From municipal parks to urban streets and greenways, DG2 Design enjoys working with our clients to write and apply for grants or non-repayable funds. Most of these grants are to fund a specific project and require some level of compliance and reporting by the design team. The few examples below demonstrate that the more successful we are at the grant application the greater the likelihood our design gets implemented.
Fogerty Park in the city of University City is getting a face lift. Phase one of an updated master plan is now under construction. DG2 Design worked with the City to apply for a municipal park grant for a park masterplan. The designers worked with the City staff and citizens to determine priorities and goals for the 11 acre urban site which connects to an adjacent elementary school. A series of public workshops and presentations were facilitated to select a final concept to move forward with. The primary goal was to restore the surrounding neighbors connection with nature. Major park amenities will include 2 new pavilions, new restroom building, improved sports fields and paths, splash pad, native landscape, and a fully re-designed playground area. After completing the cost estimates and phasing plan DG2 Design assisted the City with the application for a second municipal park grant for the construction of phase one. The project was approved for a grant of $525,000 to help fund the $750,000 phase one.
DG2 Design and the engineer Burns & McDonnell worked with Great Rivers Greenway to successfully apply for a CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality) grant of $1.5 million to extend the River des Peres Greenway from the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink station to Francis R. Slay Park in the City of St. Louis. Click Here to learn more about this new 1.8 mile greenway extension. The project construction began in February 2017.
DG2 Design and engineer Reitz and Jens are finishing up the construction documents for the extension of the Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) from Orlando Gardens to the River des Peres Greenway. Construction slated to begin in 2017! When complete, it will be a continuous 17 mile route linking cities, neighborhoods and portions of unincorporated St. Louis County from Kirkwood to the St. Louis City limits near River City Casino. The greenway extension requires two bridges and an underpass. The estimated cost is $10.2 million and required that we leverage grants and private donations to fund the project. The team has already been approved for $2.6 million in Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding from East West Gateway and a $1 million private grant from the Mysun Foundation. We are continuing to seek additional funding opportunities as we work through final construction documents.