There are many regional efforts that are important to Great Rivers Greenway!
Below are some of the things we’re working on with partners to make the region amazing.
CityArchRiver will make St. Louis’ beloved Gateway Arch easier and safer for everyone to experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the park’s grounds and museums.
Designed by world-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, CityArchRiver connects the Gateway Arch grounds with the East and West riverfronts and the region. Through the creation of new spaces for events and public education, expanded museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, performance venues and a lively, invigorated riverfront, locals and tourists alike will find new opportunities to learn, linger and enjoy one of the world’s most recognized icons.
Great Rivers Greenway is the proud steward of the taxpayers’ investment in this project through Proposition P, passed in April 2013. We are a major partner and have also enlisted the help of Kwame to track minority participation on this project. The latest reports are available here and here.
For more information about navigating the construction for CityArchRiver, visit their website.
Bike St. Louis
Bike St. Louis is a joint partnership between Great Rivers Greenway and the Cities of St. Louis, Clayton, Maplewood and Kirkwood to create a network of street routes for bicycles. Starting in 2004, three phases have been completed for a total of 150 miles of street routes for bicycles to take you to work, school, parks, neighborhoods and other attractions across our city.
Click the map cover to download the most recent (April 2015) Bike St. Louis map!
North Riverfront Open Space and Redevelopment Plan
Great Rivers Greenway has been collaborating with the City of St. Louis, Metro, MoDOT, Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association and other stakeholders on various studies to enhance the area known as the North Riverfront. This project area is defined as the St. Louis Riverfront with Eads Bridge on the south, the new Stan Musial/ Veterans Memorial Bridge on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, and Highway I-44 to the west. (Click here for a larger map.) The map also refers to an additional study area north of the Stan Musial/ Veteran’s Memorial Bridge that would connect to Great Rivers Greenway’s Trestle project.
Part of the project area also overlaps with the proposed riverfront stadium project. The North Riverfront Open Space and Redevelopment Plan will include options with and without a stadium.
The overall goal of the Open Space and Redevelopment Plan is to promote economic revitalization of the North Riverfront by transforming vacant property along the Mississippi River into public parks and recreation amenities as well as enhancing private enterprise. Specifically:
Create a redeveloped waterfront area that could reap the economic benefits of mixed-use development; a place to live, work and play that welcomes people to visit. (This is the area that may or may not include the proposed stadium.)
Review, assess and make recommendations regarding existing land use studies and redevelopment plans.
Create a strong link between the Central Riverfront, the Gateway Arch and all greenways in the River Ring.
Provide active recreational and park space; Recommend short and long-term strategies including temporary uses and long-term redevelopment strategies.
Provide safe, accessible; and secure access to the river and riverfront amenities.
The work to develop the Open Space and Redevelopment Plan began in summer 2014 with a consultant team hired by Great Rivers Greenway in October 2014. The Plan is anticipated to be complete in Summer 2015. A Technical Advisory Committee is established and there will also be opportunities for residents, property owners, and other interested citizens to provide feedback and information to the project team. If you have further questions, please email Great Rivers Greenway Director of Planning, Todd Antoine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gateway Bike Plan
The Gateway Bike Plan is a cooperative effort between the District and stakeholders and agencies in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and urban St. Charles County. The primary purpose of the Plan is to provide a coordinated vision for accommodating and encouraging bicycling as a viable transportation mode in the region. Incorporating citizen and stakeholder input, the latest standards in facility design, and analysis of constraints and opportunities, the Plan will be the source reference document as the Regional Bicycle Network is developed over the next 20 years. Click here for more information on the Gateway Bike Plan.
Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing
Missouri’s first nationally-recognized underground railroad site is along the Mississippi Greenway and we’re a proud partner in taking care of that site and celebrating with an engaging event every May. Check out the Facebook page for continued updates!
Making St. Louis an active, vibrant city is our main priority! In 2014, Great Rivers Greenway undertook an effort to execute a feasibility study on the concept of bringing a Bike Share program to the St. Louis region; cities like New York or Denver are enjoying these systems, where people can rent and return bicycles for short term use. We are pleased to present a thoughtful and thorough report, produced by all of the good work the community did throughout 2014. If you filled out a survey, attended an open house or served on our advisory committee, thank you! The plan studied everything from possible locations to business plans to operational models in other cities.
Now that the feasibility study is complete, the next step is exploring models for a solid operational plan with multiple partners. There are many options to consider in determining what will work best for St. Louis! Partners across the region are discussing the most effective models for an operation.
View the final reports here:
Bike Share Feasibility Study Final Report
Bike Share Feasibility Study Public Engagement Appendix
Regional Sustainability Plan (OneSTL)
Great Rivers Greenway is a partner on the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. This project, made possible by a three-year, $4.7 million grant to St. Louis by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will help develop a regional sustainability plan that includes housing, transportation and economic development. Click here for more information on the Regional Sustainability Plan.