St. Louis, MO
Transforming a vacant lot into a new 1-acre park for the community to enjoy.
Every year, the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) conducts a complete park makeover within the host city as part of their Parks Build Community initiative. Thousands of parks and recreation professionals converged on St. Louis for the industry’s largest event, unveiling a new park. Trojan Park is the first time that NRPA constructed a new park from scratch.
The process of designing the final section of St. Vincent Greenway, LJC, and Great Rivers Greenway and Beyond Housing, designed the 1-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Etzel and Skinker in the city of Wellston.
The new park brings the community together, improves overall health and fitness, and provides a safe place for the children of Wellston to play.
The main gathering space in the park is the splash plaza and shade pavilion near the park entrance. The splash plaza has a pop-jet fountain serving as a much-needed cooling-off spot during the warm summer months.
The City of Wellston chose the name Trojan Park for the new civic gem in honor of the former Wellston High School mascot.