Citygarden is an urban park and sculpture garden in Downtown St. Louis which opened in 2009. The park occupies 2 city blocks and features many public art pieces.
Public art is not new to the Gateway Mall as there were several installations starting as early as the 1940s. In the late 1990s, residents began drawing a plan to create a revitalized downtown along with a park and sculpture garden where the Citygarden is located. The plan was not officially drawn up until 2006 and the garden was completed in 2009.
Citygarden has led many people to visit downtown St.Louis and led to growth in the city economy. It has also led to future renovations and improvements to the area and neighborhood. The project has often been cited as a great example of a successful foundation-funded art venture. The public park has been recognized by several foundations and institutes for its excellence in design and for the creative use of open space.
The garden, in addition to public art and sculpture, includes Ginkgo biloba trees, native plants, and spacious sidewalks, features that Warren Byrd of Nelson Byrd Woltz said could be adapted by other sections of the Gateway Mall. The park is divided into three sections and features many natural elements from around St. Louis, especially the bluffs on the Mississippi and the meeting of the rivers.
Citygarden's plants, including various grasses and wildflowers, were selected by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Large shade plants were chosen to provide relief in warm and humid weather. At the time of its opening, Citygarden comprised a total of 240 trees, 1,100 shrubs, 4,000 perennials, 8,000 bulbs, and 13,000 groundcovers.
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