Chouteau Greenway Press Kit 11.19.18

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Final Competition Report:


St. Louis, MO – Nov. 19, 2018 – Great Rivers Greenway and partners have completed the final phase of the International Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway, a 1-year public-private partnership to imagine a greenway focused on connectivity, economic opportunity, equity and sustainability in the City of St. Louis. A report published today details additions and refinements to the original conceptual plan submitted by the Stoss Landscape Urbanism team in April. The next phase of planning includes multiple engagement opportunities including recruiting additional neighborhood representation, input on the engagement plan itself and a community event in February.

The report shares a new mission/vision statement, “Chouteau Greenway will transform St. Louis by connecting people and our City’s most treasured places, creating inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth”. More than just a free, accessible trail where people can exercise, commute or explore, the project’s goals include offering an exceptional experience to residents and tourists alike. The greenway aims to create dynamic, active spaces and serve as a regional gathering place that encourages collaboration and boosts civic pride.

Since being selected by the competition jury in May, the Stoss team, comprised of 13 firms or individuals from St. Louis as well as other cities, has been working with Great Rivers Greenway, partners and stakeholders to incorporate the feedback gathered during the competition into their concept. The next step is to create an overall framework plan, before beginning design and engineering on specific segments.

“This project is full of exciting opportunities and interesting challenges that will be a catalyst for new ideas; our team is looking forward to working with St. Louisans to find innovative solutions,” said Chris Reed, FASLA and Founding Director at Stoss Landscape Urbanism. “In our first six months, we will focus on studying routes, designing the look and feel of the greenway and proposing economic and equity plans for the project.”

When the framework is complete in Summer 2019, particular pieces of geography will be studied in projects called “labs” to test the framework and further design specific greenway segments. The map below show the routes to be studied throughout the area that stretches from Forest Park to Gateway Arch National Park and Tower Grove to Fairground Parks through 19 city neighborhoods.











In addition to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team, the project will be led by a Steering Committee and Working Groups made up of residents, technical experts, City representatives and community leaders. In addition to the Community Advisory Committee formed last fall, Great Rivers Greenway now seeks six additional residents to ensure that each neighborhood in the areas to be studied is represented. Residents of Carr Square, Covenant Blu-Grand Center, Greater Ville, Jeff VanderLou, St. Louis Place and Tiffany neighborhoods are invited to sign up. Additionally, an Artists of Color Council was formed in July through an open call, hired to advise the local art and engagement components of the project.

“Chouteau Greenway is all about bringing people together to think differently about St. Louis,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This process will have many voices working together to ultimately connect our city, creating opportunities for economic growth in an equitable way.”

The Stoss team will be collaborating with local consultant Vector Communications for Great Rivers Greenway’s civic engagement on the project. Anyone who lives, works, plays, learns or visits the area of the future Chouteau Greenway is invited to engage with the project in multiple ways including subscribing for email or text updates and attending a series of community events, the first of which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

“We will continue to connect with residents, businesses, students, community groups, property owners and other stakeholders,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Community Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “Please help us fill in our plan by sharing the groups, organizations or people we should know about – call us, stop by our office or find the form online.”

Details and sign-ups for all of those efforts, plus the end of the competition report, are available at or by calling 314-436-7009.

About the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition:

The Chouteau Greenway Design Competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The 1-year process is a transformational project to connect Washington University and Forest Park through our city to downtown and the Gateway Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. The Chouteau Greenway is part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The competition is privately funded by Arch to Park, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Lawrence Group, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, with the City of St. Louis as a major partner. For more information, visit






About Great Rivers Greenway:

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 123 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities. A vote of the people in the year 2000 created a sales tax that allows us, with lots of partner and citizen input, to build, care for and bring to life the network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. For more information, visit

About the Chouteau Greenway Artists of Color Council:

The Artists of Color Council is comprised of eight visual, literary and performing artists. Together, they have been hired to provide guidance on the Chouteau Greenway project. Pacia Anderson, Syrhea Conaway, Miles Dela Cruz, Tre’von Griffith, Chinyere E. Oteh, Sahara Sista S.O.L.S., Jerry Stewart and Diana Zeng were selected to provide guidance to Great Rivers Greenway and the Stoss team to design, promote and implement opportunities for local artists of color as part of the Chouteau Greenway, engaging the community along the way and ensuring that the art is representative and welcoming to the communities the Chouteau Greenway serves. Many thanks to the Whitaker Foundation for their support of the Artists of Color Council. More information at










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Birdwatching on the Greenways

Birdwatching is a hobby that combines fresh air, exercise, and beautiful scenery wrapped up in a treasure hunt. Not only that, birdwatching has no age limitations, requires minimal equipment and gives everyone the opportunity to be a citizen-scientist.  The only word of caution from experienced birdwatchers is that once you start, it can become addicting!

Greenways are great places for birdwatching. In fact, several have been recognized by the Audubon Society as “important bird areas.” We asked the St. Louis Audubon Society to recommend the best greenways for spotting a wide variety of birds along with some tips for beginners.

Best Greenways for Birdwatching

Fee Fee Greenway: Aquaport to Creve Coeur Park

The best place for spotting birds along this greenway is the area from McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur Park. It meanders through what is known as an “edge habitat”—the space between a developed area and a natural habitat. The greenway’s location on a prairie flood plain near the Missouri River provides food and refuge for many migrating waders, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

Meramec Greenway near the Al Foster Trail

The section of the Meremec Greenway near the Al Foster trail lies within a bottomland forest and is considered an important bird area by the Audubon Society. It provides habitat for breeding forest birds, such as the Red-shouldered Hawk and Prothonotary Warbler. You can find all 107 species of birds that have been recorded in this birding “hotspot” on ebird.

River des Peres Greenway at Carondelet Park

Carondelet Park is on the eastern end of the River des Peres Greenway. This historic, 179-acre park provides stopover habitat for many migrating species in spring and fall. It also provides some breeding habitat for many birds excluded from the surrounding urban landscape (e.g., hawks and owls). The Audubon Society recently recorded 29 different species of birds on a single early-morning beginner bird walk in Carondelet Park!

Busch Greenway: Katy Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area

A good portion of the Busch Greenway passes through second-growth upland and bottomland forest, shrubland, and cropland areas managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. All of this great breeding and stopover habitat means great birdwatching! If you want to see lots of birds, focus on the area between the Duckett Creek trail head and Katy Trail or the section that stretches between Weldon Spring and August A. Busch Conservation areas.

Birdwatching for Beginners: What do you need?

  • A pair of binoculars
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • A field guide to birds. There are several options:
    • The Audubon Society has a list of recommended field guides here. You can also borrow one for free from your local library!
    • If you prefer to use an app on your phone, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created the Merlin Bird Identification App. It prompts you to answer five questions about the bird you have seen and it offers suggestions about what kind of bird it is based on your location. Learn more about Merlin here.

The Audubon Society also has a free app for identifying birds. Learn more about the Audubon Society app here:

Birdwatching Tips

  • Walk slowly
  • Use quiet voices; no shouting
  • Smaller groups are better
  • Observe; do not interact with the birds
  • Look low along the ground in “shrubby” areas and high up in the tree tops
  • Listen carefully (If you want to familiarize yourself with different bird songs, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All about Birds” field guide. You can enter the name of the bird and hear their song. Find it here: )

Become a Citizen Scientist: Share the birds you have seen on the greenways!

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. This collaborative effort is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  eBird lets you:

  • Keep track of your bird lists, photos, and sounds
  • Explore latest sightings from around the world
  • Join the world’s largest birding community
  • Contribute to science and conservation
  • Find the latest bird hots spots in your area
  • Track migration of birds through your area

Registration on eBird is free and it an excellent resource for beginning and expert birdwatchers alike. Click here to learn more about ebird.



Greenway Construction Update: October 2018

Since January, we’ve cut the ribbon on five expanded greenways–Centennial Greenway Bridges over Highways 364 and 94, Mississippi Greenway in Cliff Cave Park, phase one of Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail connection to River des Peres, the Fee Fee Greenway connection to Creve Coeur Park and the expanded Deer Creek Greenway to Lorraine Davis Park. While we love celebrating these milestones, our team is focused on planning and building future greenway connections for you! Here’s a quick update:

Maline Greenway: Bella Fontaine Park

Construction of the first segment of the Maline Greenway in Bella Fontaine County Park is on track. This phase of the project will make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to both side of the park via a new underpass beneath Lewis and Clark Blvd. The project also includes the replacement of three pedestrian bridges and stabilization of the banks of Maline Creek. All three bridges have been set and crews are installing a rock riffle— a stream bank stabilization feature—adjacent to one of the new bridges. A rock riffle slows the flow of water in the creek during heavy rains and allows it to temporarily pond just upstream of the riffle. This not only prevents further erosion of the creek bank, but also slows the energy of the water as it moves downstream. After the riffle is built, portions of the creek bank that have been reshaped into a gentler slope will be planted with a mix of water-loving native trees and shrubs. Stay tuned for a late spring 2019 ribbon cutting!

Centennial Greenway: Improvements to intersection at Delmar Blvd. at McKnight Road

Work to improve the Centennial Greenway at Delmar Blvd. at McKnight Rd. (east of I-170) is underway. The goal of this project is to make this intersection easier for all users to navigate—whether they are on foot, bike, using a wheelchair or driving a car. The changes include new curb ramps, sidewalks, a protected bike lane, traffic signal improvements, navigation signage, and special white and green pavement markings that will keep walkers and bikers separate through both crossings. Crews have removed old medians and pavement and are currently working on the north side of Delmar building a new curb, sidewalks and a median on McKnight Rd. New signage is expected to be installed by the end of November. Weather permitting, the project should wrap up by the end of the year.

Coming Soon

Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail Connection to River des Peres Greenway

Construction on the next phase of the connection between Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail and the River des Peres Greenway is about to begin! We expect crews to break ground later this fall on this eagerly-anticipated greenway project. Necessary relocation of underground utilities is almost done and once crews are mobilized they will begin limited tree clearing and install erosion control and storm water pollution prevention measures. Construction will have no impact on greenway users and the full length of the existing greenway and all trail heads will remain open. Keep in mind that much of the construction will not be visible from Gravois Greenway’s current endpoint at Hoffmeister Ave. for several months. Weather permitting, the work is expected to last about 15 months. When the full extension is complete, three greenways will be linked together- Gravois, River des Peres, and Mississippi—with 21 continuous miles to explore and enjoy!


Mississippi Greenway: Katherine Ward Burg Garden

The Katherine Ward Burg Garden is the first step in a long-term plan to redevelop the St. Louis Riverfront north of the Eads Bridge and Gateway Arch in partnership with the City of St. Louis and other stakeholders. Situated adjacent to the Eads Bridge, the half-acre plaza has been designed to create a flexible and welcoming open space which attracts visitors north from the Arch grounds to explore Laclede’s Landing. This new space will serve as a comfortable spot for relaxing and meeting friends or for special events and programs and is made possible by a generous estate donation from the Katherine W. Burg trust. Final permitting for the Katherine Ward Burg Garden is underway and we are putting the finishing touches on the plan documents. We hope to go out to bid in November and expect construction to start in early 2019. The project is expected to last about nine months.

Join Us October 13 to Celebrate the Expanded Deer Creek Greenway

Ribbon Cutting and Community Celebration at Lorraine Davis Davis Park in Webster Groves

Join us and our partners at the City of Webster Groves to celebrate the newest segment of the Deer Creek Greenway at a community celebration and ribbon cutting on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the northern section of Lorraine Davis Park, which is located between Waymire and Thornton Avenues in Webster Groves.

The project extends the existing 0.7-mile paved greenway between Deer Creek Shopping Center at Big Bend Blvd and Webster Groves Deer Creek Park an additional 1.5 miles along Pacific Avenue, through Barnickel Park to Lorraine Davis Park, ending at Ravine Avenue. New trees, shrubs, native grasses and benches can be found along the paved, ADA accessible path. A new parking lot was built in Barnickel Park, and the existing half-basketball court was improved. In Lorraine Davis Park, there are new boardwalks, landscaping with native plants, and a pavilion with picnic tables and a drinking fountain overlooking the confluence of Deer and Shady Creeks.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, project partners, contractors, area residents and elected officials will officially open the new greenway with a ribbon cutting and a morning filled with music, fitness and family fun in Lorraine Davis Park. The celebration will include a blues music performance co-hosted by the National Blues Museum; free fitness classes; yard games, and the opportunity to explore the new greenway. Sarah’s Cake Stop Food Truck will be on hand with free sweet treats to the first 125 visitors. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Pre-ribbon Cutting Fitness Class: Steel Plate CrossFit will lead a free fitness class suitable for all fitness levels. No experience required.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Ribbon cutting: Project partners, contractors, elected officials and North Webster Neighborhood Association will officially open the new greenway with remarks and a ribbon cutting.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Live Blues Music Performance by Jeremiah Allen Duo
  • 11:15a.m. – Fitness Class: Complete Fitness Results will lead a free fitness class suitable for all fitness levels. No experience required.

“The expanded Deer Creek Greenway is an incredible community asset, not only for the people who live and work in Webster Groves but also the people of the region,” said Gerry Welch, Mayor of Webster Groves. “We encourage the community to join us on October 13 to celebrate this wonderful new space for walking and riding bikes and see all of the improvements to Lorraine Davis and Barnickel Parks.”

Thanks to the funding and cooperation by the City of Webster Groves and the Bellwether Foundation, Inc., a new trailhead was built along Marshall Avenue, just east of Brentwood Blvd. The trailhead includes parking for greenway users, a covered pavilion, a drinking fountain, a bike fix-it station and a “pump track,” which features a series of rolling hills and banked turns where bicyclists can have fun and practice their mountain-biking skills. The trailhead project also included the removal of invasive species, new native landscaping, creek bank stabilization and a rain garden designed to better manage storm water runoff into nearby Deer Creek.

“We are happy to deliver this expanded greenway, new trailhead and park improvements to the community,” said Angelica Gutierrez, Great Rivers Greenway project manager. “We’ve not only created a place where people of all ages and abilities can get exercise and enjoy fresh air, but also linked together parks, neighborhoods, shopping and more. We are grateful to our partners at the City of Webster Groves, the Bellwether Foundation and other stakeholders who have helped bring this new greenway to life.”

Construction to Improve Centennial Greenway Intersection at I-170 and Delmar Underway

Improvements to make this intersection easier for people to navigate whether they are walking, riding a bike or driving a car are underway. When construction is complete, there will be enhanced crosswalks, ADA compliant sidewalks, upgraded traffic signals and new way-finding signage that will allow everyone to more safely walk, run, push a stroller, use a wheelchair or ride a bike from Shaw Park to Olive Blvd.


Join us October 5 for a Lunchtime Picnic to Celebrate the Expanded Fee Fee Greenway

Come See the New Paved Greenway that Connects Maryland Heights Community Center, McKelvey Woods and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park

Together with our partners at the City of Maryland Heights and Saint Louis County Parks, we invite you to celebrate the newest segment of the Fee Fee Greenway at a lunchtime picnic and ribbon cutting  on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11am-1 pm in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. The event will take place at the new trailhead, located near the disc golf course across the road from Sailboat Cove (13725 Marine Ave., Maryland Heights, MO 63146).

The project extends the existing 0.8-mile paved greenway an additional 2.2 miles from McKelvey Woods, creating a continuous three-mile paved connection between the Maryland Heights Community Center (trailhead located near Dogport and Aquaport) and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. It also makes it possible for people to continue their walk or bike ride through the park to the Creve Coeur Connector trail and allow them to cross over the Missouri River to connect to the KATY Trail and Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County. These connections enable access to the St. Charles County Heritage Museum and the ability to cross over Highways 364 and 94 in St. Charles County. In total, the new Fee Fee Greenway segment helps to create nearly 16 continuous miles of paved routes for walking and biking.

On Friday, Oct. 5, project partners, contractors, area residents and elected officials will “officially” open the new greenway with a ribbon cutting at the new trailhead. Originally planned for June 14, the event was cancelled due to thunderstorms. The rescheduled celebration will include yard games, music, bring-your-own-picnic-lunch and a walk or bike ride along the greenway. Guest speakers will begin addressing the crowd at approximately 11:15 am, followed by the ribbon cutting at 11:45 am.

“The expanded Fee Fee Greenway has been embraced by not only the people who live and work in Maryland Heights, but also people across the region,” said Tracey Anderson, City of Maryland Heights Director of Parks and Recreation. “We didn’t want a little rain to stop us from officially celebrating this new connection. We encourage the community to join us on October 5 to enjoy a lunchtime picnic and some fresh air on the expanded Fee Fee Greenway.”

The new segment includes a 78-foot-long pedestrian bridge over Fee Fee Creek and a nearly 1,000-foot-long “living wall.” The purpose of the living wall system is to help capture the storm water that drains off the paved surface, reducing the impact on nearby creeks and streams. It will also provide habitat for wildlife and insects. Several hundred new native trees, shrubs, sedges and flowers were also planted along the two-mile extension to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

“This project is a powerful example of how greenways connect us to our rivers, parks, communities and each other,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “By extending the Fee Fee Greenway just two miles, we’ve created a vital link between existing trails and amenities so people can get exercise and fresh air while exploring a wonderful natural area.”

Improvements to Centennial Greenway at Interstate170 and Delmar Coming Soon!

We are getting ready to break ground on improvements to the Centennial Greenway at Delmar and I-170 that will make the intersection easier for people to navigate whether they are walking, riding a bike or driving a car.

Construction is expected to begin in early September and continue through the end of November (weather permitting). There will be temporary lane restrictions or closures along Delmar and McKnight during this time, but the intersection and the sidewalks will remain open. Construction work will generally take place on weekdays, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7am and 3pm.

As the project progresses, there will be some temporary impacts to the greenway. We will place signage along the greenway to let people know about any potential closures. We will also post updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

When construction is complete, there will be enhanced crosswalks, ADA compliant sidewalks, upgraded traffic signals and new way-finding signage that will allow everyone to more safely walk, run, push a stroller, use a wheelchair or ride a bike from Shaw Park to Olive Blvd.


Made in the Shade: 4 Cool & Shady Greenways for Hot Summer Days!

Here are four greenways with lots of trees for cool & shady walks, bike rides or runs:

Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave Park

There are almost seven miles of paved greenway for walking, riding and running in Cliff Cave Park. If you prefer unpaved routes, you also have your choice of the Spring Valley and River Bluff trails.  If you want to avoid the sun, stick to the upper section of the park. Start your adventure at the new parking lot on Cliff Cave Road, or in the lower parking lot by the pavilion and walk up the bluff. You’ll enjoy a mostly shady 2 mile walk or ride as well as sweeping views of the Mississippi River as you explore this newest segment of greenway! Plan your trip here.

Busch Greenway:Katy Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area

The Busch Greenway stretches 4.73 miles from the Katy Trail to the August A. Busch Conservation Area. If you want to avoid the sun, stick to the .75 mile section between the Duckett Creek Trailhead (in Missouri Research Park) and the Katy Trail. For a longer walk or ride, jump on the Katy Trail where you will enjoy plenty of shade beneath the trees lining the river. Plan your visit here.

Meramec Greenway: Glencoe to Sherman Beach Park

There are several trails that meet in this stretch of the Meramec Greenway, making it possible to walk or bike for several miles on paved and unpaved paths surrounding the Meramec River.

The Al Foster Trail and the paved spur known as Rock Hollow are both beautiful places for a cool summer’s walk or ride. The Rock Hollow Trail stretches from atop Ridge Road, 2.2 miles down the bluff where it connects to the Al Foster Trail.  Rock Hollow is paved and mostly shady, with soaring bluffs through a dense forest.

The Al Foster Trail is flat, shady and made of crushed limestone. It is 3.21 miles long stretching from the trailhead near the intersection of Old State Road and Highway 109 by the Wabash, Frisco and Pacific miniature railroad to Sherman Beach. It offers tremendous views of the Meramec River as you pass besides soaring limestone bluffs. Click here to plan your trip

Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee

This 4.73 section of the Missouri Greenway parallels the Missouri River in Bridgeton and Earth City. It offers stunning views of the Missouri River and Historic downtown St. Charles as it stretches between Highway 70 to Highway 370. You’ll have it “made in the shade” if you follow the 3 mile loop through Bridgeton’s Riverwoods Park. It is a great trail for young children to ride their bikes or walk because it is flat and less crowded. It will appeal to anyone looking for a quiet, more rural paved trail for walking or bike riding. Plan your trip here!


The St. Vincent Greenway Needs Your Support!

Great Rivers Greenway is working with the City of Wellston to apply for a Federal Transportation Grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to construct a new portion of the St. Vincent Greenway.

This new construction project will extend the existing greenway segment between Forest Park and Trojan Park in the City of Wellston, creating an additional .6 miles of greenway for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and explore.

Great Rivers Greenway, with the City of Wellston, is currently designing and engineering (with your input!) this greenway extension. Specific improvements for this trail include a pedestrian bridge, ADA curb ramps for the trail, stormwater quality improvements and bioswales, a scenic/educational overlook at Engleholm Creek, a new parking lot near Trojan Park, new Metro bus shelter and benches, improved pedestrian access at the Metro crossing, landscaping and signage.

This new ½ mile section of greenway, you will connect you to:

  • Parks: Trojan Park and Yadier Molina Field
  • Nature: Engelholm Creek
  • Business Development and Jobs Training: STL VentureWorks and Met Center
  • Transportation: Wellston MetroLink Station
  • Education: Early Explorers Child Development Academy

The Federal Transportation Grant, if successful, will allow us to continue the planning and design for the new section of greenway, as well as to robustly engage with the community along the way.  We are hoping for your support as we pursue this grant.

East-West Gateway is currently accepting public comments regarding this project through July 24.

They welcome your comments as they select proposals for funding, so your feedback and support for this project will be very helpful and much appreciated!

Complete the form below to provide your feedback to East-West Gateway about this project!

Comments may also be mailed to:

Local Program Application Comments
East-West Gateway Council of Governments
1 S. Memorial Drive, Suite 1600
St. Louis, MO 63102

Mailed comments must be postmarked by July 24, 2018.