Over the last year, neighbors and several stakeholders have been utilizing new and existing knowledge to find ways to improve the health, well-being, and overall landscape of their community. This collaboration has allowed for discussion around which disparities affect residents in College Hill the most — vacant lots.
As the only neighborhood in St. Louis to not have a park, it was decided to redevelop and repurpose unoccupied land in the community near the Grand Avenue Water Tower — previously used as a dumping site.
Their hope is to create a local park that offers a vibrant and beautiful place for the entire community to gather for events, entertainment, and recreation, appropriately named Peace Park. With the help of design students from Harvard University, a vision and plan for the park’s best use are being finalized. With the hope of having sculptures, a pavilion for events, area for outdoor games, and a community garden, neighbors believe this inviting space will work on the issue of vacancy as well as help bridge division that exists within the community.
With the help and support of individuals and organizations, Peace Park is being transformed from a vacant lot into a vibrant community asset. These revitalization projects benefit, not only individual communities, but the entire city of St. Louis as a whole.