Open House: Krug Park
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
West 8 with partners CharcoalBlue & Arts Consulting Group has been directed by the City of St. Joseph, MO to lead community engagement, criteria consulting, and masterplanning for the Renovation of the City’s largest green space, Krug Park. Working in partnership with our team, West 8, as lead landscape architects will dialogue with community stakeholders and experts to create a holistic and interdisciplinary strategy for the renovation of the park. The framework will set criteria for balancing the preservation of sense of place with new layers of accessibility, programming, and infrastructure.
On July 13th, 2023, West 8 lead the first in a series of open house events with the community and was attended by around 100 members in person and received over 400 online submissions to share their hopes, dreams, and visions for the beloved Park.
About the project:
Located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Krug Park has been a cherished space in the community since its donation by the Krug Family in 1890. Nicknamed the crown jewel of St. Joseph’s Parkways and Boulevards, the Park is enjoyed daily for its picturesque quality and annually for its Holiday Park festivities. On August 3, 2021, the City of St. Joseph’s voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help restore and improve its City-wide green spaces, parks, and facilities to provide safe, accessible, and quality-of-life improvements for all the City’s residents. The allocation to Krug Park represents the City’s largest investment towards historic renovation and public parks since the development of the Parkway. West 8 brings its expertise concerning culturally significant landscapes and public space planning to the next generation’s enjoyment of Krug Park. The renovation will incorporate community feedback, benchmarking, and design to outline guidelines and criteria for immediate Priority Projects.
After a series of open house events, and formalization of guiding principles and criteria in a masterplan document, execution of Priority Projects are expected to begin within the next 1 to 5 years.