Today, the National Park Service and the City of St. Louis will formally announce a very exciting project: a design competition, international in scope, to invigorate the park and the neighborhoods around the Gateway Arch on both sides of the river.
Jefferson National Expansion Superintendent Tom Bradley calls it “a unique and important opportunity.” And he is correct. We are very lucky to now have Supt. Bradley as a partner in this initiative. He has worked diligently to drive federal action, solicit community input, and engage and reassure the park advocacy community, all of which have been absolutely essential to launching this competition.
The competition — “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015” — is called for in the National Park Service’s new General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18-month period, and approved on November 23, 2009.
Here are a few of the important details:
The competition will invite teams from across the world to submit designs for the Arch grounds and the areas around it.
Portland architect Donald Stastny will manage the competition.
The winning design, selected by a panel of jurists, will be announced in October 2010, with the resulting work completed by October 28, 2015 — the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.
A great deal of work on this project has already been accomplished by the National Park Service; dozens of civic leaders, parks advocates, business executives, and architects; and hundreds of citizens who brought their ideas to the NPS. They have my thanks.
You will hear and read a lot more about this project over the next few days.