Renovation of Kiener Plaza will leave out fountain

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - An icon in Downtown St. Louis may be about to disappear.  The "Runner" fountain at Kiener Plaza, often "dyed" different colors for our sports teams and special events is not part of a new renovation plan.

"Don't mess with the fountain!" said Elizabeth Moore of St. Louis County, who was romping through Downtown St. Louis Saturday with 2 friends looking for STL250 Birthday Cakes.

The fountain has become a St. Louis favorite since the last Kiener makeover in the late 1980's.

The new plan features a play-ground and a giant swing, shady groves, a place to park bicycles, a new interactive water feature that can be "colored" by lights, and a massive new green space called the "Court House Lawn".

"For concerts, festivals, events," said Ryan McClure of the City Arch River Organization, which is hosting an open house Monday, inviting public feedback on the proposed changes.

"Concerts, civic gatherings, watching parades, Cardinals Opening Day, Rams rallies, all of that will still happen but it will just be a more conducive environment for that," McClure said.  "The design and the layout has just gotten a little tired.  We think through this redesign with the city arch river project we can bring this area to full its potential… the purpose of having the meeting Monday night is to get public feedback and see what do you want to do here in Kiener Plaza, what does the public think about this layout?"

Under the new plan, the "Runner" statue will be part of the renovated plaza but not the fountain.  The project will take 14 months to complete. Construction is set to begin next year.  The Open House for public feedback is Monday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Hilton, St. Louis at the Ballpark.

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