Tuesday, June 24, 2014

#32: Kiener Plaza

Kiener Plaza has been host to several events, most notably Cardinals pep rallies. What can I say, it's quite a gem in downtown. Kiener Plaza is actually considered a part of the St. Louis Gateway Mall. Dedicated in 1962, this was to be a memorial park for Henry Kiener who passed away in 1960. Kiener was an amateur boxer, swimmer and wrestler born in St. Louis in 1881. He is mostly noted for being part of the United States Track team during the 1904 Summer Olympics (held in St. Louis).

The 'running man' statue surrounded by the fountain. It was sculpted by William Zorach
Taken on Halloween, with the water put away for the season

A view of the old courthouse at Kiener Plaza
So what's next? Well, as part of the City-Arch renovation project, this apparently includes plans to upgrade Kiener Plaza, according to a blog site. On November 10, 2014, plans were laid out for a re-designed park, with the running man statue being moved closer to 7th Street. The fountain will be shrunk and replaced with a new courtyard. Also, a playground and media center are supposed to be added. Some longtime residents have praised the project, and some haven't. I'm not sure what to think, but who knows. But what do I know, right?

Here are the different sides of this awesome cake, which was decorated by the cake-meister Rich Brooks apparently in 2013 (the date says so on the cake):
Left side of the cake

Top of the cake

Back side of the cake

Right side of the cake
Official website (from the city of St. Louis' Parks page)

500 Chestnut Street, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63101
Cake artist: Rich Brooks

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