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Ballwin selects parks master plan consulting firm

By: Jim Erickson

Renovations recently completed by the Ballwin Parks & Recreation Department at its North Pointe aquatic facility include a much larger and shaded splash pad and [in background] a new “bucket falls” play structure. The city’s parks and recreation facilities will be the subject of a recently authorized master plan. [Jim Erickson photo]

The city of Ballwin has named the DG2 Design landscape architectural firm to handle the preparation of the master plan for its parks and recreational facilities.

According to its proposal, the Eureka-based company will aim its planning and design work toward providing a document “that reflects the character of the community and region and instills a sense of pride” in those who use the parks.

The plan will examine the safety, functionality, aesthetics, economic viability and desirability of the city’s park system and focus on recommendations to meet the community’s current and future needs.

Steps in the process will include an initial assessment; gaining input from the city, the public and other stakeholders; preliminary designs; estimates of probable costs and operational impact; an implementation plan and funding opportunities.

DG2 is the landscape architect for Ballwin’s new city hall and has completed a number of projects in the area, including work for the cities of Eureka and Wildwood, Forest Park Forever and the Great Rivers Greenway.

Seven firms submitted statements of their qualifications for the project and four were selected for an interview by a panel of city employees. Two preferred companies then were asked to submit a more specific scope of services and a price for completing the plan.

DG2 set its price at $84,000, the lower of the two final proposals.

Ballwin had included $100,000 for the project in its 2018 capital budget. The unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Aldermen to select DG2 for the work came at its May 14 meeting.

Linda Bruer, the city’s director of parks and recreation, said the planning effort will include several public meetings and other forms of public engagement. Anticipated completion date is Nov. 1.

Another view of the recently completed North Pointe Aquatic Center improvements. [Jim Erickson photo]

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