Chouteau Greenway Master Plan

Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway

Stoss Landscape Urbanism Team selected by Chouteau Greenway Competition Jury
(click link above for full announcement, including the list of 12 entities that make up the Stoss team – 6 local to St. Louis and 6 national)

Read the full jury report here.

The jury evaluated the concepts how they address the Design and Community Goals based upon:

The Design Competition

Great Rivers Greenway, along with many partners, is holding a design competition to envision the CHOUTEAU GREENWAY – a transformational project to connect Forest Park to the Arch, with spurs north and south to connect our city’s vibrant neighborhoods, parks, business and arts districts, employment centers, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions together.

Community members, partners and designers will envision the Chouteau Greenway through a design competition. Many partners have come together to create this opportunity to collaborate, setting Design and Community Goals for design teams to guide the competition.

Teams from across the globe submitted their qualifications and the competition jury selected four teams (full press release here). Explore this stage of the competition – see a list of who submitted, the four team’s proposals, the jury’s report, etc by clicking right here.

Meanwhile, Great Rivers Greenway and partners did community outreach to understand the wants and needs of residents. From digital outreach to neighborhood meetings, a listening tour to pop up events, mailings and more, 2,062 people contributed ideas through the survey, plus a Community Advisory Committee was formed to help create a set of community goals for the design teams to follow. The teams came to town January 4th for a full briefing day, including a tour, and an event in the evening to meet the community. A crowd of 300+ people came to learn more about the projects at a “Meet the Designers Night.”

Photos from the Meet the Designers Night:

Members of the public also had the chance to learn about the project on January 6th during a Chouteau Greenway Community Day at Harris-Stowe State University. The event, which also featured a variety of fun family activities, provided attendees with the chance to interact with design team members while getting to know more about the competition.

Photos from the Chouteau Greenway Community Day:

The Design Teams

Great Rivers Greenway and partners received a total of 19 team qualifications submittals for the first stage of the competition. A total of 124 firms from seven countries and 13 U.S. states made up the team submissions, with 44 of the firms being local to the St. Louis region. Learn more about the chosen teams here.

The Design & Community Goals

The Chouteau Greenway will provide a critical link between two of the city’s greatest assets: Forest Park and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch). The Chouteau Greenway is envisioned to be a vibrant corridor, dense with experiential opportunities, that leverages community, institutional, and private assets in creating a unique piece of urban infrastructure. As the “backbone” of the central city area, it will provide junctures for other connections to communities, institutions, and natural resources in and around the core of St. Louis.

Learn about the Design and Community Goals that the greenway will embrace in its conception and execution.

Design Competition Timeline

The teams are working on conceptual designs for the next few months, getting feedback along the way from our Technical Advisory Group. The four designs will be displayed around town (and online) for community input April 6-20, 2018. Stay tuned to learn how you can give input in April!

Where will this greenway go?

The partners studied existing plans and those in the works, gathered feedback from the community about where they want to go, and created a comprehensive map. We believe strongly in partnership and making sure our work is done within the context of everything else going on in a project area. This diagram, called an armature, shows some of the possible routes where the greenway may go. The design teams can choose to explore some or all of those possibilities, it is not an assignment, but rather a framework to illustrate what people want and need, and to inspire what is possible.

Plans incorporated into this armature are drawn from all kinds of data. Click here for some examples. Learn more about some of the pieces shown on the diagram above:

Current Status

Boyle Avenue to Sarah Avenue
The St. Louis region was awarded a $10.3 million US Department of Transportation TIGER grant (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) to construct a new MetroLink light rail station along with the first segment of Chouteau Greenway so employees and visitors can walk or ride bikes to connect with the Cortex Innovation Community. Construction began in June 2017 and is nearly complete. While MetroLink trains are using the new tracks, the station is not open for passengers. Stay tuned for details on a ribbon cutting in summer 2018!

As a primary partner on the TIGER grant application, Great Rivers Greenway is overseeing the developing of the first segment of the Chouteau Greenway between Boyle and Sarah Avenues as part of the project.

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History of the Chouteau Greenway Project

Early concepts for Chouteau Greenway predate the formation of Great Rivers Greenway. Plans for Chouteau Lake on the southern edge of Downtown St. Louis began taking shape in 1999, under the visionary leadership of McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS). Subsequently, the Chouteau Lake & Greenway Initiative was founded in the early 2000s and MBS engaged the HOK Planning Group, URS, ABNA, Bryan Cave LLP, Development Strategies, Great Rivers Greenway and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop the Chouteau Lake & Greenway Master Plan.

The team’s major green infrastructure Master Plan was conceived to connect parks and public spaces via a system of urban lakes, wetlands and trails through the St. Louis urban core. It was designed to provide recreational access and transportation alternatives for regional residents, stormwater mitigation, brownfield remediation, and to stimulate private development of adjacent land, neighborhoods, and commercial zones. The Chouteau Lake & Greenway Master Plan sought to link the emerging St. Louis regional greenways system with environmental restoration and the economic revitalization of the City’s central corridor.

A coalition of civic leaders in Missouri and Illinois, including elected officials, institutional leaders, philanthropists and others joined to support the creation of a national model for 21st century urban revitalization and environmental impact. Corporate sponsors and institutions including AT&T, Civic Progress Downtown Now, A. G. Edwards, Edward Jones, Nestle‐Purina, Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Washington University, Saint Louis University, Sigma‐Aldrich, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation, made significant financial contributions to underwrite the transformative initiative.

Now, leveraging the vision, research and diligence of that original effort, civic leaders from the region are excited to take that plan to the next level through the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition. Stay tuned for updates by signing up for our monthly email newsletter.