Centennial Greenway: Connections to Schaefer Park & Spencer Creek Trail

St. Charles County

Project Overview:

The goal of this project is to extend the existing Centennial Greenway: Katy Trail to Heritage Museum in St. Charles County to Schaefer Park and  the new paved walking and biking path on McClay Rd. that connects to the Spencer Creek Trail.  This will make it  it possible to walk or ride a bike on dedicated walking and biking paths all the way from the St. Peters Rec-Plex to the Katy Trail.

Project Location:

The Centennial Greenway in St. Charles currently extends from the Katy Trail to St. Charles Heritage Museum with a spur over Highways 364 and 94 to Christy Drive and Old Highway 94. This project will be built parallel to the north side of Old Highway 94.

Project Partners:

  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • City of St. Charles
  • City of St. Peters

Project Status

Thanks to the community and our partners at the City of St. Charles and St. Peters, we are breaking ground on the next phase of the Centennial Greenway in mid- April!  While we are only building two greenway segments—less than a mile in total—these two connections are powerful! They will extend the greenway and link existing trails so you can walk or ride bikes on dedicated walking and biking paths all the way from the St. Peters Rec-Plex to the Katy Trail (via Hemsath Road) as well as other parks, neighborhoods, libraries, schools and businesses along the way. Construction is expected to continue through fall and winter 2022. (Keep in mind that the weather will impact this timeline.)

The Centennial Greenway currently stretches from the Katy Trail (via Hemsath Road to S. River Rd/Arena Parkway), the St. Charles Heritage Museum and north over Highways 364 and 94 to Old Highway 94 near Muegge Rd. Greenway construction will be taking place in two locations; a .16 mile section along Old Highway 94 from Christy Ave. to the paved trail on Hackmann Rd (adjacent to Oakley Park) and a .22 mile section along Old Highway 94 from Hackmann Road to Schaefer Park. We will also add new wayfinding signage to the paved trail along McClay road to the Spencer Creek Trail under construction now (almost finished!) by the City of St. Peters.

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ABOUT THIS PLACE

Did you know that this section of the Centennial Greenway will connect to regionally significant places such as the headwaters of Spencer Creek, an 18th century commons area, and a historic trail? What stories do you know about this place? Share them at www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/ShareYourStory or by calling 314-932-4904.

Natural and built features impact our past, present, and future. Throughout the late 1700s and much of the 1800s, this area was used by French settlers as commons. Outside of the city, this was an area where people chopped wood for fuel and construction and allowed their livestock to graze.

Many modern roads trace trails created by Native American people. The nearby highway was once a trail created by Native Americans. Colonizing settlers began using this trail in the early 1800s to haul salt for preserving meat from a salt lick in central Missouri to St. Charles, and the trail became known as Boone’s Lick Road. 200 years later, Highways 364 and 94 were built on top of the road in this location.

Many greenways trace the waterways that form the foundation of our communities in this region. This section of the Centennial Greenway follows along the headwaters of Spencer Creek. Waterways connect us all, and this creek is tied to the ocean. Spencer Creek flows from its headwaters here to Dardenne Creek into the Mississippi River and out to the Gulf of Mexico.

We all live in a watershed, and this area is a part of the Spencer Creek Watershed. A watershed is like a sink – it is the area of land where all water drains to the same river, creek, or stream. Our actions – like littering trash or picking it up – impact the water quality in our community and downstream.


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