Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

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Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

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Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

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Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

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Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

Missouri Riverfront Master Plan

OJB is currently working on a Master Plan for a major Midwestern city who is looking to revitalize its riverfront to reconnect its urban core to the river. The 160 acre plan spans both sides of the river, involves two cities and two states with the hopes of unifying the area into one regional destination where visitors can embrace the river and experience a unique, contextual, and active urban destination. The vision for the Riverfront is to become a lively locale where all visitors can congregate day or night to enjoy dynamic programming opportunities in unique public space that seamlessly bridges the various communities together. Executing the appropriate vision, one that is inspired, inclusive, and sensitive to the site’s character will bring the Riverfront into the 21st Century while respecting and honoring its historic roots. Having worked in partnership with community groups and key stakeholders through many workshop charrettes, our all-inclusive communication and collaboration approach informed the Master Plan design. 

The riverfront involves a variety of conditions from densely wooded riparian habitat to a hard urban concrete edge with existing railroad lines, flood walls, rip rap, and a large Lead Superfund Site that has been remediated with contaminants being contained below grade and encased with a concrete cap. These varying conditions allows great opportunity and constrain from which our team has had to work. We have pulled together an national team of design experts to look at environmental issues including ground water infiltration, ecological restoration, brownfield mitigation, and river hydrology.  Together our team has begun to transform the inaccessible riverfront to a highly programmed destination with varying program elements designed to attract and retain people for leisure and recreation.  The program currently includes a 3500’ linear promenade along the river, a marina, a beach area, nature center, performance pavilion, event lawns, nature walks, observation tower, frisbee golf, an urban farm, play areas, dog parks, soccer fields, sculpture park, and many other smaller activity areas.