Open house-style program will take place at Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall from 4-8 p.m., featuring presentations, an expo with St. Louis area organizations and an invitation for feedback
You are invited to learn the latest details about the Chouteau Greenway Project at a Community Update event on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The open house-style event will be held at the Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, located at 2319 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103. Area residents are encouraged to stop by anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. to learn more about the Chouteau Greenway planning process, project area and the community members who make up the Steering Committee, Working Groups and Artists of Color Council. You can also provide feedback on some of the plans and ideas shared to date.
Duplicate, 20-minute presentations will be held at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., and representatives from Great Rivers Greenway will be available between all presentations to answer questions. There will also be display boards with information about the project’s timeline and planning process as led by Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss Team, which was selected through the project’s design competition. Attendees can learn more about the proposed project area at an on-site expo, featuring organizations from across the city, such as Venture Café St. Louis, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Saint Louis Zoo, Grand Center Inc, Paraquad, Kingsway Development and many more. These partners will be sharing and gathering information at their booths.
Those in attendance will be able to contribute to an interactive mapping activity to mark the places where they live, work, learn, play and gather within the project area. An online, interactive version of the map will also be available following the open house at ChouteauGreenway.org. This community feedback will not only help project planners “connect the dots” in shaping their planning efforts but will also help everyone get to know the project footprint and their neighbors’ stories and experiences.
“Building on the last year of engagement, we want to hear from the experts of this project area – the people who live, work and play there – to make sure we’re capturing everything,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Community Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “This event and online map are also the first of many opportunities for people who may be less familiar with the project area to explore it as it is now, so everyone can start to envision the possibilities together.”
Since the final phase of the International Design Competition for the Chouteau Greenway concluded in November 2018, the agency has been recruiting community members for the Working Groups and Steering Committees, ensuring representation from the 19 city neighborhoods that lie within the project area. The next step will be to create an overall framework plan, covering the four topics of alignments, look and feel of the greenway, economic growth and equity, before beginning design and engineering on specific segments. When the framework is complete in Summer 2019, pieces of geography will be studied in projects called “labs” to test the framework and further design specific greenway segments.
People who are unable to attend are encouraged to view the presentation and share feedback online at www.ChouteauGreenway.org.