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Winning Team Selected For St. Louis Arch Redesign

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An eight-member design jury has chosen the winning team in the St. Louis Arch redesign competition. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, the winning team has a deep background in designing urban parks.

By Adam Allington, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis, MO – The official announcement actually came Tuesday instead of Friday, after the news was leaked to multiple bloggers.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is the winning team.

The firm has worked on a variety of high-profile urban parks including Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and the Don River Park in Toronto.

For St. Louis, MVVA is proposing a green capped lid over Interstate 70, that does not include the removal of Memorial Drive.

Other features of the plan include a beer garden, a bird sanctuary and an ice-skating rink, as well as removing the parking garage at the north end of the park and replacing it with an amphitheater.

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