Kirkwood Wins "Great Places in Missouri"
Monday, February 6, 2017
Downtown Kirkwood is a “Great Places in Missouri” Winner
January 27, 2017
Downtown Kirkwood has been chosen as one of three “Great Places in Missouri” by the American Planning Association (APA) for 2017, along with Tower Grove Park and the 4th Street Corridor in Maryville.
The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning, attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. The Great Places in Missouri program was modeled after APA’s Great Places in America Program that has recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country since 2007.
“The 2017 Great Places in Missouri demonstrate the critical role of planning,” said Hilary Perkins, AICP, president of APA Missouri. “These awardees are the quality places that bring people together, foster a sense of community, and build strong relationships between people and their City, while encouraging economic growth and support of local business. We see in these places great examples of what good planning can create. We congratulate the awardees on this well-deserved honor.”
APA Missouri will recognize the 2017 Great Places in Missouri designees at a ceremony on February 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.
The description for Kirkwood from the APA press release:
Downtown Kirkwood is the recipient of the Great Neighborhood in Missouri award. This 16-block area along Kirkwood Road, bounded by Bodley, Woodbine, Taylor, and Clay Avenues, is a neighborhood that celebrates Kirkwood’s community character and heritage. Downtown Kirkwood is anchored by the Historic Train Depot which has been preserved and serves as a multi-modal station, providing an economic catalyst to the community. The neighborhood contains numerous public spaces including three city-owned pocket parks, the Kirkwood Farmers’ Market, Kirkwood Public Library, City Hall, Police and Fire stations. The Greyfield redevelopment has also created new mixed-use centers, such as Station Plaza, which serves as the venue for the Summer Concert Series and other events throughout the year. Downtown Kirkwood is also home to events such as Earth Day at the Market, Mayfest, a winter fireworks festival, and various other walks and events. In addition to new development and events, downtown boast a diverse array of 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Downtown Kirkwood exemplifies a great neighborhood by incorporating the preservation of historic assets to maintain transportation options, while encourage brownfield redevelopment and including diverse housing choices.