Narrowing in on the corner of Fannin St. and Cambridge St. which will soon go by the name The Commons at Hermann Park, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and his associates have sketched out a few potentially transformative ideas for the area, such as the rocket-ship-shaped children’s play structure depicted at top with a mock jetway linking it to the hill on the right. And above, a handful of other new outdoor features that seem to be a hit with the faceless crowd of park-goers shown engaging with them in various forms of recreation.
To find out what real people think about the proposals, part of the 20-year Hermann Park master plan, the Hermann Park Conservancy is asking folks to weigh in on them during a public meeting to be held in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at McGovern Centennial Gardens off Hermann Dr. on Thursday, February 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Speaking of pavilions, there’s one included in Van Valkenburgh’s plan, too, as a complement to the existing one off Fannin St.
Other ideas being kicked around for this section of the park include a large lawn and an outdoor seating area that’d look something like this:
Right now, the area to be redone contains a number of intersecting paved and unpaved trails, as well as Lonnie Edwards’s bronze statue of George Hermann . . .
. . . and Sharon Engelstein’s sculptural rendering — dubbed Dilladiidae — of these perhaps less intelligent lifeforms:
- Public Meeting for The Commons at Hermann Park [Hermann Park Conservancy]
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