Timeless Details Coalesce to Create an Identity for this Emerging Community

  • Client

    City of Dardenne Prairie

  • Project Title

    Dardenne Prairie City Hall Park

  • Location

    Dardenne Prairie, MO

  • Size

    3 acres

"The community’s commitment to sustainability will serve as an example for many generations. The park has been a tremendous success and gives us a sense of pride and an identity that is Dardenne Prairie."

Pam Fogarty

Mayor, Dardenne Prairie

The design team developed a master plan that would reflect the community’s values and demographics.

Project Scale

  • Object

  • Site

  • Community

  • System

  • Region

Temporality

  • On the Books

  • Under Construction

  • Recently Completed

  • Design Study

  • Established

Project Type

  • Parks and Open Space
  • Greenways And Trails
  • Placemaking and Branding

Prior to the development of City Hall Park, residents of Dardenne Prairie did not have a communal space in which to gather for recreation and events. Former plans had been developed that neither reflected the values of this historic farming community nor contributed to its future family-oriented identity.

As part of this growth, city leaders desired to establish a built image for the community throughout the public realm using materials and furnishings that provided stability and historic context. Despite the economic downturn, community excitement for the park prompted the board to build the park in its entirety. The goal was to create a destination that would bring together families and citizens of all ages. This was done through layering of programs and park uses to create a vibrant place for all seasons.

 

"With a community this engaged in its future, it’s easy to get lost in the design process. You begin to empathize with the residents - their goals become your goals."

Bill Pedley

Associate

American Society of Landscape Architects

  • St. Louis, 2012
  • Award of Honor