Kirkwood Community Freedom Festival and Fireworks Set for July 4 in Kirkwood Park
The City will hold its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Kirkwood Park. Music by Fanfare kicks off the festival at 7:00 p.m., and the fireworks go off at dusk. Kirkwood Lions' Club will be on hand, selling beer, ice cream, and soda, along with glow necklaces. Tropical Moose will be open, and there will be several food trucks. (RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 5)
Thank you to our sponsors:
~ Rocket Sponsor: The City of Des Peres
~ Glitter Sponsors: Des Peres Hospital and The Webster-Kirkwood Times
~ Sparkler Sponsors: Aberdeen Heights, City of Glendale, City of Oakland
~ Firecracker Sponsors: Eagle Bank and Trust Company, Hardy Washington, Jr., State Farm Insurance Agent, BMO Harris Bank, Bopp Chapel, Barb & Jim Byerly, Commerce Bank, Riggs Construction and Design, Carrollton Bank, Phyllis & Clyde Farris, Barbara & Art McDonnell, Kirkwood Rotary Club
Summer Making Music Concert Series Continues June 27 in Kirkwood Park
Gateway City Big Band returns to Kirkwood. This 17-piece dance band with two vocalists has been entertaining audiences in St. Louis and beyond since 1966. For more information about the band, visit their Website at www.gatewaycitybigband.com.
The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m., in the Lions' Amphitheatre in Kirkwood Park. The series is sponsored by the Kirkwood Arts Commission, with generous support from the Kirkwood aRts Foundation, and by Kirkwood Parks and Recreation. Concerts are free, but donations are welcome.
Click here for the full downloadable schedule and a description of each musical act. The other dates and performers are:
~ July 11: Samba Bon
~ July 25: Funky Butt Brass Band
~ August 8: Lucky Old Sons
~ August 22: St. Louis Wind Symphony
Commercial Development Update for June 2015
- CVS Pharmacy received Planning & Zoning approval to construct a 13,592-square foot pharmacy with drive-thru at 1085 N. Kirkwood Rd.
- Fresh Thyme Market received final development approval for food store. The proposed store, which is 27,977 square feet, will be located at 1018 N. Kirkwood Rd. Fresh Thyme is a specialty grocer and will offer organic, locally sourced fruits and vegetables, store-created sausages, premium coffee beans and local craft beers.
- Midwest Regional Bank received Site Plan Approval to construct a new financial institution at 1085 N. Kirkwood Road (located adjacent to the future CVS Pharmacy).
- C&S Properties of St. Louis, LLC, received site plan approval for the construction of a multi-tenant office/light industrial building to be located at 538 Leffingwell Avenue.
- Starbucks received approval for a Special Use Permit for a drive-thru restaurant to be located at 10300 Manchester Road (N.E. Corner Greentree Center).
- Raising Canes received a building permit for a new drive-thru restaurant that will be located at 1034 S. Kirkwood Road (formerly O’Donnell Eye Institute).
- McArthur’s Bakery received a building permit for a restaurant use at 210 N. Kirkwood Road (formerly Amici’s).
- Kirkwood Properties, LLC, received a building permit for the construction of a new office building to be located at 140 Prospect. The one-story, multi-tenant building will be 4,606 square feet.
- Winfield’s Gathering Place submitted an application for the construction of an outdoor dining area. The outdoor dining area would contain seating for 56 additional customers.
- Ponca Trails Subdivision. A rezoning and community unit plan application was submitted for a seven-lot subdivision to be constructed along an extension of Ponca Trail.
- Villa di Maria Montessori School submitted a site plan review application for the multi-phase redevelopment of their existing campus at 1280 Simmons Avenue.
Kirkwood Electric Receives RP3 Award for Third-Consecutive Period
Kirkwood Electric received its third RP3 award from the American Public Power Association in May. The RP3 recognition (Reliable Public Power Provider) was given to only 191 public power utilities - out of a field of more than 2,000. Kirkwood Electric also received this prestigious award in 2011 and 2013, when the award was given for a two-year period. This year it was awarded for a three-year period.
The APPA designation recognizes utilities that provide consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. The recognized utilities have demonstrated proficiency in four key disciplines - reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.
"We are honored to receive the RP3 designation," said Mark Petty, Director of Kirkwood Electric. "Our utility staff put in a lot of hard work to serve the residents of Kirkwood. The RP3 award represents a much-appreciated recognition of their hard work."
The APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 nonprofit, community-owned, and state-owned electric utilities. This is the 10th year the RP3 recognition has been awarded.
50 Trees Street-Tree Planting Program Seeks Site Nominations for Fall 2015
The 50 Trees Street Tree Planting program hosted by Keep Kirkwood Green each year seeks site nominations for Fall tree planting. To promote National Arbor Day on April 24, citizens are asked to nominate sites for trees to be planted in the Fall.
The 50 Trees program began in 2010 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Greentree Festival, but it's been going strong ever since. This year, the program was recognized with the 2014 Arbor Award of Excellence by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The group hopes to plant 75 trees this year, bringing the program's six-year total to 420 trees planted by local volunteers through this citizen-led initiative.
Nominated planting sites must meet certain requirements. Sites must be within the City of Kirkwood's publicly owned right-of-way areas, which typically, but not always, fall in the three- to four-foot grassy are between the curb and sidewalk. The sites must also be clear of overhead utility lines and underground utility conflicts. Qualified sites will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The trees are planted free of charge.
Interested residents willing to help care for a tree should email contact information and exact location of the proposed site to KeepKirkwoodGreen@gmail.com, or contact the program co-chairs Kathy Paulsen, at 314-822-8947, or Nancy Luetzow, at 314-965-1470. For more information about the 50 Trees program, please visit their Website at KeepKirkwoodgreen.wordpress.com.