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Welcome to Kirkwood!

Turn-of-the-century homes and a thriving business community await you in the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. Established in 1853, Kirkwood has long been known for its down-home charm, community pride, nationally recognized schools, vibrant business community, and its involved residents.

 
News & Announcements

Kirkwood Road Closure Thursday at Railroad Tracks: Delays Expected Overnight

Union Pacific Railroad has advised the City that a critical repair needs to be performed to the tracks crossing Kirkwood Road near the Amtrak Station.

~ Tonight (Wednesday, April 23), all trains will be traveling on a single set of tracks (those closest to the Station), and they will only be traveling at 10mph. This means the trains will be holding up traffic for longer than normal, so we advise all motorists to use the bypass on Clay Avenue if possible.

~ Tomorrow, April 24, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., portions of the road will be blocked off to do the necessary repairs. We will post additional information  on the City's Facebook page as it becomes available.

Kirkwood Police Taking Applications Now for Summer Citizens' Academy

Learn more about your Police Department and about how the police do their jobs. Topics include:

  • History of the Police Department
  • Tour of the Police Station
  • Radio Communications
  • Crime Prevention
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Traffic Stops
  • Internet Safety / Identity Theft Awareness
  • Canine Introduction and Demonstration

It all ends in a "Class Graduation." The program is five weeks, one night per week, on Mondays in June (June 2 to 30), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Applications are available at the Police Department, 131 West Madison Avenue, or you can download one here. Send questions to Officer Jim Cox: CoxJD@Kirkwoodmo.org, or call him: 822-5868.

Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Honors High School Essay Writers

Several Kirkwood-area high school juniors have been honored by the Human Rights Commission for their essay writing this spring. The First, Second, and Third Place, as well as Honorable Mention, awardees were recognized at the City Council meeting on April 3, 2014. Here are the winners. Click on their names to read their winning essays:
~ Dalia Bitar, First Place: "Divisions of Dictums and Deeds
~ Soley Hyman, Second Place: "Defining our Freedoms"
~ Jeffrey Kuziel, Third Place: "Longing for Liberty: Defining Human Rights
~ Julie Havlak, Honorable Mention: "What Makes Life Worth Living"
~ Helen Morse, Honorable Mention: "Natural Freedoms"
~ Maggie Cox, Honorable Mention: "Keeping Humanity Human"
~ Allison Hubbard, Honorable Mention: "Human Rights and Responsibilities."

Utility Bill Scam Alert for Businesses: Call Us First!

At least two Kirkwood businesses have now been hit by the utility scam making the rounds all over the country. They received a call from someone pretending to be Kirkwood Electric (and in other instances pretending to be Ameren), telling them their utility bill is in arrears and their power is about to be cut off. They receive instructions to go purchase a prepaid debit card and then they use that to pay the bill. Be on the alert: Whatever you do, if you receive one of these calls, call your utility company first. If it's Kirkwood Electric, call 314-822-5843. For Ameren customers, call 800-552-7583. To read more about the scam, click here to access an article posted on the Better Business Bureau's Website.

Landscape Challenge Opens for Kirkwood Residents

Wild Ones, a nonprofit organization, teaches people about the benefits of growing native wildflowers in their yards. Since 2006, the St Louis Chapter, along with Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri Prairie Foundation, have collaborated on a Landscape Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to encourage homeowners to landscape with native plants and to educate the public about the beauty, practicality, and eco-friendliness of native landscaping. This year, one lucky Kirkwood home will be chosen for a native landscape front yard makeover.

Wild Ones and its partners will provide the services of a professional native landscape designer, and volunteers will install the landscape in September. The sponsors will provide up to $1500 worth of services, native plants, and landscape materials. The homeowner must agree to prepare the site and to maintain the new plantings. The ideal site would be a Kirkwood home with great visibility (no back yards), and the selected homeowners would be ambassadors of the landscape objectives. It is important for homeowners to have some gardening experience and an appreciation of the biodiversity a native landscape creates. Eligible applications will receive a pass to attend a class at the Native Plant School held at Shaw Nature Reserve. Submissions are due May 26, 2014. Submissions to be considered for the 2014 Landscape Challenge will be available online here.

Annual Book Fair to benefit Library Returns April 23 to 27

Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library will again hold their annual Book Fair to benefit the library. This year, the sale will be held at 12309 Old Big Bend Boulevard, just east of the I-270 and Big Bend intersection (in the old McDonnell's Market building). The sale will offer fiction and nonfiction books at bargain prices in a wide variety of categories. Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit or debit card.

Dates and hours:
~ Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a $5 entry fee (on this day only).
~ Thursday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
~ Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
~ Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
~ Sunday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bag of Books Sale: As in the past, on Sunday, all the books you can fit into a bag (which will be provided) may be purchased for $5. Special thanks to A-Mrazek Moving Systems, for providing storage and transportation services, and to Art McDonnell, for providing the space for this sale.

Kirkwood Water Issues New Hydrant Use Policy for Businesses

Effective April 1, 2014, Kirkwood Water will have a new Permit Form and Fee Schedule for the use of City hydrants by businesses. Please click here to visit the Kirkwood Water page with the information you need.

Annual Nature Walks in Kirkwood Will Honor Edgar Denison

The schedule for the 2014 spring nature walks held in Kirkwood Parks has been changed. Please note the following dates and locations:

Saturday, May 10: Exploring the River's Edge, led by John Christensen, Webster Groves Nature Study Society, will also be held at Emmenegger Nature Park, on Saturday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Come explore the hiking path next to the Meramec River in Emmenegger. Learn how the plants have adapted to live along the river corridor and in the flood plain. Wear hiking shoes and weather-appropriate gear, and bring a camera and notebook, if desired. Meet at the trailhead kiosk by the creek. The walk will be held rain or shine.  The program is free and open to all ages.

Bike-Walk Survey

The City of Kirkwood, in partnership with Trailnet, is developing a Pedestrian-Bicycle Master Plan in 2014. The Kirkwood Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will provide a blueprint for the development of pedestrian and bicycle improvements throughout the community, making it safer and easier to reach local destinations, including parks, schools, transit, and commercial areas. As part of this process, the City is seeking input from residents, in the form of this very quick survey. It should only take five to ten minutes to complete. Your time and input is greatly appreciated. Please click here to access the survey.

Community Center Needs Assessment Survey: Results

Thank you to all the residents who completed the Community Center survey mailed out last Fall to randomly selected homes. Your input has been very valuable. A final report on the survey results has been compiled and is available to read here.