Earlier this week at the wise recommendation of the Cultural Resources Office, the City’s Preservation Board voted not to make a recommendation at this time on a $5 million dollar, privately funded proposal to redesign Government Hill in Forest Park. The plan, according to the Cultural Resources staff, removes the existing worn-out fountain, waterfall, pool, stairs, and walks and replaces those elements with new ones.
It’s difficult to tell from the black-and-white renderings I’ve seen exactly what the architects are proposing for this important site. It looks dramatically different - which may, or may not, be a good thing.
As we all see the plan (more closely and in color) over the next few months as it goes through Forest Park Forever’s lengthy approval process, we’ll figure out how different Government Hill will be. There’s time.