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.

 

The Maline Greenway Needs Your Support!

Great Rivers Greenway is working with the City of Ferguson to apply for a Federal Transportation Grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments to construct a new portion of the Maline Greenway from the Ted Jones Trail to West Florissant Avenue.

The goal is to connect into the planned improvements for West Florissant Avenue that the City of Ferguson and St. Louis County are working on.

The first section of the Maline Greenway is currently under construction in Bella Fontaine County Park where three bridges are being replaced, enhancing the trails in the park.  Also, a new underpass is being built so that greenway users can safely cross beneath Highway 367, promoting a greater greenway experience.  Construction is going well and the project is on track to be completed by next spring.

The proposed 1.5 mile section of Maline Greenway would connect the Ted Jones Trail which begins at the University of Missouri St. Louis’ campus and ends near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Short Avenue.  From there, the greenway would travel along Paul Avenue and Ferguson Avenue to Forestwood Park, then continue on through the Park, re-constructing a segment of the existing loop trail within the park and finally continuing on to West Florissant Avenue.

This new section would connect residential and commercial areas as well as bus transit service along West Florissant Avenue, a principal arterial roadway to Forestwood Park, an important recreational destination.  The new trail also provides improved pedestrian and bicycle access between the businesses along Florissant Road and West Florissant Avenue, both important town centers and shopping and dining destinations.

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.

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. Four books are hand-picked by library staff each month and displayed at four 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.

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.

84-Year-Old Volunteer Helps Maintain River Views in Cliff Cave Park

If you walk or ride along the Mississippi Greenway in Cliff Cave Park, you’ve probably seen 84-year-old St. Louis County Park volunteer Joe Messler. He spends an average of twenty hours a week working along the paved trails in the lower section of the park, clearing out honeysuckle and other invasive plants to make sure park visitors always have a clear view of the river. In the five years he has been volunteering, Joe has not only made great progress enhancing the landscape, he’s also lost 135 pounds! Thanks for all your hard work Joe, we appreciate it!

Joe’s story is a great example of how volunteering is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for you! If you are ready to lend your hand, check out some volunteer opportunities here.

What’s next for the Chouteau Greenway?

In May 2018, the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition jury selected the STOSS Landscape Urbanism team, comprised of six local and six national entities. (We’re working on some videos to highlight this talented team!) While their original concept was helpful to showcase their approach and thinking, the jury selected the team, not the plan. This concept will change as the planning process moves forward. Great Rivers Greenway and partners, along with the Stoss team, are working on the Chouteau Greenway in two ways right now:

1) The competition refinement period is a time for the chosen design team to digest all of the great feedback given by partners, technical advisors, community members and the jury, working with partners to evolve their original concept.

2) The partners are also building a framework for how to move the project into implementation. This planning process will include community and stakeholder engagement and diversity, equity and inclusion considerations in categories such as:

  • Alignment and route studies
  • Sustainability and ecology plans
  • Design criteria and signature projects
  • Constructability reviews including permitting, utilities
  • Economic opportunity analysis and planning including development, workforce, affordable housing
  • Activation, programming and event strategies
  • Funding and governance options
  • Operations and maintenance models

As we have said throughout this process, we recognize the many challenges facing the St. Louis region. We must address those issues through this project and our process. We do not have all the answers about how that will happen and we look forward to additional partnerships and expertise to guide this work. It’s imperative that the region listens to a wide variety of voices and collaborates so Chouteau Greenway will have a positive, lasting impact and create common ground that communities embrace.

Thank you for your guidance thus far and we look forward to engaging in further conversations as the project evolves! Click here for all the details on the design competition, master plan and more.

 

Greenway Construction Update: June 2018

Since April, we’ve wrapped up work on four new greenway expansions—the Centennial Greenway Bridges over Highways 364 and 94, Mississippi Greenway in Cliff Cave Park, Fee Fee Greenway connection to Creve Coeur Park and the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail. And there’s still more to come in 2018! We have two other greenways currently under construction and we’re finalizing plans to break ground on two more projects later this year. Here’s a quick update:

Deer Creek Greenway: Lorraine Davis Park to Deer Creek Park

Construction to extend the Deer Creek Greenway from Webster Groves’ Deer Creek Park and connect with Lorraine Davis Park is in full swing! This 1.5 mile project includes improvements to Lorraine Davis and Barnickle Parks. A new greenway bridge was set over Shady Creek at Brentwood Boulevard in May, and all three boardwalks in Lorraine Davis Park are complete. Work continues on a new overlook, pavilion and drinking fountain. Work is also underway on a new trailhead and parking lot on Marshall Avenue. Stay tuned for details for a fall ribbon cutting!

 

Maline Greenway: Bridges in Bella Fontaine Park

Construction continues in Bella Fontaine Park in north St. Louis County where we are working in partnership with St. Louis County and Missouri Department of Transportation to complete the first segment of the Maline Greenway. This phase of the project will make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to both sides 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. Contractors have completed the eastern connection to Bellefontaine Road and are working on the abutments that support three new bridges in the park. Crews are also working to rebuild the existing trails to make them ADA accessible. The project is expected to be complete in March 2019.

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

The intersection where the Centennial Greenway crosses Delmar Blvd. at McKnight Rd. (east of I-170) has been confusing for many greenway users to navigate. Based on this ongoing feedback, we contracted with Alta Planning + Design to help address these safety concerns. After gathering additional input from the community in 2017, we developed short and long- term solutions to improve this intersection for everyone. The changes include new landscaping, navigation signage, and special white and green pavement markings that will keep walkers and bikers separate through both crossings. The final plans for these changes have been approved and construction is expected to begin in fall 2018. We appreciate University City, St. Louis County and Missouri Department of Transportation’s partnership on this project that will enhance the experience for everyone who uses this greenway!

Mississippi Greenway: Katherine Ward Burg Garden

Great Rivers Greenway has worked in collaboration with the City of St. Louis, Metro, MoDOT, Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association and other stakeholders on various studies to enhance the riverfront north of the Eads Bridge and Gateway Arch. The overall goal is to promote economic revitalization by transforming vacant property along the Mississippi River into public parks and recreation amenities. The Katherine Ward Burg Garden is a first step in this long-term plan. 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, meeting friends or for special events and programs.

Design details continue to be refined for this new public space, but plans include an iconic trellis, stepped terraces and curving seatwalls. The project is made possible by a generous estate donation via Katherine W. Burg’s trust and is expected to begin construction in fall 2018.

Phase I Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail Connection to River des Peres Greenway & Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead Opens

Walk, run, ride, or roll on down and see it for yourself!

Great Rivers Greenway and our partners at St. Louis County Parks gathered with area residents, local officials, donors, and contractors on Sunday June 24 to celebrate the expansion of the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail and new Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead.

The Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead replaces the southern trailhead, which has been closed since fall 2017. It features a drinking fountain, restrooms, greenway parking, seating walls, a play structure, a bike fix-it station, and landscaping to help manage storm water, filter pollutants and provide wildlife habitat and food sources. The project also extends the existing 10-mile Gravois Greenway an additional 2,000 feet closer to its planned connection with the River des Peres Greenway.

The day’s festivities included light refreshments, yard games and a planetary walk along the new stretch of greenway, hosted by the Saint Louis Science Center. There was also an open house from 3-5 p.m. at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center, for area residents to learn about the next phase to extend the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail two miles north and connect it with the River des Peres Greenway.

Click here to view the materials from the June 24, 2018 Open House:

“We are happy to open this trailhead and first stretch of greenway – we know people are ready to enjoy it,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Thanks to the generosity of Mysun Charitable Foundation, which provided a $1 million challenge grant, and our wonderful matching donors, we were able to build an enhanced trailhead so people can refill their water bottle, use the restroom, perform a quick fix on their bike or just sit and enjoy the fresh air on this popular greenway. All of these new amenities will make for a better experience for all.”

Construction on the next phase of the greenway extension is expected to begin in the fall of 2018 and open in spring 2020. When the Gravois Greenway-River des Peres Greenway connection is complete, there will be 21 miles of paved paths for walking, jogging, riding a bicycle, pushing a stroller and using a wheelchair. The greenways will also connect destinations such as the City of Kirkwood, Grant’s Farm, Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park, Jefferson Barracks County Park, River City Casino, Carondelet Park and the Lansdowne/Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Mysun Charitable Foundation for their $1 million challenge grant that helped bring this project to life! We are also grateful for all of the matching donors who stepped up to meet the challenge. The Matching Donors for this project are:

William T. Kemper Foundation  Katherine W. Burg Trust
Finerty Family Foundation Ward and Carol Klein
William S. Anheuser Charitable Fund of YouthBridge Community Foundation Shaughnessy Family Foundation
Lotsie and Rick Holton Midwest BankCenter
Wm. R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation William A. Kerr Foundation
Stupp Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation

Gravois Greenway Community Cleanup Volunteers
Shout out to the 25 volunteers who joined us for a community cleanup on Saturday June 23. The hardworking crew of volunteers pulled 8 cubic yards of trash/  flood debris and 15 tires from the area along Gravois Creek near the new trailhead. We are grateful for your help improving water quality and habitat along the greenway!

Come Celebrate the Opening of the Expanded Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail & Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead

Join us and our partners at St. Louis County Parks to celebrate the latest expansion of the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail and opening of the new Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead at a ribbon-cutting and open house on Sunday, June 24, from 2-5 p.m. The ribbon cutting will take place at the new trailhead, located at 4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO 63125 from 2-4 p.m. The festivities will include light refreshments, games and a planetary walk along the new stretch of greenway, hosted by the Saint Louis Science Center. As part of the event, there will also be an open house from 3-5 p.m. at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center, located next to the trailhead, to learn about the next phase to extend the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail two miles north and connect it with the River des Peres Greenway.

The new Mysun Charitable Foundation Trailhead replaces the southern trailhead, which has been closed since last fall. The new trailhead features a drinking fountain, restrooms, greenway parking, seating walls, a play structure, a bike fix-it station, and landscaping to help manage storm water, filter pollutants and provide wildlife habitat and food sources. The project also extends the existing 10-mile Gravois Greenway an additional 2,000 feet closer to its planned connection with the River des Peres Greenway.

“We can’t wait to open this trailhead and first stretch of greenway – we know people are ready to enjoy it,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Thanks to the generosity of Mysun Charitable Foundation, which provided a $1 million challenge grant, and our wonderful matching donors, we were able to build an enhanced trailhead so people can refill their water bottle, use the restroom, perform a quick fix on their bike or just sit and enjoy the fresh air on this popular greenway. Whether they are walking, riding a bike, pushing a stroller or using a wheelchair, all of these new amenities will make for a better experience for all.”

Speaker remarks and the ribbon-cutting will take place at approximately 2:15 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m., all are invited to an open house at Orlando’s Event & Conference Center. Area residents can stop by anytime between 3 and 5 p.m. to learn about the second phase of the project, which will begin construction later this year. Duplicate presentations will be given at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., and staff will be on hand to answer questions and share details about the project timeline.

“Expanding the Gravois Greenway to connect with the River des Peres Greenway is a high priority project for greenway users across the region,” says Trautman. “We encourage everyone to stop by the open house to get the latest updates as we work towards the second phase of this powerful connection.”

When the Gravois Greenway-River des Peres Greenway connection is complete, there will be 21 miles of paved paths for walking, jogging, riding a bicycle, pushing a stroller and using a wheelchair. The greenways will also connect destinations such as the City of Kirkwood, Grant’s Farm, Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park, Jefferson Barracks County Park, River City Casino, Carondelet Park and the Lansdowne/Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

The Matching Donors for this project were:

William T. Kemper Foundation  Katherine W. Burg Trust
Finerty Family Foundation Ward and Carol Klein
William S. Anheuser Charitable Fund of YouthBridge Community Foundation Shaughnessy Family Foundation
Lotsie and Rick Holton Midwest BankCenter
Wm. R. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation William A. Kerr Foundation
Stupp Bridge & Iron Co. Foundation

We hope to see you on June 24!

Open House to Showcase All Laclede’s Landing Has to Offer as $20 Million in Redevelopment Projects Take Shape

Event will spotlight new and existing attractions on The Landing as the St. Louis Riverfront prepares for the biggest crowds in years

Laclede’s Landing, downtown St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination, is teaming up with Great Rivers Greenway to host an Open House featuring information from a variety of businesses and attractions that are investing nearly $20 million in transforming The Landing into a must-visit destination. The event will be held from 4 – 7 p.m., Wed., June 13, at VUE, one of the newest venues on Laclede’s Landing, located at 612 North 2nd Street. The amazing 5th floor special event space features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the newly renovated Gateway Arch grounds and the Mississippi River, providing those attending the Open House with a spectacular setting in which to learn about all the excitement brewing on The Landing. Free snacks courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway and drinks courtesy of the Landing.

With Laclede’s Landing soon welcoming its first-ever multifamily residential development, office spaces being dramatically transformed to suit today’s businesses, and more than half-a-dozen new restaurants, special event venues and attractions putting down roots on The Landing, the historic community is garnering attention as an up-and-coming live, work, play destination. Perched in the shadow of the Gateway Arch adjacent to the Mississippi River, it’s also the perfect base from which to experience the newly renovated Arch grounds, enjoy the return of Fair St. Louis to its original home under the Arch or take advantage of any of the great excursions and amenities along the riverfront, from the Gateway Arch Riverboats and helicopter tours to bike rentals or a stroll along the Mississippi Greenway.

“When we decided to co-host this Open House, we reached out to organizations that have projects planned or underway on The Landing and the many existing venues and attractions already open that are eager to welcome new neighbors and visitors,” said John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “We’re thrilled that many of them are planning to participate so the public can have one easy spot to catch up on all the great things happening here on The Landing.”

Open House attendees will be able to visit with representatives from several organizations developing new residential, retail and office spaces on the Landing such as Advantes Group and Drury Development as well as new restaurants Kimchi Guys, Miss Java, and Mas Tequila Cantina. There will also be displays showcasing new event spaces along with representatives from some of the the establishments that have long called The Landing home, including Morgan Street Brewery, Last Call on the Landing, The Old Spaghetti Factory and others. Click here for the full list of participants.

Attendees can learn all about Great Rivers Greenway’s plans to develop The Katherine Ward Burg Garden, the first step in the organization’s long-term plan to redevelop the St. Louis Riverfront north of the Eads Bridge and Gateway Arch. Located along the Mississippi Greenway, this half-acre site featuring stepped terraces, curving seatwalls and an iconic trellis, will provide a place to enjoy views of the Mississippi River, passing trains and the Eads Bridge as part of a uniquely St. Louis experience. Situated adjacent to the Eads Bridge, this will be a wonderful, welcoming spot once people exit the MetroLink at the Laclede’s Landing stop.

This plaza design seeks to create a flexible and welcoming open space which attracts visitors north from the Arch grounds to explore Laclede’s Landing or welcomes people to the Arch grounds from the Landing. This new meeting place incorporates an iconic trellis, stepped terraces and curving seatwalls offering a comfortable spot for respite, a meeting place to start an adventure and a site that can be adapted for special events and programs. The gently sloped landscape allows for accessible ramp access from First Street down to Commercial Street, a way for all people to move down toward the river, eventually connecting to the future improvements along Commercial Street to other parks and developments to the north.

The Katherine Ward Burg Garden will go into construction in Fall 2018, made possible by a generous estate donation via Katherine W. Burg’s trust.

“Katherine (‘Kitten’) Burg always loved St. Louis, the Mississippi River, and the chance to connect with nature. Her legacy lives on in the form of this vibrant new space for visitors to enjoy forever,” said Kimball McMullin, trustee of the Katherine W. Burg Trust.

For those planning to head down to the riverfront this summer, the Open House will provide a great opportunity to experience the enhanced connectivity between The Landing and the Arch grounds, and to explore all the great options Laclede’s Landing offers to extend their visit to the Arch into a day full of fun and food.

“With the new Gateway Arch Museum opening, and Fair Saint Louis coming back to the Arch grounds, there’s no question that the St. Louis Riverfront will be a hot spot this summer and for years to come, and we’re excited to be continuing our investments there with our latest project on The Landing,” noted Susan Trautman, chief executive officer, Great Rivers Greenway, which recently rebuilt and raised Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and extended the Mississippi Greenway from the Biddle Street Trailhead south to Chouteau Avenue. “We encourage area residents to join us at the Open House and hope they will plan to take time to enjoy the evolving riverfront while they are here.”

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate the Expanded Fee Fee Greenway Thursday June 14 from 5 to 7 pm

POSTPONED DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS: STAY TUNED FOR  NEW DATE!

Community invited to tour the paved path that connects Maryland Heights Community Center to McKelvey Woods and Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park

Join us and our partners at the City of Maryland Heights and St. Louis County Parks to celebrate the newest segment of the Fee Greenway at a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 14 from 5-7 pm at the new trailhead in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. The new trailhead is located near the disc golf course across from Sailboat Cove at 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 Thursday, June 14, from 5-7pm., project partners, contractors, area residents and elected officials will officially open the new greenway with a ribbon cutting at the new trailhead. The celebration will include light refreshments, yard games, music and a guided walking tour of the greenway. Guest speakers will begin addressing the crowd at approximately 5:15pm followed by a ribbon cutting at 5:45pm. A one hour walking tour of the new greenway will begin following the cutting of the ribbon.

“The expanded Fee Fee Greenway is an incredible asset, not only for the people who live and work in Maryland Heights, but also for our entire region,” says Tracey Anderson, City of Maryland Heights Director of Parks and Recreation. “We encourage the community to join us on June 14 to celebrate this new connection and discover all the things they can see and do along the way.”

The new segment includes a 78 foot long pedestrian bridge over Fee Fee Creek and a nearly thousand 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,” says 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.”