(KMOV)-- A centerpiece of downtown St. Louis is littered with trash, despite the fact the Park Department says it cleans the spot regularly.
A viewer alerted News 4 about trash piling up around Kiener Plaza, and Robin Smith found empty cups, bottles, and cigarette boxes scattered all around the popular attraction.
She questioned the Park Department, which explained the park is cleaned twice a day—in the morning around 8:00, and again around 2:00 p.m.
Gary Bess, Director of Parks for St. Louis City, admits visitors may find it dirty, though, depending when they visit, especially including the lunch rush.
That is when News 4 photographers recently headed over to Kiener Plaza, and they found litter scattered throughout the park.
Kiener Plaza is located between Broadway, 7th, Market, and Chestnut Streets, making it a prime area for downtown workers to visit during lunch, particularly during the warmer seasons.
This weekend, a group of convention planners will arrive in St. Louis, along with 5,000 members and exhibitors. They represent various organizations, and recommend where those groups should hold their conventions.
Robin questioned Bess about the potential look of the park, and whether the lack of grass also tormenting the plaza will be addressed. Bess said the park will be cleaned as usual, and the grass issue cannot be fixed until fall.