Chouteau Greenway Master Plan

Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway

The Chouteau Greenway plan calls for a unique greenway through the heart of St. Louis—from Washington University and Forest Park all the way to Downtown and the Gateway Arch. Community members, partners and designers will envision the Chouteau Greenway through a design competition.

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Residents of the St. Louis region, project partners, and designers have an opportunity to work together to design and build a greenway (more than a paved trail for walking, running and biking – it will have places to explore and enjoy and will connect to multiple destinations) that reflects the dynamic and unique experiences that the people of the St. Louis region desire. Take the survey now:

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Current Status

Boyle Avenue to Sarah Avenue
The St. Louis region was awarded a $10.3 million US Department of Transportation TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to construct a new MetroLink light rail station along with the first segment of Chouteau Greenway so employees and visitors can walk or ride bikes to connect with the Cortex Innovation Community. A formal groundbreaking was held on June 8, 2017 and construction is now underway. This project is expected to be complete in mid-2018.

As a primary partner on the TIGER grant application, Great Rivers Greenway is responsible for developing the first segment of the Chouteau Greenway between Boyle and Sarah Avenues.

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History of the Chouteau Greenway Project

Early concepts for Chouteau Greenway predate the formation of Great Rivers Greenway. Plans for Chouteau Lake on the southern edge of Downtown St. Louis began taking shape in 1999, under the visionary leadership of McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS). Subsequently, the Chouteau Lake & Greenway Initiative was founded in the early 2000s and MBS engaged the HOK Planning Group, URS, ABNA, Bryan Cave LLP, Development Strategies, Great Rivers Greenway and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the Chouteau Lake & Greenway Master Plan.

The team’s major green infrastructure Master Plan was conceived to connect parks and public spaces via a system of urban lakes, wetlands and trails through the St. Louis urban core. It was designed to provide recreational access and transportation alternatives for regional residents, stormwater mitigation, brownfield remediation, and to stimulate private development of adjacent land, neighborhoods, and commercial zones. The Chouteau Lake & Greenway Master Plan sought to link the emerging St. Louis regional greenways system with environmental restoration and the economic revitalization of the City’s central corridor.

A coalition of civic leaders in Missouri and Illinois, including elected officials, institutional leaders, philanthropists and others joined to support the creation of a national model for 21st century urban revitalization and environmental impact. Corporate sponsors and institutions including AT&T, Civic Progress Downtown Now, A. G. Edwards, Edward Jones, Nestle‐Purina, Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Washington University, Saint Louis University, Sigma‐Aldrich, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation, made significant financial contributions to underwrite the transformative initiative.

Now, leveraging the vision, research and diligence of that original effort, civic leaders from the region are excited to take that plan to the next level through the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition. Stay tuned for updates by signing up for our monthly email newsletter.