MISSISSIPPI GREENWAY EXPANSION IN CLIFF CAVE COUNTY PARK IS OPEN!

Plan a trip and see it for yourself!

Great Rivers Greenway and our partners at Louis County Parks gathered with area residents, contractors and local officials on Friday, May 4, to celebrate the opening of the 2-mile Mississippi Greenway expansion in Cliff Cave County Park. The expanded greenway makes it possible for people of all ages and abilities to explore and enjoy the upper and lower sections of the park and provides two new connections for area residents to access this amenity.

The $4.3 million project extends the existing 5-mile paved greenway that runs along the Mississippi River two miles up the bluff to a new scenic overlook, while also providing a direct path for residents to walk or bike to Cliff Cave County Park from Telegraph Rd. A new parking lot north of the existing entrance on Cliff Cave Road provides additional parking and restrooms for visitors, and a paved connection links the new parking lot to the scenic overlook. A 210-foot pedestrian bridge was also installed over Cliff Cave Road to connect residents to the other side of the park and scenic overlook. A separate 70-foot bridge was placed to allow residents to cross over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave on the new greenway linking the upper and lower sections of the park. In addition to the paved greenway and bridges, the expansion features seating for people to stop and rest, and more than a thousand new native trees, shrubs, sedges and flowers to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

The new greenway was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new overlook at Cliff Cave Park. Area residents then had the chance to explore the new greenway and see the improvements and added amenities.

On Sunday, May 6, several hundred people came out to see the new greenway and explore the park. People of all ages participated in a host of free activities such as Yoga on the Mississippi River, a hiking class and nature walk. The first 250 lucky park visitors enjoyed their choice of a free snow cone from Kona Ice or a Belgium Waffle from Walk Away Waffles. Bikes and helmets were be available to rent by the hour from City Cycling Tours of St. Louis so people could ride bikes on the seven miles of paved trails in the park. Others opted to explore the expanded greenway on foot.

For people want a choice of paved and unpaved trails, the park’s existing Spring Valley and River Bluff trails remain unchanged and offer a total of 5.2 miles for hiking and mountain biking. Come out and see this new park for yourself! More details here.

Greenway Alert: Centennial Greenway Bridge Over Forest Park Parkway Closed May 21- October 2018 for Construction

Detour for Greenway Users During Construction of New Bridge

The Centennial Greenway bicycle and pedestrian bridge that crosses over Forest Park Parkway at Washington University closed Monday May 21, 2018 to accommodate construction of a new bridge. The bridge will be twice as wide as the current bridge with separate paths for people walking and riding bikes. A new switchback ramp on the north side of the bridge will help slow cyclists as they descend,  making it safer  for everyone to connect to the greenway. People using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller can expect the new bridge to be accessible and easier to cross.

Washington University has established a detour that will take you from the greenway along Melville Avenue, through the Ames Place neighborhood to a dedicated bike and pedestrian walkway on Big Bend Blvd. People can also use the sidewalk on Skinker Blvd. to connect to the University and Forest Park. The new bridge is expected to open in October.

These detours will add extra time to your walk or bike ride. Please be sure to plan your trip accordingly!

 

Maline Greenway Construction in Bella Fontaine County Park

Dear Neighbor of Bella Fontaine County Park and the Maline Greenway,

On behalf of Great Rivers Greenway, and our partners at St. Louis County Parks, I want to share the latest details about the construction of the Maline Greenway trail in Bella Fontaine County Park and how this project will impact your neighborhood.

This first phase of trail construction of the Maline Greenway within Bella Fontaine County Park will include a new trail underpass along Maline Creek beneath Lewis and Clark Blvd. to connect both sides of the park for people walking, jogging, pushing a stroller, riding a bike, or using a wheelchair. The project also features the renovation of 1.5 miles of existing trails within the park to improve accessibility and replacement of existing trail bridges in the park to bring them up to current standards.

The trail will be relocated so that the shifting creek does not threaten the new trail bridges. This project will also include streambank restoration to prevent erosion and stormwater management with native landscaping. Some invasive plants in the park will be removed and replaced with 300 trees and shrubs and a rain garden. See the map below for more details. Construction will begin in March 2018 and is anticipated to be complete in spring 2019.

This phase of the Maline Greenway is being built on public park property. Greenway construction will not take place on your private property. However, you may be impacted by project construction within the park. Pedestrian access to some areas of the park will be limited while trail bridges are removed and replaced. During this time, signs in the park will notify you of the bridge closure ahead. Additionally, construction vehicles will drive down public roadways to access the park. We apologize for any inconvenience that this construction causes. We will work hard to make this experience as timely and pleasant as possible for residents as well as park visitors.

We hope that this new greenway is an asset to you and your neighbors. If you have any questions about the project, please visit our website at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org, call me at
314-932-4902 or email powens@grgstl.org.

Sincerely,

Patrick Owens
Project Manager

More information about the Maline Greenway and Great Rivers Greenway:

Goals of this project include:

  • Expanding transportation options for people of all ages and abilities
  • Creating opportunities to exercise, socialize, and learn about history, culture, and nature

Planning for the Maline Greenway took place in 2011-12. Community members provided feedback for the first phase of construction of the Maline Greenway in Bella Fontaine County Park at open houses in March 2014 and January 2018.

When complete, the Maline Greenway will create a seven mile east-west link for walking, running, bicycling, and getting fresh air between the Mississippi Greenway (also known as the Riverfront Trail) and the northern end of the St. Vincent Greenway near the North Hanley MetroLink station.

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways. In 2000, a vote of the people created a sales tax to leave a legacy for future generations. Those funds allow us to collaborate with partners and communities to build, care for and bring to life your network of greenways, creating healthy habitats and watersheds along the way.

Maline Greenway Construction to Begin in March

Construction of the first 1.63 miles of the planned seven-mile Maline Greenway in North St. Louis County is scheduled to begin in March in Bellefontaine Neighbors.

This phase of the new greenway will be built primarily within Bella Fontaine Park, in partnership with St. Louis County Parks Department, and will create a safe, seamless connection between both sides of the park and make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to transit on Lewis and Clark Blvd. The $2.6 million construction project includes new and refurbished, ADA accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three bridges. A new underpass will also be constructed beneath Lewis & Clark Blvd. in order to link both sides of the park.

Additional improvements to the park include a new raingarden and stream bank restoration along Maline Creek to better manage storm water and prevent erosion. Construction has been coordinated with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to coincide with planned improvements to the waste and storm water infrastructure in the area. There will also be new landscaping, including more than 300 trees and shrubs along with new seating areas for people to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

“It’s exciting to break ground on a brand new greenway,” said Patrick Owens, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “This first phase will not only enhance Bella Fontaine Park for all visitors, but also make it easier and safer for people to connect to transit.”

The master plan for the seven-mile Maline Greenway calls for an east-west link between the Mississippi Greenway (sometimes called the Riverfront Trail) and the St. Vincent Greenway in North St. Louis County. The greenway will pass though the cities of Berkeley, Kinloch, Ferguson, Jennings, Moline Acres, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Riverview and the City of St. Louis, as well as unincorporated St. Louis County. Approximately 70,000 people reside in this greenway corridor that will eventually connect more than 350 acres of park land.

As progress continues on the first phase of the Maline Greenway, Great Rivers Greenway will be seeking community feedback on the second phase of the project, which is expected to connect West Florissant Avenue and Ferguson’s Forestwood Park. Construction on the first phase is expected to last approximately twelve months.

 

More Greenways for You in 2018!

Construction Update

Our team has been busy planning and building new greenways for you to explore and enjoy! Thanks to our many partners, and tremendous community feedback, we’ll be cutting the ribbon on several expanded greenways this year. We’ll also break ground on a few new projects in 2018. Here’s a quick update:

River des Peres Greenway
We’re putting the finishing touches on the extension of the River des Peres Greenway from the Shrewsbury- Lansdowne MetroLink to Slay Park. Trees and shrubs are all in place and wayfinding signs will be placed in the coming weeks. Thanks to this most recent expansion, the greenway now stretches a full 9.6 miles and connects to more places than ever before!

Centennial Greenway: Bridges over 364 & 94 in St. Charles County
In April, we’ll celebrate the expansion of the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County over Highways 364 and 94. It now connects both sides of the community so people can safely walk or ride a bike across these busy highways. New connections to parks, schools, businesses and the Katy Trail on foot or bike are now possible thanks to these two bridges. Save the date for a ribbon cutting celebration with our partners on April 7, 2018!

Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave Park
In May, we’ll open the expanded greenway in Cliff Cave Park with a ribbon cutting May 4th and Community Day May 6th. This 2 mile expansion connects the existing greenway to the upper section of the park so it is more accessible for everyone. There’s also a new parking lot, restrooms and a neighborhood spur that connects to Telegraph Road. Wait ‘til you see the amazing view of the Mississippi River from the new overlook on the bluff!

Fee Fee Greenway: Aquaport to Creve Coeur Park
On June 14th, we’ll cut another ribbon on the expanded Fee Fee Greenway. This two mile extension along Quarry at Crystal Springs golf course makes it possible to walk or ride a bike all the way from Aquaport in Maryland Heights to Creve Coeur Park.

Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail
On June 24th, we’ll open the new trailhead at the south end of the greenway near Orlando’s. The first phase of this eagerly anticipated expansion includes restrooms, benches, landscaping and a play structure. As part of the festivities, we’ll also host an open house so you can learn more about the second phase of the project that will extend the greenway an additional two miles to connect with the River des Peres Greenway.

Deer Creek Greenway: Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Davis Park
Next fall, we’ll celebrate the 1.5 mile extension of the Deer Creek Greenway from Webster Groves Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Davis Park. When complete, there will be a total of 2.2 miles to explore and enjoy! There will also be a new boardwalk, landscaping with native plants, and a new pavilion with picnic tables and a drinking fountain in Lorraine Davis Park.


What’s Coming in 2018

The Great Rivers Greenway Board has approved funding to advance several projects in 2018. Here are a few highlights:

Chouteau Greenway
Together with our partners, we’ll advance the concepts for the Chouteau Greenway as the design competition continues through the end of June. See the latest updates here. Get the latest information on the Chouteau Greenway here.

Maline Greenway
Construction will soon begin on the first segment of the Maline Greenway in Bella Fontaine Park. Plans include the renovation of existing trails, replacement of three pedestrian bridges, and construction of an underpass beneath Lewis and Clark Boulevard that will connect both sides of the park, providing area residents with a safer way to enjoy all the park’s amenities and improved options for accessing transit.

New Trailhead on Deer Creek Greenway
Bids are out for a new trailhead on Marshall Avenue along the route of the Deer Creek Greenway that’s currently under construction. It will offer parking, a water fountain, a pavilion, benches, restored streambank habitat and more!

Centennial Greenway: Interstate I-70 and Delmar Improvements
We are working with our partners on the final designs to improve the greenway where it crosses over Delmar at I-170 in the City of University City. The goal is to make it safer and easier for people to navigate this intersection whether they are on foot, bike or in a car.

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

Greenway Construction Update: November 2017

If we summarized our greenway construction over the past three months in just one word, it would have to be… BRIDGES!

Since July, our project managers have overseen the placement of five bridges in three greenways across the region. Two in Cliff Cave Park for the Mississippi Greenway, one for the Fee Fee Greenway in Maryland Heights, and two over Highways 364 and 94 for the Centennial Greenway in St. Charles County.

In late July, contractors placed a 70 foot bridge over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave in the Mississippi Greenway. A 210 foot bridge, one of the longest single span pedestrian bridges in the St. Louis region, was placed over Cliff Cave Road. New restrooms were installed in mid-October and work continues on the new parking lot serving the upper section of Cliff Cave County Park. Contractors are putting the finishing touches on the new overlook as construction continues between Cliff Cave Road and Telegraph Road. Trees will be planted between now and the end of the year but the rest of the landscaping will have to wait until warmer weather in the spring.

We know everyone is eager to explore and enjoy the new paved paths and overlook, but the upper section of Cliff Cave County Park is still closed. Our project manager and partners at St. Louis County Parks want to remind everyone this is an active construction site and for everyone’s safety, please only use the greenway in the lower section of the park. We look forward to opening this new greenway in spring 2018!

In September, a 78 foot bridge was set over Fee Fee Creek in Maryland Heights as part of the two mile extension of the Fee Fee Greenway from its current endpoint in McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur County Park. A new “living wall” is starting to come to life with its first “cover crop” of wild rye grass. 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. This living wall will also provide habitat for wildlife and insects. When the project is completed in early to mid-2018, the three mile greenway will connect the new Maryland Heights Community Center and Aquaport with Creve Coeur County Park.

Another construction milestone occurred in September with the placement of two bridges over highways 364 & 94 in St. Charles County. Two of the longest bridges in our system at 217 and 280 feet, they required four overnight highway closures. Construction crews are working on the approaches to the bridges and the project is expected to be wrapped up in 2017. Some landscaping work will continue into spring 2018. Stay tuned for updates on when the new Centennial Greenway bridges will be open for you to explore and enjoy!

Construction is about 90 percent complete on the River des Peres Greenway extension from the Shrewsbury- Lansdowne MetroLink to Slay Park. Painting is underway on the Lansdowne and Chippewa Bridges and new trees and wayfinding signs should be installed in the coming weeks. We’ll let you know when the greenway is officially open!

Construction to extend the Gravois Greenway: Grant’s Trail to connect it with the River des Peres Greenway began in late September with the closure of the southern trailhead near Orlando’s Event and Conference Center. Crews are building the foundations for the new restroom and trailhead amenities as well as beginning to layout the new paved greenway segment. As a reminder, you are unable to enter or exit the greenway at Orlando’s while construction of the improved trailhead is underway. The last 750 feet of the existing paved route is also closed. The first phase of construction is expected to last about six months with the second phase breaking ground in mid-2018.

Deer Creek Greenway Expansion Underway

1.5-mile Expansion Will Link Three Webster Groves Parks—Deer Creek, Barnickle and Lorraine Davis

Construction to extend the Deer Creek Greenway 1.5 miles from its current endpoint in Webster Groves’ Deer Creek Park and connect it with Lorraine Davis Park is underway. The paved greenway will provide residents with more opportunities to connect with nature by walking, riding bikes, pushing a stroller, or using a wheelchair. The extension will add 1.5 miles to the existing 0.7-mile greenway, for a total of 2.2 miles to explore and enjoy.

The existing segment parallels Deer Creek, running from Big Bend Boulevard through Deer Creek Shopping Center and Maplewood’s Deer Creek Park (Rocket Park) and ending at Deer Creek Park in Webster Groves. The expanded route will extend from Deer Creek Park, along Pacific Avenue, through Barnickle Park to Lorraine Davis Park, ending at Ravine Avenue.

While most of the Deer Creek Greenway extension will involve the construction of a new multi-use path for anyone running, walking or riding a bike, portions of the expansion will utilize existing sidewalks and roadways. The project will make use of the existing sidewalk along East Pacific Avenue between Barnickle Park and Deer Creek Park. Modifications and additions will be made to the sidewalk to make the entirety of this half-mile path ADA accessible. For cyclists traveling between these two parks, shared-lane arrows, or “sharrows,” will be applied to the surface of Pacific.

In addition to a paved trail, plans call for new trees, shrubs and native grasses to be planted along the greenway. A few benches will also be strategically placed to allow residents to relax and enjoy the fresh air. In Lorraine Davis Park, plans include boardwalks, landscaping with native plants, and a new pavilion with picnic tables and a drinking fountain. A new overlook adjacent to the pavilion will offer views of the confluence of Deer and Shady Creeks.

In Barnickle Park, project plans include a new basketball court. The City of Webster Groves will also be building a new playground. As part of a separate project, plans are underway to construct a new trailhead at Marshall Avenue near the lower entrance to Owen Development, Inc.

“We are eager to bring this expanded greenway to life for people of all ages and abilities to connect to parks, neighborhoods, shopping and more,” says Angelica Gutierrez, Great Rivers Greenway project manager. “We are grateful for our partners at the City of Webster Groves and other stakeholders who have helped shape the plans for this new community asset.”

Portions of Lorraine Davis Park, Barnickle Park and Deer Creek Park will be closed at different stages throughout construction. Project partners are working together to minimize impact to the existing amenities and parking. Construction is expected to be complete in Fall 2018.

Construction Underway on First Phase of Gravois Greenway Extension and Trailhead

Construction of Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) Underway

The greenway expansion project linking Grant’s Trail and the River des Peres Greenway is starting with the construction of an improved trailhead

Construction to extend the Gravois Greenway (Grant’s Trail) and connect it with the River des Peres Greenway began Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, with the closure of the southern trailhead near Orlando’s Event and Conference Center (4300 Hoffmeister Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63125). During construction, greenway users cannot enter or exit the greenway at this location and need to plan their walks, runs or bike rides accordingly.

The last 750 feet of the existing paved route is also closed for about eight months while construction of the improved trailhead is underway. The trailhead improvements include restrooms, benches, landscaping and a play structure.

To lessen the inconvenience to greenway users, Great Rivers Greenway has leased a 16-vehicle parking lot, adjacent to Grant’s Trail at Reavis Barracks Road that will serve as a temporary trailhead. No other trailheads or designated parking areas along the eight-mile Gravois Greenway will be impacted by this construction.

To commemorate the start of this long-awaited greenway expansion, Great Rivers Greenway held a “Last Hurrah” celebration on Saturday Sept. 23. Area residents were invited to stop by the existing trailhead at Orlando’s. Great Rivers Greenway staff was on hand with coffee and information about the project. Thanks to Midwest BankCentre for supply granola bars for those needing a snack after their walk or bike ride!

“People across the region have been eagerly waiting for this project to begin, and we are excited to break ground,” says Megan Riechmann, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “We know that many people use the trailhead at Orlando’s, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we build this new trailhead and expanded greenway for all to enjoy.”

Construction on this first phase of the Gravois Greenway extension is expected to last into spring 2018.

Phase two of the project is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will extend the existing eight-mile Gravois Greenway an additional two miles to connect with the River des Peres Greenway.


Parking Information

There are multiple trailheads and designated parking lots available for people who want to walk, run, or ride a bike on the Gravois Greenway.  All are listed below, from north to south starting at the Kirkwood Trailhead at Holmes & Leffingwell to the new temporary Trailhead on Reavis Barracks Road.

Greenway Construction Update: August 2017

Our project managers have been busy overseeing greenway construction throughout the St. Louis region. Here are the latest updates:

In St. Charles County, crews have been hard at work building the supporting walls for the bridges that will extend the Centennial Greenway over Highways 364 and 94. The bridge truss segments will be assembled on site and then separately hoisted into place in September. This will require four overnight lane closures and all project partners are working together to minimize inconvenience to motorists who live and work in this area. Stay tuned for the exact dates when these new bridges will be set in place!

In south St. Louis County, work continues in the Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave County Park where contractors have placed two bridges, including a 210 foot bridge over Cliff Cave Road. Work continues on a new overlook which will provide visitors with a safe vista of the Mississippi River’s breathtaking grandeur. Paving on the east side of the project, the new parking lot, and restroom installation is planned for the coming weeks.

In the City of St. Louis, construction of a new extension to the River des Peres Greenway is substantially complete between Lansdowne and Interstate 44. Work continues on the Lansdowne bridge where the greenway will connect to the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station. Contractors are now focused on the stretch of greenway north of Interstate 44 to Francis R. Slay Park. Keep an eye out for new trees that will be installed this fall!

In Maryland Heights, the expansion of the Fee Fee Greenway from its current endpoint in McKelvey Woods to Creve Coeur County Park is well underway. Crews are preparing to set a 70 foot bridge across Fee Fee Creek next month. When the project is complete in early to mid-2018, the three mile greenway will connect the new Maryland Heights Community Center and Aquaport with Creve Coeur County Park.

Coming Soon: Bids for the construction of the first phase of the Gravois Greenway expansion and Deer Creek Greenway extension to Lorraine Davis Park were received the week of August 21. The Great Rivers Greenway Board of Directors will be reviewing them at our September board meeting. We’ll let you know when you can look forward to these projects breaking ground!

 

Project Update: Mississippi Greenway Expansion in Cliff Cave County Park Nears Halfway Point

The Great Rivers Greenway and St. Louis County Parks project reached a significant milestone with the placement of two new pedestrian bridges. In late July, contractors placed a 70 foot bridge over the creek that flows from the mouth of Cliff Cave. A 210 foot bridge, one of the longest single span pedestrian bridges in the St. Louis region, was installed over Cliff Cave Road.

The bridges, along with the two miles of new paved trails currently in progress, will provide an ADA accessible connection between the upper portion of Cliff Cave County Park and the existing 4.6 miles of paved trails that run through the lower portion of the park. When complete, greenway visitors will also be able to access a new Mississippi River overlook which is now under construction.

“Thanks to the dry weather, our crews have made great progress in Cliff Cave Park. It’s exciting to know that people of all abilities will soon be able to experience the park’s unique geography and sweeping views,” says Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager Megan Riechmann.

The greenway project will also provide increased access to Cliff Cave County Park to people residing in surrounding neighborhoods. Following the review of a safety analysis, project partners are moving forward with a planned neighborhood connection into the park at Telegraph and Erb roads. This connection will allow people to walk, jog, push a stroller, ride a bike or use a wheelchair to access the park without driving a car.

 

Construction in Cliff Cave County Park is expected to last through the end of the year.