A decorative wrought iron fence will be installed at Jensen’s Point Park to replace the chainlink fence at the entry and to replace an existing barrier fence at the edge of the bluff.
Local blacksmith Harry Engelhart and his apprentice, Robbie Miles, will construct more than 80 8-foot panels to create 650 feet of fencing at the site.
The design of the fencing is to make it look as though it was constructed at the time of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) stonework, Engelhart said.
Standing before a panel that he delivered to city hall, Engelhart explained that the design of the fence includes finials that are a salute to both the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis area.
“The circles are replicated from the fence at Shaw Nature Reserve,” he said. “After all, Jensen’s Point was part of the Shaw Gardenway and the fleur-de-lis finials at the very top represent St. Louis.”
Engelhart also noted that from more than a dozen fleur-de-lis designs, he chose one with a soft bubble tip rather than a fine point in case some curious child reached for the top and was injured.
“It will look new when it is installed,” he said. “But after it has had a chance to age a bit it will look like it has been there since the beginning.”
On Wednesday, aldermen approved a bid of $24,028 from Shapiro Metal Supply, St. Louis, to supply the material. Shapiro was the higher of two bids received on the materials.
Engelhart and Miles will begin welding the panels together this week at their shop on West Osage. Installation of the fences will begin in October.
Engelhart said he expects the fence to be completed by the end of the year.
The stone pavilion and patio at the top of the bluff were constructed in 1938-39 as a waystop on the Route 66 section of the Henry Shaw Gardenway between Shaw’s Garden, now the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Shaw’s Arboretum, now Shaw Nature Reserve.
The tourist park, which was named for Lars Peter Jensen, arboretum director, opened to great fanfare on Memorial Day, 1939.
The city of Pacific acquired the park in 2015 with a grant from the St. Louis County Parks grant program and reopened it to the public on Memorial Day 2016.