LOVE BANK PARK

Client

Cherokee Street Business District

Location

St. Louis, MO

Size

.2 Acres

Completion

Unbuilt

Services

Landscape Architecture
Sustainable Storm-Water Management
Grant Application Support
Public Art

Awards/Certifications

Rainscaping Large Scale Grant, MSD

The vision for Love Bank Park is to create a multi-functional and environmentally sustainable public space on Cherokee Street – one of the most multi-cultural and progressive communities in the City of St. Louis. The curved geometries of  Love Bank Park are inspired by Venn diagrams – in which overlapping curves demonstrates areas of commonalities between unique elements. These curves help define program elements and allude to the  desires of the Cherokee Street community to create a welcoming and inclusive park and neighborhood.   

The site, formerly an empty lot, was partially activated by community members who placed basketball hoops in 2015, instantly creating an active community destination.

Building on this grass-roots momentum, Love Bank Park provides space and infrastructure for a variety of activities. An open plaza space with seating, chess tables, shade trees and planted areas provides a welcoming place for neighbors and visitors to gather and relax – or during  community festivals, provides a place for concerts, dances and other activities. A large basketball play area in the northern half of the park is designed for shooting hoops, half-court  and full-court play, and can serve as a food truck court during festivals.

Designed with permeable pavers, permeable asphalt, rain-gardens and planted areas, the site is also a demonstration landscape for  sustainable design and sustainable storm-water management.