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!

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.”

 

Deer Creek Greenway Update

New Bridge to be installed over Shady Grove Creek in Lorraine Davis Park on May 24

Along with our partners at the City of Webster Groves and our construction team, we are making great progress on the Deer Creek Greenway expansion from Deer Creek Park to Lorraine Dave Park. This project is adding 1.5 miles to the existing 0.7-mile greenway, for a total of 2.2 miles to explore and enjoy.

On Thursday May 24, Gershenson Construction will install a 140 foot long and ten foot wide pedestrian bridge across Shady Grove Creek in Webster Groves’ Lorraine Davis Park. To accommodate placement of the bridge, one southbound lane of Brentwood Boulevard between Marshall road and the BP station will close Wednesday, May 23 in the evening and will remain closed overnight as a staging area. On May 24, area residents are encouraged to avoid the area between E. Waymire and E. Thornton Avenue, between 6:30 am and 10 am while contractors set the bridge over the creek. Click here to see a map of the area impacted. 

“This is an exciting milestone for the project, says Angelica Gutierrez, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to deliver this expanded greenway to the community. As with all projects, our team is committed to minimizing impact to area residents as we work through each phase of construction.”

After the bridge is placed, contractors will begin work on sidewalks and driveways along Pacific Avenue. Work is underway on the new trailhead on Marshall Avenue with construction of a new shelter and pump track slated for mid-to-late June.

 

In addition to the new greenway bridge, the expansion also includes improvement to Lorraine Davis Park. The plans call for benches, 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.

Weather permitting, the greenway is expected to be complete in the Fall.

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.