Tuesday, June 30, Citygarden makes its debut as the newest amenity in downtown St. Louis. The project, funded by the Gateway Foundation, has enjoyed stellar early reviews.
Coupled with the newly opened Old Post Office Plaza, downtown St. Louis is providing more reasons to linger after 5 PM.
The new Citygarden, a sculpture park, will offer dining and views along Market and into the attractive landscape.
Mayor Slay dedicated Citygarden today. A few highlights and interesting facts about the project:
The general contractor completed the project on time and on budget.
Citygarden is the only place of its kind in the United States, a completely free and open to the public downtown sculpture garden. Other cities have downtown sculpture gardens, but they are behind walls. Ours is a true front yard to downtown.
The garden has numerous water features, a gourmet restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining, and multiple lighted video displays.
The design of the garden is based on St. Louis and Missouri. Limestone walls give reference to the natural limestone bluffs above Missouri rivers, and a low-slung, gray-stone serpentine wall reflects the rivers as seen from the air.
Walkways are located at the sites of historic downtown alleys, and a mound feature is a reference to St. Louis's history as the location for a major Native American community.
Citygarden is a jewel for our city and region, and complements our existing wide array of arts and cultural institutions.