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Kiener Plaza undergoing costly renovations

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Runner Statue being temporarily removed from Kiener Plaza (Credit: KMOV) Runner Statue being temporarily removed from Kiener Plaza (Credit: KMOV)

DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS ( – Construction is underway at Kiener Plaza to make 19 million dollars' worth of renovations to the park.

On February 18, major features of Kiener Plaza have been either demolished or removed.

The amphitheater is gone from the park. The Runner Statue from the Kiener Memorial Fountain across the street from the Old Courthouse has been temporarily removed.

The statue of the Runner will go into storage for safekeeping while the construction is finished. When the statue goes back into the park, the fountain itself will be moved away from the Old Courthouse to make a more central place in the park.

Officials say plans are in place to add a large courthouse lawn where the fountain would have stood.     

The new Kiener Plaza will also include a play garden with interactive fountains for kids, patio seating, and shaded gardens.             

“We just are real happy that the sculpture is still staying and we’re probably the last remnants of his caring group. It will be here for the next several generations, so we’re happy about that,” said Keith Beck, cousin of the park’s namesake, Harry Kiener.

CityArchRiver and Great Rivers Greenway say they hope the new Kiener Plaza will be home to festivals, concerts, and events.

Officials say the work is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017.    

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