • Kirkwood City Council voted in December 2017 to issue bonds to fund improvements to the Community Center and construction of a new Performing Arts Center (PAC), which will be located on Monroe Avenue at S. Taylor Avenue, in downtown Kirkwood. 
  • Prior to this vote, Council approved the hiring of Hercules Construction Management to serve as the City's "Owner's Representative" for this project. 
  • Since the bonds were issued in December, Council has reviewed updated conceptual plans (below) for the PAC that add a Studio or "Black Box" Theater and additional support space to the building. This transfers the multipurpose and meeting space, originally conceived for the Community Center, to the new Performing Arts Center. 
  • The current projected cost for the Performing Arts Center as envisioned is $25 million.
  • A feasibility study to investigate raising additional funds was also authorized in February by Council.
 

Final Community Center Feasibility Study

Performing Arts Center Feasibility Study

Report on Survey Results