Some of you may have heard about KHVT's move to purchase an LRA property on Morganford. After attending and presenting to several of the area's Neighborhood Associations, meeting with Alderman Howard several times, and meeting with the STL Parks Directors over the last 6 months we were able to get approval and recommendations from all that we met with including the Director of the Street Dept.
We then approached the LRA about the property that the neighborhood suggested would be a good fit for a skatepark. It turned out that the land had recently been an old gas station and the city paid to have the gas tanks and everything removed so that it would pass all EPA standards. This cost the City a lot of money. We low balled the offer we made to them as per the advise of our co-conspirators and the local officials. The LRA did not budge... They would like around $38,000. We were hoping to Spend around $50,000 on the whole project! After donated material and volunteer labor we would still be cutting it close.
So its back to the drawing board for a bit on the Morganford park but now Alderman Howard has vowed that "this will happen" in her ward so that's good. She is currently looking into some other options as far as a possible lease situation.
We have also been pursuing other areas of the city as well and are currently working on a deal through Wash. U in the Grove neighborhood. Several properties have been identified for possible donation to KHVT. They are very excited about the possibility of adding a skatepark to there neighborhood and would like to be the First in the city!
With all this going on we still need help at our Kingshighway park. We still need to pick up trash and paint over the graffiti. We will be working on the pump bump this Sunday and hopefully pouring it next week. For more info on upcoming build days email us at