Great Rivers Greenway
makes the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways.
Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways. In 2000, a vote of the people created a sales tax to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers & parks. Those funds allow us to collaborate with partners and communities to build, care for and bring to life your network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way.
We serve the 2 million people throughout our 1,200 square mile district of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. We collaborate with municipalities, public agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations across the region to deliver on the community’s vision for a vibrant, connected region.
In 2013, voters dedicated funds to support local parks departments, greenways and the transformation of the area surrounding the Gateway Arch, known as the CityArchRiver Project. As one of six partners in the CityArchRiver Alliance team, we are the stewards of the taxpayers’ investment and we collaborate to create a seamless and excellent experience from downtown St. Louis to the Gateway Arch to the mighty Mississippi.
Great Rivers Greenway is governed by a 12-member appointed Board of Directors that represent the region, is led by a staff of 25 people, works with 265+ partners and is accountable to the taxpayers through annual reports, collaborative regional plans every five years and ongoing community engagement at multiple levels.
Citizen’s Vision (click the map to learn more)
Residents of the St. Louis region voted for and invested in a clear, bold vision – a dynamic network of connecting rivers, parks and communities, strengthening the social, economic and environmental well-being of our region. Community members proudly invest in, care for and champion greenways for years to come.
There are 45 greenways identified in the overall “River Ring” plan for a total of 600 miles. We’re actively working on 16 of those 45. The map below shows the status on the 121 miles (and counting!) we’ve built so far, with another almost 200 miles in planning:
What is a greenway?:
Greenways are outdoor spaces connecting people & places. Each greenway is unique, reflecting the character of the communities it connects. Greenways can include:
- Trails where you can take a walk, go for a run, ride a bike or just get some fresh air. These are almost always paved and accessible for all.
- Conservation projects to maintain healthy habitats & watersheds, such as rain gardens, native plants, restored prairies, wetlands & floodplains.
- Amenities like restrooms, water fountains, benches, bike racks, signage, parking & playgrounds.
- Connections to business districts, neighborhoods, transit, jobs, schools, cultural destinations, rivers, creeks, parks & conservation areas.
» Give you active ways to get around town
» Create more places outside to explore and enjoy
» Make it easy to lead a healthy lifestyle
» Connect communities
» Conserve natural resources
» Enhance our economy
Read more about the benefits of greenways.
A note about how we work:
We strengthen our region’s vibrancy through collaboration.
We believe many hands make light work, and partnerships increase impact. Our citizens benefit when we work together.
• As a collaborator in the community, we bring people together, from citizens to government agencies, nonprofits to private companies and everyone in between to deliver the best possible greenway project.
• The greenways are planned, brought to life and cared for in partnership with the 100+ municipalities and institutions they connect. We help our partners with training, volunteer workdays and support to ensure that your experience is great no matter where you explore. These projects transcend political boundaries and unite us based on watersheds, not zip codes or city limits.
• We support and promote the many groups doing events and programs that invite our community to see, try and learn out on the greenways. Whether it’s sharing resources, celebrating success or troubleshooting problems, working together strengthens the way our communities can connect and live life outside.