Centennial Greenway Update

I-170 and Olive Blvd. to Warson Park

Great Rivers Greenway is working in partnership with the City of Olivette to plan the next segment of the Centennial Greenway from its existing endpoint at I-170 and Olive to the Olivette Community Center in Warson Park. Over the course of 2019, Great Rivers Greenway and its planning team engaged with Olivette neighbors to learn the community’s priorities for a greenway through the city. (Scroll down to see the alignment the community identified for the expanded greenway!)

Watch the video to learn more about the new greenway and where it will go: 

We want to hear from you!

Planning for this extension of the Centennial Greenway will continue in 2020 and we need your feedback to help guide the design.  As we take the next steps in the process, please share your thoughts via the online survey link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CentennialGreenwayOlivette

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Centennial Greenway in Olivette Updates

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OLIVETTE PREFERRED ALIGNMENT

 

 

Made in the Shade: 3 Cool & Shady Greenways for Hot Summer Days!

Here are three 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

 

 

Deer Creek Greenway Update

We have been working in partnership with the cities of Maplewood, Webster Groves and St. Louis to extend the Deer Creek Greenway from its current endpoint near the Deer Creek Shopping Center through the cities of Maplewood and St. Louis to connect to the River des Peres Greenway at Canterbury Avenue near Francis R. Slay Park.

In late 2018 and early 2019, project partners reached out to the community to evaluate design options for three key intersections along the route of the future greenway: Big Bend and Oxford Blvd, Greenwood Blvd. and Sutton (at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks) and Greenwood Blvd at Canterbury Avenue. Through a series of stakeholder meetings and open house events, the community shared their feedback for each of these intersections.

This input will be considered as the next phase of planning kicks off in July 2020. This will include an assessment of utilities, properties and environmental conditions such as trees and storm water management along the proposed greenway route. We’ll also be working with the City of Webster Groves to develop a small pocket park/pedestrian trailhead at Big Bend and Oxford (formerly McDonalds) that will link both greenways.

We look forward to engaging with the community (at a safe distance of course!) as planning and design continues. Stay tuned for invites and opportunities to learn more about this project and to provide feedback. And as always, we welcome you to share your thoughts and to ask questions. Feel free to call us at phone or email info@grgstl.org.

Kiener Plaza Project

Kiener Plaza Guest Services Building

With the goal of ensuring an excellent visitor experience, we have been working with the community to design and build a new guest services building on Kiener Plaza.  It will be constructed with CityArchRiver funds set aside exclusively for this project area.  The building will include a workspace for on-site security and provide storage and support space for site maintenance and programs.  The Jefferson National Parks Association (JNPA) is working with us to explore feasibility of a small retail outlet and Explore St. Louis is evaluating staff needs to provide visitor information.

The 600 square foot building will be constructed with  pre-cast concrete panels  on the north side of Kiener Plaza. The south facade will be painted a vibrant green- the color selected by the community during the Fall 2019 engagement and survey.

 Project Partners

  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Gateway Arch Park Foundation
  • Louis City Parks Department

 Current Status:

The City of St. Louis, Cultural Resource Office & Preservation Board granted approval for the proposed guest services and support building in Kiener Plaza. GRG, Gateway Arch Park Foundation and City Parks Department will now move into the construction document stage which is expected to be complete by the end of the 2020.  Construction groundbreaking is expected in spring 2021 with project completion in fall 2021

Prairie in Progress at Bluebird Meadow

Whenever possible, we incorporate habitat restoration into our greenway projects.

This work takes different forms depending upon the location and the project. One example is the 34-acre native wildflower meadow along the Dardenne Greenway: BaratHaven in St. Charles County. Formerly a sod farm, it’s now a thriving prairie and natural floodplain for Dardenne Creek that offers valuable resources to pollinators, birds and wildlife.  It’s also a picturesque landscape enjoyed by the people who walk, ride or run along the greenway

St. Vincent Greenway Updates

We are working with many partners to close the gap between the northern and southern segments of the St. Vincent Greenway. When complete, the greenway will stretch between Forest Park at Lindell through the University of Missouri-St. Louis Campus to the North Hanley MetroLink. We’ll complete this greenway in three phases- here’s the latest update on each phase:

 

 

Centennial Greenway St. Charles County Update

We are working in partnership with the cities of St. Charles and St. Peters to plan the next segment of the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County. The goal of this project is to extend the existing greenway (Katy Trail to Heritage Museum plus a .7 mile walking /biking connection over highways 364 and 94) from its current endpoint at Old Highway 94 to Schaefer Park.  This extension will also set the stage for future greenway connections that will make it possible to walk or ride a bike on dedicated walking and biking paths all the way from the St. Peters Rec- Plex to the Katy Trail as well as schools, parks and neighborhoods along the way.

In 2019 and 2020, community members weighed in on proposed routes and amenities for the greenway.  The plans call for the greenway to be built in two segments parallel to the north side of Old Highway 94. The first will be from Christy Drive to the  Oakleigh Park subdivision and the second from Hackman Rd. to Schaeffer Park. These two segments will be connected via a new paved trail that was constructed around the Oakleigh Park subdivision.

Design work will continue in 2020 with construction slated for 2021-2022. We will also be adding wayfinding signs along the planned Centennial Greenway project that is being constructed by the City of St. Peters which extends from Hackmann Road to Spencer Creek Trail adjacent to Harvester Church of the Nazarene.

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Centennial Greenway St. Charles Updates-Christy Drive to Schaefer Park

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St. Charles City-County Library Storybook Walks on Greenways

The St. Charles City-County Library Storybook Walks are a creative and fun way for families to get some fresh air and exercise while encouraging a love for books and reading. Five books are hand-picked by library staff each month and displayed at five different parks across St. Charles County. Two of the Storybook Walk locations are on greenways! Pages are posted at several stations along each trail, so families and friends can enjoy a story as they walk together and enjoy the fresh air and scenery.  Locations outlined below, click the links for more details!

Fox Hill Rd.
St Charles 63301

*Located separate from the main park- near the parking area at the end of Huncker/Quince (Boschert Greenway Hunker Drive Parking), then just down a short paved path.

4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville 63376

*Located off of parking lot “Orange 4” in the north entrance off of Mid Rivers Mall Drive.

5501 Quail Ridge Pkwy.
Wentzville 63385

*Located just behind Quail Ridge Lodge on the paved trail.

100 William Dierberg Dr.
Wentzville 63385

*Located behind the restroom building and continues counterclockwise along the trail.

*Located past the playfields, beginning at the paved trail near shelter 3.

The Storybook Walks are a program of the St. Charles City-County Library. Financial support for the Storybook Walks is provided by the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.

 

Conservation at Home-Native Trees and How to Plant Them

Trees are a cornerstone to healthy native habitats and that’s why Great Rivers Greenway likes to plant native trees wherever we can along the greenways. They not only add beauty, but they also provide a valuable resource for native wildlife. You too can help wildlife by planting native trees in your own yard. In this episode of Conservation at Home, we check in with Cory Knoblach, Community Forester for Forest ReLeaf of Missouri to learn more about the value that trees provide to our native ecology and how to choose and plant native trees of your own.

 

#GatewayArchStepChallenge

Our friends over at the Gateway Arch Park Foundation have unveiled the #GatewayArchStepChallenge. There are 1,076 steps inside of each leg of our beloved Gateway Arch. We challenge you to ‘climb’ up and down the Arch as fast as you can to complete a total of 2,152 steps, which is just over one mile. Here are ten spots throughout the network of greenways that would let you climb up and down the Arch on a greenway!

Get out there before May 31st (even just around your neighborhood) and post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GatewayArchStepChallenge to be part of the action – you’ll be entered to win a t-shirt and medal!

 

 

St. Vincent Greenway: Trojan Park to the north end of Ruth Porter and Etzel (and back)

Busch Greenway: Ducket Creek Trailhead to KATY Trail (and back)

Centennial Greenway: Muegge Rd Trailhead to middle of bridges (and back)

Maline Greenway: West park trailhead to intersection just past apartments (and back)

Deer Creek Greenway: Pumptrack to Lorraine Davis pavilion, down to Ravine Ave (and back)

Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave upper parking lot to overlook (and back)

Gravois Greenway: Leffingwell & Holmes Trailhead to Sappington House (and back)

Sunset Greenway: Sunset Park Trailhead to Northern Limits Drive (and back)

Brickline/Chouteau Greenway: Back and forth 4 times

Meramec Greenway: Glencoe Railroad to the south (and back)