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.

St. Charles County Community Members Invited to Help Prioritize Greenway Investment in St. Charles County

Great Rivers Greenway leading year-long planning process to develop coordinated Greenway Plan for next phase of greenway development in St. Charles County

Great Rivers Greenway, St. Charles County and the municipalities within St. Charles County are working together to develop a coordinated greenway plan for the county. This project is part of Great Rivers Greenway overall efforts to connect St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County with a network of greenways where people can walk, run and ride a bike. With partners, 125 miles of greenways have been established thus far. This project will guide the next phase of the public agency’s sales tax investment in St. Charles County greenways.

The planning process will consider existing and planned trail projects as well as the feedback of people who live, work, learn or play in St. Charles County. When complete, the St. Charles County Greenway Plan will include an updated greenway map with prioritized projects and partnership models for building greenways in the future.

The year-long planning process will be divided into five phases; data collection, analysis, concepts, refinement and final recommendations. Phase one—data collection—will begin in August 2019. Community members will be asked to rank the kinds of greenway experiences they would like to have and identify the natural (e.g. rivers, parks) and constructed places (e.g community centers, libraries, schools) in St. Charles County where they would like to go on a greenway.

This feedback will be gathered at public spaces, community and special events, food truck festivals, organization meetings and neighborhood events in St. Charles County such as the Race for the Rivers Aug. 24; Monarch Madness Festival Sept. 14; MO Cowbell Health & Fitness ExMO Oct.4-5; and the Jack-O-Glow walk on the Centennial Greenway Oct. 18. Look for the Great Rivers Greenway tent or table to learn more and take the survey. People can also weigh in via an online survey and map at www.GreenwayPlan.org.

“We know this is important to people in St. Charles County and we want to think comprehensively about the connections across the county,” says Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer. “Whether we’re building new greenways, identifying places to upgrade existing trails or understanding how municipalities and other stakeholders can contribute to bringing the vision to life, coordinated planning helps tie it all together.”

Project partners will also be gathering feedback from leaders in the areas of health, transportation, nature, and economy to better understand their desires, concerns and capacities for greenway building and maintenance.

“We want to make sure we bring everyone to the table—residents, community leaders, business owners, public agencies, municipalities and other stakeholders—to develop a strategic plan for connecting St. Charles County with greenways,” says Ryan Graham, St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Director. “By working together, we can leverage existing and planned trail projects across St. Charles County to connect people to the places where they want to go. The more people who participate in this process, the better the final plan will be.”

Greenway Alert: Greenways Impacted By Flooding UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Closed for walking and biking but open space serving as natural flood plain during high water

Many greenways parallel area rivers, creeks and streams and are currently closed or impacted by flooding. While you can’t walk or ride right now, the flooded greenways are still serving an important purpose as a natural flood plain.  The water can spread out across the undeveloped open space during high water and then recede when river levels drop.

We post alerts on each individual greenway page to let you know about closures due to flooding, construction, maintenance or other issues. We update this information based on reports from partners, our staff and greenway users.  Note that once river levels drop, it may take a few weeks to clear any sand or debris left behind to reopen affected greenways.  Here is a comprehensive list of flood closures/impacts as of September 10, 2019:

Busch Greenway: KATY Trail to Missouri Research Park to August A. Busch Conservation Area
The boardwalk between the Duckett Creek trailhead and the Katy Trail is impacted by flooding. Other than the .75 mile segment between the Duckett Creek trailhead and Katy Trail, the rest of the greenway is open. Open (Check Missouri State Parks website for updates on Katy Trail Flooding here.)

Fee Fee Greenway: This greenway is open but you can only connect via the Maryland Heights Community Center and Aquaport side. You can use the greenway between Aquaport and Rule Ave. The trailhead in Creve Coeur Park is inaccessible due to closure of Marine Avenue. Most of the greenway is open, but there is still some water over the greenway in the portion through Creve Coeur Park. Watch for flood debris. Fee Fee Greenway is fully open and all clear! All the trails around Creve Coeur Lake are clear and ready for you to ride! Thanks to St. Louis County Parks for their speedy cleanup! 

Meramec Greenway: George Winter Park to Unger Park
Much of this greenway is impacted by floodingGeorge Winter park is closed. Portions of the greenway in Unger Park are still impacted by flooding. The southern portion of George Winter Park, including the back ramp, is closed for flood clean up.  OPEN! 

Sunset Greenway: Old Town Florissant to Sunset Park
The section of greenway near the Missouri River in Sunset Park has been impacted by flooding and will be closed until further notice.

Meramec Greenway: Greentree Park to Arnold’s Grove Park
There is still sand and debris on the greenway left behind from the flooding, please proceed with caution.

River des Peres Greenway: Francis R. Slay Park to Shrewsbury MetroLink, Carondelet and Lemay Parks High water and leftover debris from flooding is still impacting the eastern end of the greenway.  There is flood water in Lemay Park and it is closed to all visitors. Please avoid this area until flood waters recede. High water and leftover debris from flooding is still impacting the eastern end of the greenway. Lemay Park is closed to all visitors. Please avoid this area until flood waters recede.

Missouri Greenway: Monarch Chesterfield Levee
The greenway is closed at the highway 64 underpass due to flooding. Reopened! Sorry, we posted incorrect information-the greenway is CLOSED where it crosses under highway 64/40 due to high water. The rest of the greenway is open. (posted 8/12/19)

Missouri Greenway: Earth City Levee
This greenway is significantly impacted by flooding. Riverwoods Park is closed- there is damage to the paved greenway along the river. The greenway along the levee is also closed at this time.

Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave Park
The 5 mile loop in the lower section of Cliff Cave Park is closed due to flooding.  The 1.2 mile loop trail is open. The paved and unpaved routes in the upper section of the park are open.

Mississippi Greenway: Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge (Riverfront Trail)
Large portions of this greenway are impacted by flooding and are inaccessible. All flood gates are closed except for Riverview, Maline Creek is still over the greenway, Riverfront Park is partially flooded and the downtown riverfront is still underwater. Water levels have receded but there is flood debris left behind in several areas. Cleanup is underway, but use caution.  The flood gates at Ferry St. Branch  & Ferry are open. Cleanup of  greenway along Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. is almost done. Flooding impacted the Tri-Gen plant so they are generating stream in temporary systems outside the plant;they are blocking the greenway between Biddle and Rootwad. Please find an alternate route.

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge: The Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is closed to all users due to flooding on the Illinois side of the bridge. Bridge has reopened!

Meramec Greenway: Lower Meramec Park
Lower Meramec Park  is closed due to flooding. OPEN!

Search all of the greenways here. 

Show us your best greenway pics! Enter the #GreenwayGram contest!

Great Rivers Greenway wants to see how YOU explore the greenways that connect communities across the St. Louis region!

Each week from August 5 through September 18th, 2019, one lucky winner will get a Great Rivers Greenway prize pack full of great items you can use to enjoy the great outdoors. All you have to do is:

 1. Take a picture somewhere along our more than 120 miles of greenways and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #GreenwayGram

2. Follow us @greatriversstl

At the end of each week, one winner will be chosen to receive our awesome Great Rivers Greenway prize pack including:

  • Collapsible picnic basket
  • Picnic blanket
  • Sports towels
  • Water bottles
  • Pocket first aid kit
  • Beach ball
  • A collection of our much loved, and highly reflective, slap bracelets!

Everything you need for your next picnic along the greenways…except for food…but we will leave that up to you!


But wait, there’s more!

Weekly winners will become finalists and their pictures will be displayed at the Life Outside Free Festival of the Outdoors on September 21st where attendees will vote for their favorite, and one GRAND PRIZE winner will be selected to receive an outdoor gear prize pack worth $500!

This prize pack is chock-a-bock full of great and handy things for enjoying life outside! Our grand prize winner will receive (in no particular order):

  • Gift cards to REI and the Alpine Shop
  • A lightweight folding table
  • A lifetime supply of bragging rights
  • 2-person hammock with tree straps from Pine Valley Outfitters
  • Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker
  • A 4-person camping mess kit
  • Waterproof cellphone bags
  • The warm glow of victory
  • CleverMade SnapBasket 30 Can Soft-Sided Collapsible Cooler
  • Xenvo Pro Cell Phone Lens Kit
  • BEARZ Outdoor Beach Blanket
  • Klean Kanteen Classic Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • A deepened sense of accomplishment
  • Selfie stick/tripod with wireless remote shutter
  • 50oz CamelBak HydroBak
  • 33L Dakine Daypack
  • Citronella soap and bug spray from Herbaria
  • Mad street cred along the greenways

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and show us how you live life outside!

Vote for your favorite entry at Life Outside on September 21!


Rules and Regulations:

The Great Rivers Greenway #GreenwayGram Instagram contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram

1. CONTEST ENTRY PERIOD: The Great Rivers Greenway (“Sponsor”) #GreenwayGram Instagram Contest (“Contest”) begins on August 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm Central Time (“CT”) and ends on September 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm CT and consists of six (6) distinct entry periods (each an “Entry Period”).

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to all residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C.. Employees, officers and directors of Great Rivers Greenway, and promotion agencies associated with the Contest, and members of the immediate families (defined as including spouse, biological, adoptive and step-parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest. Non-eligibility or non-compliance with any of these Official Rules will result in disqualification. Contest is void outside of the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited by law. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

3. HOW TO ENTER: Step 1: Go to a greenway. We have more than 120 miles of them to choose from. Find one close to you here. Step 2: Take some photos of yourself, friends, family, your dog, someone else’s dog, butterflies, random squirrels, or anything else that might catch your eye while enjoying and exploring the greenway of your choice. Step 3: Post your favorite photos from your adventures to Instagram, including the hashtag #GreenwayGram. Step 4: Sit back and wait and see if one of your photos is chosen as a weekly winner. Step 5: If chosen as a weekly winner, round up all your friends, neighbors, long lost cousins, and get them to Life Outside on September 21 to cast their vote for your photo.

4. ENTRY GUIDELINES: By submitting an Entry, you warrant and represent that: (a) it is, in its entirety, your original work ; (b) it has not been previously published; (c) it has not won previous awards; (d) it does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy/publicity or other intellectual property rights or any other rights of any person or entity; (e) the Entry is suitable for presentation  in a public forum; and (f) publication of the Entry via various media, including but not  limited to the Sponsor’s Website, the Contest Website and social media channels, will not infringe on the rights of any third party.  Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any claims to the contrary.

Entry submissions may not contain, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, any of the following:

  • Third-party (i.e., parties other than Sponsor*) licensed trademarks, logos, or trade dress;
  • Sexually explicit or suggestive content; violent content or content derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; nor any profane or pornographic content or nudity;
  • References to or depictions of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); content that promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; content that promotes any particular political agenda or message;
  • Obscene or offensive material; endorsement of any form of hate or hate group;
  • Content that is a knowing/intentional duplicate of any other Entry’s content;
  • Content that defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about Sponsor, other companies or other people;
  • Personal identification, such as personal names, license plates or e-mail addresses;
  • Material embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia that identify any person, living or dead, other than the entrant or those persons that entrant has obtained permission from;
  • Messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the Sponsor wishes to associate;
  • Content that infringes the rights of any third party and/or violates any law.

Entries that do not comply with the above Guidelines, or that otherwise contain prohibited or inappropriate content, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, are not eligible to enter the Contest and/or will be disqualified. *LIMITED LICENSE: THE SPONSOR’S TRADEMARKS AND LOGO MAY BE USED FOR PURPOSES OF THIS CONTEST ONLY.  NO OTHER RIGHTS IN OR TO SPONSOR’S TRADEMARKS, LOGO OR TRADE DRESS ARE GRANTED UNDER THESE OFFICIAL RULES. By submitting an Entry, you agree that your Entry is gratuitous and made without restriction and will not place Sponsor under any obligations other than those contained in these Official Rules, that Sponsor is free to use or otherwise disclose the ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to you. You acknowledge that, by acceptance of your Entry, Sponsor does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known to Sponsor, or developed by its employees, or obtained from sources other than you. By entering the Contest, you acknowledge that you will not now or in the future be paid or compensated in any way for your Entry or for granting the Sponsor any of the rights set out in these Official Rules. You further acknowledge that Sponsor is not obligated to make use of any of the rights granted in these Official Rules. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR ENTRY MAY BE POSTED ON THE CONTEST WEBSITE, SPONSOR’S WEBSITE, OR ELSEWHERE ON THE INTERNET FOR PUBLIC VIEWING AND THAT ANY SUCH POSTING IS NOT INTENDED TO, AND DOES NOT, INDICATE THAT YOUR ENTRY IS A WINNING ENTRY UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. You further acknowledge that Sponsor is not obligated to post or use your Entry in any way. By submitting an Entry, you hereby grant the Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, licensees, and designees the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right to use, reproduce, edit, market, store, distribute, have distributed, publicly and privately display, communicate, publicly and privately perform, transmit, have transmitted, create derivative works based upon, and promote the Entry or portions of the Entry (as such may be edited and modified by the Sponsor at its sole discretion) for editorial, commercial, promotional and all other purposes, including without limitation posting on Sponsor-affiliated websites, social media sites and/or other Sponsor-selected media.

5. JUDGING:  The Contest is comprised of six (6) distinct Entry Periods. To be eligible for an Entry Period, an eligible Entry must be received during the corresponding Entry Period (see table below).   After each Entry Period has concluded, all eligible Entries received for that Entry Period will then be judged and scored by a panel of judges appointed by Sponsor, as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion (“Judging Panel”), based on the following criteria: Overall Quality (50%), Design/Composition of Entry (25%) and Creativity (25%).  The one (1) Entry that receives the highest combined score according to the criteria listed above for each respective Entry Period, in the sole determination of the Judging Panel, will be declared the winner (subject to verification of eligibility). In the event of a tie, the tied Entries will be re-judged by an additional judge who will serve as a tiebreaker and who will evaluate tied Entries according to the criteria listed above.  If following the re-judging the entries are still tied, the entrant whose Entry received the highest score for “Overall Quality”, as determined by the Judging Panel in their sole discretion, will be deemed the winner from among the tied entrants. The decisions of the Judging Panel (or, if applicable, the additional judge who may serve as a tiebreaker) will be final. Non-winning Entries will not be included in subsequent Entry Periods (if any).

Entry Period #: Contest Entry Period Judging on or about: # of Potential Winners:
1 Entries posted from 12 pm CT on 8/5/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 8/14/2019 8/15/2019 1
2 Entries posted from 12 am CT on 8/15/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 8/21/2019 8/22/2019 1
3 Entries posted from 12 am CT on 8/12/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 8/28/2019 8/29/2019 1
4 Entries posted from 12 am CT on 8/29/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 9/4/2019 9/5/2019 1
5 Entries posted from 12 am CT on 9/5/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 9/11/2019 9/12/2019 1
6 Entries posted from 12 am CT on 9/12/2019 through 11:59 pm CT on 9/18/2019 9/19/2019 1

6. GRAND PRIZE SELECTION: Winning photos from each of the 6 distinct Entry Periods will be put on display at the Life Outside Free Festival of the Outdoors on September 21, 2019. Event Period winners will be contacted by the Sponsor or its promotional representative and asked to provide contest Sponsor with the highest resolution version of their entry photo available. Event attendees will be provided the opportunity to cast one vote for their favorite photo.  The Entry with the most votes at the end of the festival at 4pm CT, or earlier in the event of inclement weather, will be chosen as the Grand Prize winner of the Contest. In the event of a tie, the one Entry that received the highest combined score during its respective Entry Period, in the sole determination of the Judging Panel, will be declared the winner. The decision of public voting and the Judging Panel scoring if so required will be final. Following the selection of the Grand Prize Winner, the Sponsor or its promotional representative, will contact the winner and make arrangements for the delivery (at no cost to the recipient) of an outdoor gear prize pack valued at $500. Contest participants do not need to be present at the Life Outside event on September 21, 2019 to be chosen as the Grand Prize Winner.

 

1.3 mile Section of the Mississippi Greenway to Close for Three Years Beginning August 8 to Accommodate Reconstruction of the Terminal Railroad Bridge

Closed section of greenway highlighted in red.

The Mississippi Greenway (Riverfront Trail) south of Mary Meachum Visitor Center to Branch Street will close on August 8, 2019 to accommodate reconstruction of the Terminal Railroad Bridge over the Mississippi River. This closure is expected to last through 2022. Greenway users will need to find an alternate route. Access to the McKinley Bridge Bikeway will remain open, but there will be no access to the MCT Confluence Trail on the Illinois side of the bridge. The MCT Confluence Trail is closed from the end of the McKinley Bridge north the Levee Ramp off E Street in America’s Central Port, Granite City. This closure is also due to the Terminal Railroad Bridge project. (click here for more info on MCT closures)

We understand this is an inconvenience – one of the challenges when working alongside an industrial riverfront. The railroad has budgeted funds to ensure the greenway is ready for walking and riding when construction in the area is complete. Thank you for your patience – we look forward to the greenway reopening for all.

Other Alerts for the Mississippi Greenway:

Biddle to Rootwad Park
Recent Mississippi River flooding impacted the Ashley Energy Plant on Lewis Street. They are blocking the greenway between Biddle and Rootwad Park to accommodate temporary systems to generate steam outside the plant. Please find an alternate route. Check back for updates on the timeline for this closure. NOTE: The trailhead parking lot at Biddle is also closed.

Maline Creek
Flooding damaged the retaining wall near Maline Creek. Please use caution in this area.

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 an August 20 Open House 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 August 20 Open House, you can see the display materials and share your feedback below. This survey will remain open until September 3, 2019.

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

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.

Get to Know the Greenways

Join us for a series of guided walks on greenways across the region!

We are hosting a series of fun & educational guided walking tours led by Great Rivers Greenway staff. Learn about the nature, history and communities along different greenways across the region. The walks are free, but registration is required. You can sign up for one, two or more!

Click the link for more details on each walk and to register:

Deer Creek Greenway: Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Davis Park – August 17 (2.75 miles)

Maline Greenway: Bella Fontaine County Park – September 12  (2 miles)

St. Vincent Greenway: St. Vincent County Park – September 21 (.5 mile)

Dardenne Greenway: Legacy Park to St. Charles Community College – October 19 (2 miles)

 

Share Your Feedback on Chouteau Greenway Project and Process at Feedback & Fun Fests

Community input will help to guide Framework Plan to be released in Fall 2019

Area residents are invited to engage in the making of Chouteau Greenway at one of four Feedback & Fun Fests happening throughout the City of St. Louis in July. Beginning July 9, residents are encouraged to share their ideas and reactions about the project and process to date. This feedback will help guide and shape the project’s Framework Plan slated to be released in Fall 2019. Residents will also have the opportunity to share feedback online.

 

Each Feedback & Fun Fest will have free activities, music and food to celebrate the progress to date and showcase how a greenway can be a place for community gatherings. All ages and abilities are welcome. The four events will be hosted as follows:

  • Tuesday July 9; 5-7:30 pm- Piper Palm House at Tower Grove Park (4271 Northeast Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110)
  • Saturday July 13; 9am to noon- Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club (2901 N. Grand Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110)
  • Thursday July 18; 3pm-8pm – Cortex/Venture Café (4240 Duncan Ave #200, St. Louis, MO 63110)
  • Sunday July 21; 1pm-4pm – Kaufmann Park in downtown St. Louis (corner of Tucker and Pine 63103)

Click here to share your feedback online!

The Chouteau Greenway aims to connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch and Fairground Park to Tower Grove Park through a series of pathways spanning up to 20 neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis, connecting existing destinations and creating new spaces along the way. Following initial community engagement in 2017, and an international design competition launched in 2018, the project incorporates the feedback of thousands of people across the region and the expertise and insights of more than 125 St. Louis City Residents and Civic Leaders. This deliberate planning process aims to ensure the mission, vision, key principles and intended outcomes for the Chouteau Greenway reflect the voices of the entire community. It also centers diversity, inclusion and equity as cornerstones for the project now and as the greenway evolves over time.

“This project and process are unlike anything we’ve done before and we are very grateful to everyone who has been involved so far,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This greenway will not only connect people to our city’s most treasured places and to each other, but it will create inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth.”

The interactive experiences at the Feedback & Fun Fests and online are a mix of sharing information and gathering input to ensure the Framework Plan is on track and reflects the goals of the public-private partnership. Anticipated to be completed later this fall, it will serve as a platform for the project before any schematic designs for specific segments begin. It will address design concepts including art, amenities, ecology and more; route options and criteria for selection; economic development opportunities; governance models; and an equity plan.

Feedback & Fun Fest attendees will learn what types of criteria are being studied to evaluate where the greenway might go, what an art strategy may entail and possible models of governance for a project of this scale. Attendees will be asked to share feedback on what it means to be a St. Louisan, to rank which equity strategies are important for their neighborhood, where people would like different types of art experiences, and elect how they want to be involved in the future. Participants should expect to spend about 20 minutes on the engagement activities.

“For the past two years, we’ve been building engagement into every step of the process; this is one opportunity among many to share your ideas,” said Shaughnessy H. Daniels, Civic Engagement Manager for Great Rivers Greenway. “We’re also working to engage the 20 City neighborhoods, agencies, business leaders, churches, elected officials and other institutions to collaborate as the project evolves.”

For any accommodation needs, please contact Great Rivers Greenway at 314-436-7009. Find out more about this project at www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Life Outside Festival Postponed Due to Flooding

Event rescheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019

Great Rivers Greenway’s 4th Annual Life Outside Free Festival of the Outdoors – planned for June 8 – has been postponed due to flooding in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10am to 3pm and will move to a new location – St. Vincent County Park along the St. Vincent Greenway. (7335 St. Charles Rock Road, 63133)

“With historic rains and flooding throughout the region, our staff had been closely monitoring conditions within Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park,” says Elizabeth Simons, Great Rivers Greenway Community Program Manager. “When the main road through the park closed, and rising water levels were predicted through the end of the week, we had no choice but to postpone. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Life Outside at St. Vincent County Park on September 21. ”

Great Rivers Greenway is working to reschedule participating clubs, organizations and businesses to ensure a dynamic lineup of classes, product demos, hands-on experiences and competitions for festival attendees.

Businesses and organizations interested in providing an outdoor activity at the event can contact Elizabeth Simons, at esimons@grgstl.org and 314-932-4904. More information about the Life Outside Festival can be found at www.LiveLifeOutside.org.

 

Maline Greenway Opens in Bella Fontaine Park!

Area residents and local elected officials cut the ribbon on first 1.6 miles of the planned 7 mile greenway in North St. Louis County

Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis County Parks, elected officials and area residents celebrated the opening of the Maline Greenway in North St. Louis County at a ribbon cutting Thursday, May 9 in Bella Fontaine County Park. The event was held in conjunction with St. Louis County’s Food Truck Fest.

This project creates 1.6 miles of the planned seven-mile Maline Greenway, an east-west link that will connect the Mississippi and St. Vincent Greenways. When complete, the Maline Greenway will travel along Maline Creek through the cities of Berkeley, Kinloch, Ferguson, Jennings, Moline Acres, Bellefontaine neighbors and Riverview in St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.

The first phase of the new greenway was built primarily within Bella Fontaine County Park and includes new and refurbished, ADA accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three bridges. There is also a new underpass beneath Highway 367/Lewis & Clark Boulevard, providing a safe, seamless connection between both sides of the park and two Metro transit stops.

Additional improvements include a new rain garden (native-to-Missouri plants that absorb storm water) and streambank restoration along Maline Creek to help improve water quality and reduce erosion. This section of Maline Creek drains a developed urban watershed that generates high volumes of rushing water during heavy rainstorms. To help mitigate this, portions of the stream bank were reshaped, sloping outward to create a place for water to spread out and temporarily pool. Two rock riffles—a wall of rocks across the bottom of the creek bed, perpendicular to the water flow—were also installed to help slow down the flow of water. The reduction in water flow not only prevents erosion at the site of the rock riffle, but also downstream as the creek heads toward the Mississippi River. Construction was coordinated with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) to coincide with planned improvements to the waste and storm water infrastructure in the area. Improvements made to the MSD sewer system will now prevent any sewage from entering into the creek in this area.

There is also new landscaping including more than 300 trees and shrubs and new seating areas for people to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

Plan your visit to the Maline Greenway here.