Kiener Plaza Project

Share your ideas to make Kiener Plaza even better. Please take a quick survey today! Survey closes Nov. 22

Using remaining CityArchRiver project funds, designated to be spent only within that project area, a small building is going to be added to the north side of Kiener Plaza. Before we build it, we need your input to design this new feature!

Take the survey here

This was considered in the original plans and is being built now that all other elements of the CityArchRiver project are built or underway. The building, located on the north end of the park along Chestnut Avenue, aims to serve 3 primary purposes:

1. Security: Much like City Garden and other parks, in order to help people feel safe, monitor conditions of this civic gathering space and answer questions from visitors, a security guard works up to 20 hours per day during the peak season. This building provides a work station for them to be present and visible, but also able to take breaks and fill out reports.

2. Storage: The building can store items such as the café tables and chairs that encourage visitors to relax and enjoy the space, equipment for programs and events to activate the plaza, and tools to take care of the plants and infrastructure in the park.

3. Enhance your experience– please tell us how in the survey here.

Tell your friends, family, co-workers to take the survey through Nov. 22. To request a paper form or with any questions, call Chris at 314-655-1299.

We look forward to designing this feature with community input in 2020 to enhance the visitor experience and ensure long-term success of this vibrant downtown space, open to residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

Habitat Restoration along Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail

Great Rivers Greenway works with partners and volunteers to restore and enhance habitats along its network of greenways. As part of these efforts, Great Rivers Greenway acquired ten acres of land between the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail and Gravois Creek near the Mysun Charitable Trust Trailhead. These parcels, which were once used by a landscaping company and a driving range, have become overgrown by invasive plants and problem trees. Over the course of multiple years, Great Rivers Greenway will restore this land to serve as a native habitat, providing benefits to pollinators, wildlife and the entire community.

Five Great Greenways for Fall Color

Greenways provide a front row seat to fall’s annual show of color. Those that meander through forests, along rivers or bottom lands are typically your best bet—but you can’t go wrong with any greenway this time of year! Take your pick of the following (or plan to visit them all this fall!)

Busch Greenway: Katy Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area
The prime viewing spot along this greenway is the .75 mile route through the forest bottom between Missouri Research Park and the Katy Trail. For a longer walk or ride, explore the portion of the greenway that meanders through the Weldon Spring Conservation Area.

Meramec Greenway: Glencoe to Sherman Beach Park
The Rock Hollow spur will wow you with a showy display of color as it drops down from Ridge Road to meet the Al Foster Trail. Once you reach the river, you’ll enjoy splashes of sunlight reflecting off the Meramec and colorful leaves along the bluffs. You might even spot a few Paw Paws along the way!

Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave Park
Your first stop should be the new overlook atop the 170 foot bluff where you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the Mighty Mississippi River. For an up-close look at leaves in all their fall glory, be sure to explore the paved greenway and natural paths in the upper section of the park.

Centennial Greenway: Forest Park to Washington University to Vernon
Make a day of it on this greenway! Start with shopping and lunch in the Delmar Loop followed by a walk beneath the colorful canopy of trees on the Washington University campus. Top it off with one or more of the attractions in St. Louis’ colorful crown jewel- Forest Park!

Fee Fee Greenway to Centennial Greenway at St. Charles County Heritage Museum via Creve Coeur Park
Bring your bike for an amazing fall ride that will take you all the way from the Maryland Heights Community Center to the St. Charles County Heritage Museum! Take a spin around Creve Coeur Lake and enjoy the changing leaves as you traverse two greenways—and two counties—via the Creve Coeur Connector Trail!

2019 River des Peres Trash Bash Recap

Thank you partners and volunteers for another successful River des Peres Trash Bash!

On Saturday October 19, 2019,  424 volunteers came together under sunny skies to clean up the creeks, streams and neighborhoods within the River des Peres Watershed.   Here are some quick highlights and numbers:

Trash Removed

  •  7 tons of trash and 150 tires removed in 3 hours!
  • Of the total, 1 ton of metal and all 150 tires will be recycled

Event Details

  • 15 cleanup sites along the river des Peres Watershed
  • 4 Check in locations- Willmore Park-St. Louis, Heman Park Community Center-University City, Hanley Hills City Hall, and Lorraine Davis Park-Webster Groves

Prizes awarded for: 

  • Strangest Trash Found – 20 year old (approx.) Nintendo Game
  • Most Valuable Trash Found – Power tool bag

Thanks to partners, volunteers enjoyed:

  • free t-shirt
  • breakfast & lunch
  • post event celebration at Willmore Park with DJ, educational booths and entertaining Renegade St. Louis history lesson about the River des Peres

In addition to the major partners, we are grateful for the following events partners who provided, resources, staff and/or hosted cleanup sites:

  • Ladue- three dump trucks and staff
  • Clayton -skid steer, truck and staff, also managed waste processing area
  • Des Peres- one dump truck and staff
  • Shrewsbury- one dump truck and staff
  • Frontenac -one dump truck and staff
  • Brentwood -one dump truck and staff
  • Creve Coeur- one dump truck and staff
  • University City site host, one dump truck and staff
  • Glendale staff-assisted Clayton staff at the waste processing area
  • Crestwood covered part of Domino’s pizza lunch cost for volunteers
  • Webster Groves site host
  • Hanley Hills site host
  • Dobbs, recycled 150 tires

Sound like fun? Join us for the  Confluence Trash Bash on March 21, 2020. Complete the form below to be notified when registration opens! 

Confluence Trash Bash 2020 registration notification

 

 

Share your Feedback For Walking and Biking Connection to New Interstate 44 Bridge Over Meramec River

The municipalities of Fenton, Kirkwood and Sunset Hills  along with project partners Great Rivers Greenway and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) hosted two community Open Houses (August 20 and October 15) to share details about the I-44/Meramec River crossing and gather input during this early planning phase (will bid for construction at the end of 2020).

If you were unable to attend the most recent Open House on October 15, you can still share your feedback via the online survey below. This survey will remain open until October 25, 2019.

Click here for the I-44/Meramec River Crossing Feedback Form #2

Information from the August 20 and October 15 Open Houses has been posted on the MoDot Project Website. This includes Open House boards with comments, summary of public input, online survey results, revised plans, and more. Visit the MoDot Project Website here

***Note that you have to scroll down the page to find “Information from GRG/Municipality Public Outreach Meetings”***

This connection for people walking and biking on the new Interstate 44 bridge over the Meramec River has several goals:

  • Provide people with a safe and accessible way to cross the Meramec River while walking, running or riding a bike.
  • Connect to the Meramec Greenway, parks, trails, businesses, neighborhoods and other destinations on either side, including possible new trailheads with amenities like a restroom, benches and parking.
  • Allow people to connect to the Meramec River itself; inviting people to enjoy nature leads to ownership and opportunities to be good stewards of these natural resources for the health and long-term sustainability of our watershed and communities.

Find out more about the project at Missouri Department of Transportation’s project website here.

Volunteers Needed for 17th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash Saturday October 19

Great Rivers Greenway District, in partnership with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Missouri Department of Conservation, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and the City of St. Louis invites you to clean up the creeks and streams within the River des Peres Watershed.

This is a family friendly event that improves neighborhoods by removing trash and improving water quality in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.
Volunteers of all ages are needed to clear litter from several sites, including Gravois Creek, Deer Creek, River des Peres and the Mississippi River.

“This year’s floods revealed how trash or plastic bottles dropped on streets and sidewalks winds up in our waterways,” says Tom Schweiss, Great Rivers Greenway Conservation Manger. “At the peak of the flooding, many people were dismayed by all of the trash floating in the River des Peres and wanted to know what could be done to clean it up. The Trash Bash is a great opportunity to get involved and do just that. We need all hands on deck to remove the trash, restore habitat, and improve water quality for everyone who lives in the watershed.”

Registration will take place from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. at four locations – Willmore Park, located on the east side of the River des Peres and just north of the intersection of Hampton and Gravois Avenues in St. Louis City; the Heman Park Community Center, located at 975 Pennsylvania in University City; Hanley Hills City Hall located at 7713 Utica Drive; and Lorraine Davis Park, located at 145 E. Waymire in Webster Groves Free breakfast will be provided at each location, and all volunteers will get a free t-shirt.

The cleanup will last from 9:00 a.m. to noon with a celebration and appreciation pizza lunch at Willmore Park from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers will also be rewarded with musical entertainment and prizes for the “best” trash finds in three categories—most valuable, oldest, and weirdest.

Volunteers at the 2018 Trash Bash removed 6.7 tons of debris from streams and creeks within the River des Peres Watershed in only three hours. The final tally included 138 tires, 1.4 tons of scrap metal, .45 tons of recycling material and 4.8 tons of trash. Long-time volunteers, youth and community groups, as well as new faces from across the region, are encouraged at this year’s Trash Bash to work together to improve the River des Peres Watershed.

For more information or to register in advance, STLTrashBash.org.

Greenway Project Update: September 2019

Here’s a quick update on what’s under construction, what’s coming soon, and what we are planning in partnership with people & partners across the region!

Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail

This year’s rain and historic flooding presented a number of challenges for the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail connection to River des Peres Greenway. The good news is we are still on track for a late spring 2020 opening! Work on the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over the River des Peres was temporarily halted due to flooding and work is underway again on the approaches to the bridge. Crews are waiting for the Mississippi River backwater levels to drop another 5-6 feet so we can get all the equipment in place to build the bridge foundations. Unfortunately, heavy rains upstream continue to keep water levels high.

High ground water and soggy conditions impacted construction on the rest of the greenway so we’ve added additional crews to make up for lost time. Contractors are focusing their efforts on several projects across the new route. If you drive along Interstate 55 between Germania and Bayless, you’ve likely seen the construction for the new greenway along the east side of the highway. Crews in this area are building retaining walls to make sure the slope of the new greenway is accessible for people of all abilities. Altogether, the new walls will require about 35,200 blocks of stone. (Save that for a trivia night!) Another crew is working on the foundations for the new 660 foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will span Bayless Avenue.

A third area of focus is between Hoffmeister and Avenue I. Crews have removed debris and invasive plants on the soon-to-be restored emergent wetland. They are preparing the site for the new boardwalk and native plants that will enhance the native ecology and make the wetland a welcoming place for birds, bee’s and butterflies. Let’s hope the Farmer’s Almanac forecast for a “Polar Coaster” winter does not cause any further delay.

Bicycle and pedestrian path on MO 370 Discovery Bridge

Construction of the new protected bicycle and pedestrian path on the MO 370 Discovery Bridge is underway! When complete, there will be a concrete barrier separating people walking and biking from cars driving on 370. This will make it easier and safer for people to walk or ride across the river to connect to the Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee and Bridgeton’s Riverwoods Park in St. Louis County and the Katy Trail and Boschert Greenway in St Charles County. Crews have removed the existing trail on the north side of the bridge and are working on the retaining walls for the new paved connection to the bridge. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2019. The City of St. Charles is the lead partner on the project along with East West Gateway, Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of Bridgeton and Great Rivers Greenway.

Katherine Ward Burg Garden

This half-acre plaza adjacent to the Eads Bridge—made possible by a generous estate donation from the Katherine W. Burg Trust—has been designed to be a welcoming open space to attract visitors north from the Arch grounds to Laclede’s Landing. The project was slated to break ground earlier this year, but was delayed due to some important upgrades to the electrical infrastructure in downtown St. Louis. We expect to get the green light to proceed later this fall and construction should take about nine months.

Maline Greenway

We are collaborating with the City of Ferguson on the plans for the next segment of the Maline Greenway that will link the Ted Jones Trail to Forestwood Park and then on to West Florissant Avenue. This will make it possible for people to walk, ride a bike, use a wheelchair or push a stroller to connect to neighborhoods, businesses, schools and parks via a paved, accessible greenway rather than navigating a narrow shoulder along a busy roadway. By connecting to the Ted Jones Trail, it also opens up a connection to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus! Project partners are currently studying existing conditions and various intersection crossing options in order to develop final design plans for construction starting in 2022.

St. Vincent Greenway

We are finalizing plans to extend the St. Vincent Greenway an additional 0.75 mile from Trojan Park to the site of the former Eskridge High School in Wellston. The route will extend north from Trojan Park along Stephen Jones Avenue and west to the intersection of Plymouth and Sutter Avenues. The expanded greenway will include a small “pocket park” at Plymouth and Stephen Jones that will overlook new native plantings along the banks of Engeholm Creek. These native plants swill not only attract pollinators, but also help slow down and filter storm water before it enters the creek—not to mention be a lovely place to relax and enjoy some fresh air! Plans are nearing final design and our team is coordinating with utilities and securing necessary permits. We hope to break ground in summer of 2020 and expect the work to last about nine months.

Area Residents Invited to October 15 Open House to Review Updated Plans for Walking and Biking Connection to New Interstate 44 Bridge Over Meramec River

Project Partners to share revised plans & priorities based on community feedback gathered to date

Project partners Sunset Hills, Kirkwood, Fenton, Great Rivers Greenway and Missouri Department of Transportation invite you to view revised plans for the walking and biking connection to the new Interstate 44 Bridge over the Meramec River and provide further input. The Open House will be held Tuesday October 15 at RiverChase of Fenton Recreation Center from 6-8pm. You can stop by anytime during that timeframe to view the latest plans, ask questions and share feedback. This information will also be posted online.

The revised plans incorporate feedback gathered from community members and stakeholders at the August 20 Open House at the Sunset Hills Community Center and via an online survey. Project partners are reviewing the feedback to prioritize the grant funding and determine which connections and trailhead amenities to include with the new biking and walking bridge.

Open House Details:

DATE: Tuesday, October 15th

TIME: 6-8pm (stop by anytime during this timeframe)

LOCATION: RiverChase of Fenton Recreation Center (990 Horan Drive, Fenton MO 63026)

Find out more about the overall bridge project for the Interstate-44 crossing at https://www.modot.org/i-44-meramec-river-bridge-replacement

Information from the August 20 Open House has been posted on the MoDot Project Website. You can see:
• Summary of public input from the meeting and survey
• Open House comments
• Open House boards with comments
• Open house board responses
• Online survey results

***Note that you have to scroll down the page to find “Information from GRG/Municipality Public Outreach Meetings”

Life Outside Festival Set for September 21 on St. Vincent Greenway- St. Vincent County Park

See, try and learn ways to spend more time outside in the St. Louis region

Join us for the 4th Annual Life Outside Free Festival of the Outdoors. Postponed in June due to flooding, the event will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10am to 4pm on the St. Vincent Greenway in St. Vincent County Park in north St. Louis County.

Unique from other regional festivals, Life Outside introduces event-goers to the region’s greenways and engages them with outdoor experiences. Partner organizations from across the region will be at the event, offering attendees the opportunity to see, try and learn about a variety of outdoor activities in a free, fun and supportive environment.

“Life Outside is a chance for people of all ages, abilities and interests to get to know our region’s greenways and the many ways they can enjoy the outdoors. People can explore the St. Vincent Greenway and try activities such as mountain biking, birdwatching and hiking to decide first hand if this is something they want to make part of their lives,” said Elizabeth Simons, community program manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “We encourage people to make a whole day of it! Bring friends and family to try some new outdoor activities; pack a picnic, listen to some live music, relax outside, and check out everything the St. Vincent Greenway and St. Vincent County Park has to offer.”

Launched in 2016, the Life Outside provides attendees with a variety of free activities, including classes, product demos, hands-on experiences and competitions.

”I loved being able to try out new things that I’ve always wanted to try, but never knew how to get started or who to talk to,” said a 2018 festival attendee. “I also liked learning about organizations and activities that I didn’t even know existed.”

A selection of food trucks will be at the festival with food and beverages available for purchase. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own picnic to enjoy 18 different musical acts performing at three stages throughout the festival grounds.

There will be no parking in St. Vincent County Park the day of the festival except for people who have current disabled license plates or a placard. Attendees are invited to park at Incarnate Word Academy (2788 Normandy Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63121 ) or choose from a wide variety of options to get to Life Outside:

“Park & Ride” free Life Outside Shuttles
Park and ride free round-trip shuttles all day beginning at 9:15am from the North Hanley Station/Transit Center (4300 Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63134), St. Louis Community College –Meramec- LOT K (11333 Big Bend Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122) and the Ballas Transit Center (790 S. New Ballas, Town & Country, St. Louis, MO 63141) near the intersection of Ballas Rd. and I-64.

Metro Transit to free Life Outside Shuttle locations
Attendees can also use Metro Transit to access all three “Life Outside Park and Ride” locations to catch the Life Outside shuttles.

Combine Metro Transit and a walk or ride on the St. Vincent Greenway
For those looking for a “total greenway experience,” combine Metro Transit and a walk or ride on the Vincent Greenway to get to the Life Outside Festival!

UMSL South MetroLink
Exit the UMSL South Station and walk, ride a bike or use a wheelchair to travel .9 miles south to the festival grounds via the St. Vincent Greenway.

North Hanley Transit Center/MetroLink
Park at the North Hanley Transit Center or take Metro Transit. Connect to the St. Vincent Greenway across University Place Drive at Marlin Drive. Walk, ride or roll south along the Vincent Greenway for approximately 2.25 miles to the festival grounds in St. Vincent County Park.

“Because there is no parking at the festival site, we are offering several hassle-free options for getting to Life Outside,” says Simons. “While the free Park and Ride Shuttles and Metro Transit are the most direct way get there, we encourage people to use the St. Vincent Greenway for part of their trip. They can see first-hand how the greenways are not just spaces for outdoor recreation—they can also connect you to the places you want to go!”

Festival attendees can skip the day-of registration line by pre-registering online at LiveLifeOutside.org and picking up their festival packet including Life Outside wristband at the Great Rivers Greenway Visitor Center (6178 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112) Monday September 16 through Friday September 20.

More information about the Life Outside Festival can be found at www.LiveLifeOutside.org.