The 32 mile Mississippi Greenway (formerly known as the Confluence Greenway) is a major greenway with a master plan to connect with the Missouri Greenway, Maline Greenway, the Trestle, the Arch grounds, Gateway Mall and Mississippi Greenway south of downtown St. Louis. To advance this plan, Great Rivers Greenway has invested more than $31 million in land acquisition and greenway construction since 2001.
Projects include the Confluence Point State Park in St. Charles County, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and Riverfront Trail in the City of St. Louis, the McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Branch Street Trestle and the Trestle in the City of St. Louis.
Current Status Mississippi Greenway North of Downtown:
The Mississippi Greenway: Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge 12.5-mile (Riverfront Trail) winds through both sides of the flood wall that protects the City of St. Louis and offers views of the working riverfront that even most native St. Louisans have never seen before. The new 1.5 mile extension from Biddle to Chouteau opened in June 2016 and will connect to the new circulation pathways on the Gateway Arch grounds when the project is complete. This is part of the CityArchRiver partnership.
Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis are looking at several areas along the greenway that could benefit from design modifications to decrease conflicts between recreational users and vehicles that need access for commerce along the industrial riverfront. Plans for this study are in development.
The Trestle is the abandoned, elevated rail line, the green painted bridge across Interstate 70. This is a major initiative that is approximately $60 million, which our taxpayer funding cannot cover alone. We did a feasibility study for a fundraising campaign last year and the St. Louis donor community was not ready for us to launch a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds. We’re continuing to refine the plan and maintain the structure, but will need a comprehensive partner effort with major private or grant investment to move forward. It’s in the plans but may not move forward just yet.
North Riverfront Open Space and Redevelopment Plan
Great Rivers Greenway has been working in collaboration 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 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 encouraging private enterprise.
In November 2015, the Great Rivers Greenway board approved a resolution to adopt the plan. The City of St. Louis Planning Commission also approved the plan in December 2015. This overall plan is conceptual in nature, and many partners are needed to bring it to life. Our role is focused, of course, on the park and open spaces parts of the overall plan. The plan focuses on a 21-acre portion of the overall North Riverfront Area (see map, left) and reflects the goals and objectives identified in the larger plan. The goals for the design of the park are:
To promote wellness
To incorporate innovative storm water techniques designed to withstand flood events
To include innovative programming for residents and visitors that cannot be found elsewhere along the riverfront.
The steering Committee for this project (Great Rivers Greenway and City of St. Louis) met in November 2016 to review the status of the project and discuss next steps for 2017. In 2017, the team will focus on the two parcels of land owned by Great Rivers Greenway and continue to bring the design to a higher level.
If you have further questions, please email Great Rivers Greenway Director of Planning, Todd Antoine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Status Mississippi Greenway South of Downtown:
The master plan for the southern portion of the Mississippi Greenway extends it nine miles from downtown St. Louis to the River des Peres Greenway and then ten miles further to the Meramec Greenway. Currently, there are two completed greenways along the Mississippi Greenway–Cliff Cave County Park and Jefferson Barracks to River des Peres.
Mississippi Greenway: Jefferson Barracks to River des Peres extends 1.6 miles from the trailhead in Jefferson Barracks Park to the northern edge of the River City Casino Property along the River des Peres. Construction is underway to connect it to the River des Peres Greenway at Alabama Ave. Visitors to Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis County can use this greenway to get an up close view of the Mississippi River, and will eventually be able to walk or ride all the way to Carondelet Park or the Lansdowne-Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.
Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave County Park is a 4.7 mile loop (paved) nestled in a unique park that gets its name from the cave tucked in the bluffs of south St. Louis County. The park offers hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails as well as picnic areas and shelters.
Mississippi Greenway to River des Peres Greenway:
Construction to connect the Mississippi Greenway to the River des Peres Greenway is underway! It is extending the River des Peres Greenway from its current endpoint at Alabama Ave. to the current endpoint of the Mississippi Greenway at the northern edge of the River City Casino.
Construction between Alabama and Broadway is largely complete, and is already seeing use by cyclists and pedestrians, but the remainder of the extension from Broadway to the River City Casino is temporarily on hold.
Great Rivers Greenway, in partnership with the Metropolitan Sewer District, is currently planning some repairs to the banks of the River des Peres along the path of the greenway as well as some sewer line improvements. These matters will need to be addressed before the remainder of the trail can be constructed. Stay tuned for additional updates.
Cliff Cave Park:
Plans are moving forward on a new greenway (paved, ADA accessible) that will connect the existing trail within Cliff Cave Park up the bluff to the scenic overlook, and a neighborhood spur out to Telegraph Road. Construction will begin in spring 2017.
Click here for the latest update on this project (February 27, 2017)
Click here to see the presentation from our October 13, 2016 Open House
Click here to see the presentation boards from our January 13, 2016 Open House or click here for a recap and update from the open house.
Sister Marie Charles & Bellerive Park:
We have been working with the City of St. Louis to create a connection between Sister Marie Charles and Bellerive Parks. Trail construction is underway and is substantially complete. Landscaping will take place in the spring along with other finishing touches once the warmer weather returns!