College Hill neighbors and friends have been exploring ways to improve the health and overall landscape of their community. As the only St. Louis neighborhood to not have a park, residents identified a need to revitalize a block of vacant and abandoned properties known widely as Peace Park.
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Peace Park - located next to the Grand Ave Water Tower - was founded and named by the late Otis Woodard and has been used as a safe community gathering space for more than 20 years. The Woodard family also used to maintain a "Share Shed" on the property, providing food, clothes, and more to anyone in need.
Today, Peace Park partners are working to develop and implement an updated Vision for Peace Park - one that will reflect the peaceful intent of the park's creation. With places for gardening, chess competitions, exercise, and grilling, the many areas of Peace Park can also overlap to become sites for concerts, flea markets, family reunions, and protests. Peace Park provides space for the young and the elderly, the able-bodied and the impaired, the extroverts and the introverts: a place for everyone.
Including, but not limited to,
additional support from:
Harvard University School of Design
Health Equity Works
Fred Weber, Inc.
Alderman Brandon Bosley
** College Hill Neighborhood Solutions describes the team of College Hill residents that have invested in developing the plans for Peace Park. **
The new Peace Park design pulls together ideas from
Why Do we need MORE Designs?
This next level of designs will provide the detail required to guide fundraising and construction efforts!