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Posted on 11.15.05
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  • Posted on 11.15.05

Two groups of students from an elementary school in St. Louis county recently sent me their suggestions for elements/attractions to be included in the final version of the Downtown riverfront plan. I wrote back to them thanking them for their willingness to be involved in the process. I told them that their participation was important — and their ideas, welcome.

Antoine, Randell, John, Josh, and Ryan urged me to support “things for kids to do” and they even included a map and some prices.

They suggested:

•Helicopter rides for $20
•Public basketball courts
•A go cart track
•A dirt bike track
•Monster truck rides for $10

Eric, Alex, Robert, Chris, Ricky, and two different Kyles also drew a map, but they did not include a pricing strategy.

They suggested:

•A dog park
•A volcano roller coaster
•A flag on top of the Arch
•A haunted mine train
•A pirate restaurant
•Public baseball diamonds
•A skate park

I know that Planning Director Rollin Stanley and the other planners will take these suggestions — and the ideas behind them — very seriously. If I didn’t laugh when Rollin sent me a memo about floating islands in the Mississippi, I am pretty sure he is not going to laugh when I forward to him a suggestion about a pirate restaurant.