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.
This paved route follows Gravois Creek as it meanders through portions of south St. Louis County. A spur of the greenway winds through the rolling hills of Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park (formerly Clydesdale County Park).
With more than 500,000 visits to 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 paved route 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 $14 million. The project is being funded through a mix of federal transportation grants, $1 million private grant from the Mysun Foundation, private donations, and Great Rivers Greenway taxpayer funds. At the request of MoDOT, the project has been divided into two phases.
Phase 1 from Orlando’s to Hoffmeister (2,200 feet of greenway & trailhead) opened on June 24, 2018! The new Mysun Charitable Foundation 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.
Phase 2 will make the connection to the River des Peres Greenway. Construction is underway! It is expected to open in Spring 2020, but near historic flooding along the Mississippi River (backing up into the River des Peres ) will likely impact this timeline. Construction near the River des Peres was halted for several weeks but resumed in mid- July 2019. The construction team is investigating options for regaining lost time due to the flooding and lost time along other areas of the trail as a result of persistent amounts of rainfall. A final plan is in the works with hopes that it can be implemented in the coming weeks. Work on the restored wetland and boardwalk near the current endpoint of Gravois Greenway began in July. This section is expected to be complete in December 2019. Stay tuned for any traffic impacts during construction.
Gravois Greenway Open House Archive:
A community open house to share details of phase 2 of the project was held in conjunction with the phase 1 ribbon cutting on June 24, 2018. Click on the link below to view the powerpoint presentation.
A community open house to review plans and get input from citizens was held on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at Orlando’s Event and Conference Center. Fact sheets and presentations available below:
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.