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Ackert Park
City of University City, MO

Ackert Park is a 1 acre pocket park located within the Historic Parkview Gardens neighborhood in University City, MO which required a conceptual design of the park for future planned improvements to the site. The park is bisected by the Historic Ackert Walkway which was once part of the Ferguson Streetcar Right of Way and is planned for future improvements as part of the Centennial Greenway. An existing plaza, a former water feature (now landscape planter) and canopy structure remain today as part of a station stop.


Gateway Design Studio provided a full Master Plan and needs assessment of the park evaluating the existing conditions and providing recommendations through evaluation of potential park improvements related to such factors as the preservation of historic built and natural park resources, pavement replacement, pedestrian circulation, seating areas, a themed playground, art murals and sculptures. In addition, GDS provided subsequent preliminary and final plans for construction, bid administration and construction observation services.

The park is slated for completion in 2022.



  • Sculpture Playground

  • Sculpture Garden

  • Historic Preservation

  • Outdoor Art Mural

  • ADA accessibility

  • Trail Integration

  • Landscape Improvements

  • Splash Pad Fountain Feature



  • Park Planning

  • Stakeholder Meetings

  • Cost Estimation

  • Project Visioning

  • Preliminary and Final Design

  • Bid Administration

  • Construction Observation



Darren Dunkel, CPRP - Director of Parks and Recreation

Bird's Eye view of park improvements
Dolphin Fountain Design Image
Sculpture Splash Pad Detail Area
Art Mural Example Image
Sculpture Playground Area with Pergola Seating
Sculpture Garden Area
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Gateway Design Studio, LLC
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Suite 200
St. Louis, Missouri 63005

Ph: 314-703-1800
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