Tips for Pruning Trees

Deciduous trees are pruned during their dormant stages.  In our region this means fall to spring.  With spring upon us, now is the time to make sure you have pruned all the trees you plan to touch for this growth season.  The trees that Great Rivers Greenway prune tend to be smaller (under 25’) and we mainly focus on structural or corrective pruning.

An exception is when tree limbs are ripped off trees or fall off during a storm or high winds. A clean, proper cut is appropriate at the site of the wound; you do not need to wait for dormant season.  If you do have to prune during growing season, be sure to factor in the size of the limb that fell off and include it in your pruning percentage of removal.

In general, when pruning trees you should never remove more than 30% of the canopy in one growing season.  When approaching a tree, walk a full circle around it inspecting the canopy, branching, root flare, everything (really, you can do this all year leading up to pruning!)  First to remove will be dead, dying or crossing/rubbing branches).  Next, look for the central leader, if you have a double leader on a single stem tree a decision must be made.  Next step is to make sure you are not creating any maintenance issues with lower limbs- ask yourself “is it best to enlarge a mulch ring or remove lower branching”?  Each cut on a tree should be just on the outside of the branch collar and ridge- this is where meristematic tissue is located to help compartmentalize the wound- a great cut will heal like a donut!

Brickline Greenway Northern Segment Is Awarded $15 Million in Construction Funds From United States Department of Transportation

RAISE discretionary grant program (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) selected this St. Louis project for funding

With great support from Senator Roy Blunt and Congresswoman Cori Bush, part of the northern segment of the Brickline Greenway, from Fairground Park to Forest Park Avenue, just took an important step forward. The United States Department of Transportation awarded Great Rivers Greenway $15 million in construction funding as part of their RAISE discretionary grant program (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity).

This segment of the Brickline Greenway path will give people transportation choices and connections to nearby destinations, especially on this route with high crash, injury and fatality rates for people walking or riding bikes. The greenway will also include features along the way to enhance the environment and climate change resiliency, improve the safety of visitors and tell the stories of the place through signs, public art and programs. Another major goal is for the greenway to be a catalyst for equitable economic development to strengthen the neighborhoods and current residents in this historically disinvested area. The approach to equity means pursuing shared prosperity for people here now and driving job and population growth. Working with residents, partners and leaders, the greenway project and process strives to drive access to transportation, employment and training opportunities, affordable housing, job and population growth and overall quality of life. Great Rivers Greenway is working with many different kinds of partners to bring all of these aspects of the project to life.

The 2.16 mile section spans 4 neighborhoods, connecting destinations like Fairground Park, Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, Saint Louis University, City Foundry, churches, businesses and the busiest transit route in the MetroBus system. The total cost of this project from Fairground Park to Forest Park Ave is $41 million and is currently in planning with community engagement, estimated to move into construction in 2025. The RAISE grant, funding a portion of the project’s construction from Fairground Park to Page Avenue, is supported by additional local sales tax dollars that fund Great Rivers Greenway and the match is being supported by Edward Jones and other private donors. Additional fundraising is currently underway. Another portion of the project, from Sarah Street to the Grand MetroLink Station, recently received $4 million in federal funds for construction through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) through East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

This segment is part of the overall Brickline Greenway, a public-private project to connect Forest Park, Gateway Arch National Park, Fairground Park and Tower Grove Park with a network of 10-20 miles of greenway paths connecting up to 17 neighborhoods and creating equitable opportunities for growth along the way. The project is driven by community engagement across all audiences. Visit to learn more about the project and subscribe for email or text updates. The full application and letters of support can be viewed at

Storybook Walks on Greenways

Storybook Walks are a fun way to read a book while enjoying a walk along a greenway. (Not to mention instilling a love for books as little readers burn up some energy!) Books are displayed page -by-page on progressive signs along the paved path. There are Storybook Walks on greenways in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Plan a visit to one or all of them!

Great Rivers Greenway 2020 Financial Statement




Cash & Investments – Prop C 10,673,412
Cash & Investments – Prop P 10,485,946
Cash & Investments – CAR 17,236,770
Restricted cash – Prop C 6,294,929
Restricted cash – CAR 2,001,428
Sales tax receivable – Prop C 1,642,131
Sales tax receivable – Prop P 1,385,150
Sales tax receivable – CAR 1,385,150
Grant receivables 11,847
Other receivables 13,006
Interest Receivables 43,791
Prepaid expenses 120,020
Land 27,306,893
Land Improvements 92,690,660
Buildings 260,118
Construction in Process 37,631,161
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment 1,505,916
Accumulated depreciation (60,701,560)
Total Assets 149,986,768



Accounts payable 1,780,162
Accrued Interest – Prop C 20,242
Accrued Interest – CAR 6,135
Accrued liabilities 201,496
Bonds payable – Prop C 10,455,000
Bonds payable – CAR 59,730,000
Unearned revenue – Bond OIP, net – CAR 1,245,236
Total Liabilities 73,438,271

Net Assets


Unrestricted 23,486,183
Restricted 19,504,431
Board Designated 6,294,929
Investment in property and equipment, net of related debt 27,262,954
Total Net Assets 76,548,497

Total Liabilities and Net Assets





Sales tax revenue – Prop C 10,831,672
Sales tax revenue – Prop P 9,430,813
Sales tax revenue – CAR 9,430,813
Federal government grants 697,359
Private Contributions 901,229
Rental income 1,170,708
Cost sharing revenues 40,971
Investment income 141,633
Investment income – CAR 151,217
Miscellaneous income 48,091
Totals 32,844,505

Administrative Expenses


Salaries 735,315
Benefits 194,762
Professional Fees 208,105
Office & Support 139,489
Space & Occupancy 100,569
Administrative Capital Purchases 519,754
Totals 1,897,995

93¢ of every dollar spent in 2020 went back to the community to build, promote and sustain your network of greenways.

Great Rivers Greenway 2020 Project Expenditures


Project Name

Project Phase


Brickline Collaboratives: Sarah St/Cortex to Tower Grove Park Planning $122,074

Brickline: Community Engagement Planning $102,131

Brickline: Entire Network Planning $474,597

Brickline: Foundry Planning $461,120

Brickline: Foundry Foundations & CA Planning $56,526

Brickline: Foundry to Spring via Forest Park Blvd Planning $44,467

Brickline: Grand Ave – Fairground Park to Cass Planning $833

Brickline: Hodiamont Corridor Planning $173,667

Brickline: Metro Corridor Planning $303,257

Brickline: Mill Creek Valley Planning $40,424

Brickline: MLS Stadium Market & 20th Planning $139,998

Centennial: Christy Dr. to Hackmann Planning $87,590

Centennial: Dielman Rd to Olive Blvd Planning $6,549

Centennial: Indian Meadows Pk to Dielman plus 170/Olive Xng Planning $271,593

Deer Creek: Big Bend & Oxford to RdP Planning $150,730

Deer Creek: Deer Creek Center to Big Bend Planning $1,500

Deer Creek: Stormwater Restoration Enhancement $66,505

Gravois: Hoffmeister Ave. to River des Peres Greenway Planning $9,337
Construction $3,000,916

Gravois: Improvement of Wayfinding Signage Enhancement $183,014

Maline: Ted Jones Trail to W. Florissant Planning $206,006

Meramec:  Route 66 State Park Bridge Enhancement $94,567

Meramec: I-44 Bike Ped Bridge Connection Construction $750,000

Mississippi: Chain of Rocks Bridge to I-270 Enhancement $83,300

Mississippi: Chouteau Ave. to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge Enhancement $152,170

Mississippi: Katherine Ward Burg Garden Construction $1,702,335

Mississippi: Kiener Plaza Visitor Service & Maintenance Building Planning $64,349
Construction $200

Mississippi: Riverview Trail Crossing Enhancement $3,950

Mississippi: Under Rail Park (Parking Lot Improvements) Planning $4,820

NPS Arch Ground Improvements Enhancement $65,797

Regional: Data & Asset Management Planning $149,501

Regional: Gateway Bike Implementation Planning $12,923

Regional: GRG PCS Planning $190,365

Regional: Land Acquisition and Real Estate Services Planning $175,178

Regional: Regional Plan IV Planning $252,421

Regional: St. Charles County Greenway Plan Planning $158,750

St. Vincent Park to Rock Road Transit Center Planning $176,386
Construction $253,388

St. Vincent: Eskridge High School to St. Charles Rock Road Planning $299,546

St. Vincent: Trojan to Eskridge Planning $286,410
Construction $259,346


Brickline Greenway Update

Based on community input, we translated the project’s mission, key principles and intended outcomes into a brand for the Brickline Greenway (while still being part of the overall Great Rivers Greenway network of greenways). Project progress continues:

  • Market Street from Harris Stowe State University to the St. Louis CITY SC team’s new stadium district is in design and includes a major art installation from St. Louis Artist Damon Davis to honor and celebrate the Mill Creek Valley neighborhood and tell the stories of the people who lived there before they were displaced and the neighborhood destroyed.
  • Improvements from Fairground Park south to the Grand MetroLink Station and east to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency must be driven by community engagement. We’re focusing on taking stock of existing conditions and partners, engaging one-on-one with stakeholders and community leaders, and planning for engagement, both for now and when we can connect fully in real life again.
  • From the Cortex MetroLink Station east toward the Grand MetroLink Station, planning and design progress continues in coordination with partners like City Foundry STL and
    the Armory District.

Learn more at