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Renovated Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis opens Friday

Kiener Plaza
Kiener Plaza

After the completion of a one-year renovation, Kiener Plaza is scheduled to reopen to visitors with a Friday ribbon-cutting and a community celebration on Saturday, according to a news release.

The renovation is part of the $380 million CityArchRiver Project, which includes renovations and upgrades along the riverfront and Gateway Arch grounds. The project is a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, CityArchRiver Foundation and the City of St. Louis.

Features in the park now include more than 140 new trees and a shade garden, the courthouse lawn, which can hold more than 2,000 people for concerts and events, a playground for children, a splash pad, the return of the Runner Statue with a new fountain and LED lighting, seatings, tables and benches, improved pedestrian connections and street parking, and improved lighting, the news release said.

Work in Kiener Plaza cost $23.7 million and was paid for with money from the CityArchRiver Foundation and Proposition P money, which is controlled by the Great Rivers Greenway.

The ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon, and is set to include live music and food trucks.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, the community celebration is scheduled to include live music by Acoustik Element, Boderline, Phi and Javier Mendoza with Hobo Cane, food and drink vendors, kids’ activities, appearances by Fredbird and Team Fredbird, among other things, the news release said.

The Kiener Plaza Opening Celebration is a family- and pet-friendly event, the news release said. For more details like parking and directions, visit www.cityarchriver.org/visit/kiener.

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