Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Contracts go out for bid today to reshape the northern end of the Arch Groundsthe next phase in the effort to connect the Arch with the rest of downtown.

This phase of the project will focus largely on landscaping and the installation of new lighting and infrastructure, as well as a reflecting pond.

Coming soon, according to assistant superintendent Frank Mares, will be the removal of a large parking garage on the northern end of the property and a complete transformation between Memorial and Leonor K. Sullivan.

“That whole area will be landscaped as a natural amphitheater area, children’s explorer’s garden,” he says. “So, it will be a very different-looking place.”

More than a quarter of the funding for the $380 million riverfront project came as a result of last year’s passage of Prop P in St. Louis city and county.

KMOX News asked about the planned elimination of the 1200 space parking garage, not specifically part of this project, but included in the overall riverfront facelift.

Mares cites studies showing that there will still be ample garage and street parking for Arch visitors.

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