The master plan for the Gravois Greenway (commonly known as Grant’s Trail) calls for the expansion of this former railroad corridor from where it currently ends at Orlando’s to connect to the River des Peres Greenway just south of Interstate 55. When complete, it will connect six densely populated municipalities and portions of unincorporated St. Louis County from Kirkwood to the St. Louis City limits near River City Casino. This will also tie together three greenways (Gravois, River des Peres and the Mississippi) making it easier for people to get to school, jobs, parks, recreation, transit and other attractions in a large swath of south St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis.
Eight miles of Grant’s Trail forms the backbone of the Gravois Greenway. It follows Gravois Creek as it meanders through portions of south St. Louis County. There is a .6 mile spur of the greenway that winds through Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park (formerly Clydesdale County Park) and then reconnects with the main line trail.
With more than 560,000 people using the greenway each year, the extension to connect to the River des Peres Greenway is a high priority connection in the River Ring. The project will extend the existing eight miles of Grant’s Trail (paved) from Orlando’s to the River des Peres Greenway along the I-55 right-of-way.
To make this connection a reality, it will require two bridges and an underpass for an estimated cost of $11.1 million. We are working to leverage grants and private donations to fund the entire project. We have already been approved for $2.6 million in Transportation Alternative Program funding from East West Gateway and a $1 million private grant from the Mysun Foundation.
At the request of MoDOT, the project has been divided into two phases. Phase 1 is from Orlando’s to Hoffmeister (2,200 feet of greenway & trailhead) and is being funded without federal dollars. Construction on phase 1 is underway. The trailhead at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center on Hoffmeister is closed throughout construction. You are unable to enter or exit the greenway at this location. Click here for more information about the project and alternate parking locations.
Phase 2 will pick up at Hoffmeister and make the connection to the River des Peres Greenway and will be partially funded by federal dollars. Designs will be completed later this year, and we hope to bid in Fall 2018. In the meantime, we will continue to seek additional funding opportunities as we work towards final construction documents.
A ribbon cutting to celebrate the new trailhead and first stretch of greenway is planned for June 24, 2018 from 2-4 pm. Come see the improvements for yourself and learn more about the next phase of this eagerly anticipated connection! We hope you can join us!
Gravois Greenway Open House Archive:
A community open house to review the latest plans and get input from citizens was held on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center. We had a great crowd and gathered important feedback!
Click here to view or download the PDF of the fact sheet about this project.
Click here to view or download a PDF of the presentation given at the Open House.
Click here to view or download a PDF of the display boards shown at the Open House.