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Gateway Mall Master Plan Part 6 of 9 Neighborhood

Gateway Mall Master Plan Part 6 of 9 Neighborhood

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St. Louis Gateway Mall Master Plan
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St. Louis Gateway Mall Master Plan
Neighborhood Room
The Neighborhood Room should provide numerous
active and passive recreation amenities fordowntown St. Louis residents. Its landscapecharacter should be more pastoral and informal than the rest of the Mall, characterized bygroupings of large trees, meandering paths,open lawns, and a garden edge to the Hallwayalong Market Street. To increase the usablearea of this room and emphasize its linearity, it isrecommended that 17th Street between Chestnutand Market Streets should be permanently closed.To emphasize this room’s less formal nature, theHallway’s design should have a garden edge thatincorporates seating areas and multiple shadeshelters that will act as respites, gathering areas,and provide opportunities for people to view the activities occurring along the street and theinterior spaces.
Sports fieldsUrban dog runAmenity standsCreative playgroundCreative playground
 
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Neighborhood Details
Located at the northwest corner of this room, anurban dog run could activate the Chestnut Streetfrontage and provide a much needed amenity for the growing residential community of downtown St.Louis. Urban dog runs provide a low maintenancespace for dogs and their owners to socialize.For dogs, its durable surface could containchallenging obstacles and play features for dogswith built in elements of varying heights. Benches,shade structures, double lock gates, plastic bag dispensers, and dual use drinking fountains help to creative a space that will provide a gathering space and social setting for dogs and their ownersalike. More importantly, this space should ensure16 hours of daily activity in this portion of the Mall throughout the year. Urban dog owners oftenrally for the creation of these spaces and providesustained support for their maintenance, creating a proven ingredient in an urban park’s success.An interactive fountain, shade tree grove and ashade pavilion with restrooms and a seasonal foodand beverage kiosk could be the stimulus of activity
for the Neighborhood Room. An interactive fountain
with synchronized jets would be a nice complement to the adjacent playgrounds where children canfrolic and visitors can view the water displays. Theshade pavilion to the south, could contain chessand checkers tables for visitors of all ages to gatherand socialize, while providing a respite to view thefountain.A series of lawn mounds scattered among therecreation areas would help to create distinctspaces, topographic relief, play areas for children,and opportunities for viewing.A variety of children’s playgrounds that cater to toddlers as well as older children should incoproratenot only the more traditional playground equipment,but also might include a highly creative play areawith artistic and wonderful structures similar to those at the City Museum.The proposed beach volleyball courts and a
multi-purpose playfield lawn would provide active
recreation opportunities for residents on weekendsand evenings, as well as lunch time and after workactivities for downtown workers. Beach volleyballfacilities have proven to be successful in encouraging workers to linger downtown longer and extend thepark activity well into the warm season months.
Dog runInteractive fountainShade pavilionCreative play areas

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