The CityArchRiver Project is making St. Louis’ beloved Gateway Arch easier and safer for everyone to experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the park’s grounds and museums.
CityArchRiver connects the Gateway Arch grounds with downtown and the riverfront. 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 serve as a major partner on the project, overseeing the public funds but also actively collaborating on construction, planning for operations and maintenance, and contributing to programming, events and communications. You can read all about the many project components in the 2015 CityArchRiver Report to the Community or at the project website.
One of the projects was the renovation of the riverfront (part of the Mississippi Greenway!) We elevated the street (Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard), an average of almost 2 feet across the 1.5 mile section, stretching from Chouteau Avenue to the Biddle Street Trailhead of the greenway. This means it will flood 60% less of the year, making it easier to connect to our historic riverfront! We also created separated paths for walking and biking, a new stage area, added new lights, benches and bike racks.
Great Rivers Greenway values inclusive construction projects. To ensure good stewardship, we enlisted the help of an outside firm (KWAME Building Group, Inc.) to monitor and report DBE participation on our redevelopment of the Central Riverfront portion of the Mississippi Greenway near the St. Louis Arch. Workforce hours broken down by trade through September 2016 can be found here. Disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation can be found here. Efficacy Consulting is tracking workforce participation on Kiener Plaza. As of November 2016, Kiener Plaza’s workforce is 27.4% minority (surpassing 14.7% goal) and 2.0% female (6.9% goal by project end).