Grand Center’s Strauss Park Receives Southwest Airlines Grant for Renovations

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St. Louis’ music and arts district is getting a facelift. Thanks to the “Heart of the Community” program led by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces, Strauss Park at Grand Center will be receiving improvements to spruce up the site. St. Louis is one of six cities across the country to obtain the grant.

Strauss Park via Google Maps.

Strauss Park via Google Maps.

In conjunction with Grand Center, Inc., the program is working to establish Strauss Park as a community attraction site through the upcoming renovations. The plans for the new space include physical additions such as outdoor reading rooms, information kiosks, tables and chairs.

This is the second official year of “Heart of the Community,” which aims to develop and improve public spaces to create sustainable and inclusive neighborhoods in urban areas.

In other park news, a parklet was dedicated last week in Clayton at 34 N. Central Avenue, in front of Barcelona, as we reported earlier. The concept, which is coming over from West Coast cities such as San Francisco, enhance al fresco dining by extending it from the sidewalk into existing parking lanes through wooden structures than can be disassembled and stored in the wintertime.

For more information about the grant, visit

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