Making of a Greenway

Get to know the project and the process

Making of a Greenway: Project & Process

This is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life. The mission/vision statement explains, “This greenway will transform St. Louis by connecting people and our City’s most treasured places, creating inspiring experiences and equitable opportunities for growth.” More than just a free, accessible trail where people can exercise, commute or explore, the project’s goals include thinking about equitable economic opportunities for everyone to thrive. The greenway aims to create dynamic, active spaces and serve as a regional gathering place that encourages collaboration and boosts civic pride.

As you check out the Framework Plan materials, please remember:

  • This is a conceptual plan, all images are draft ideas to illustrate the ways this project could come to life. All proposed conditions imagery is copyright of Stoss.

December 2019 Project Update – Making of a Greenway: 

Full Framework Planning document:

(to download or print this plan, please contact Great Rivers Greenway at

Appendix Documents:
Appendix to Framework Plan
Engagement Report
Discovery Reports

“Chouteau” Greenway’s first project: 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 this greenway so employees and visitors can walk or ride bikes to connect with the Cortex Innovation Community. Construction began in June 2017 and the station and greenway opened in July 2018.

Review the process thus far:

  • Late 1990s/Early 2000s Many partners create a conceptual plan to connect Forest Park to the Arch. 
  • September 2017 – Began community engagement 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.
  • November 2017 – 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.
  • November 2017 – The jury selected 4 of the 19 teams to advance. Recap here.
  • January 2018 – Two community events kicked off the competition for the four teams. Read more, watch video, see photos.
  • January 2018 – The design teams got a full briefing and were officially challenged to come up with ideas to address the geography below in the context of the Design and Community Goals.
  • April 2018 – Meet the concepts that were submitted: exhibit boards, full design reports People gave feedback online, through exhibits all over town and attended or watched the livestream of the presentations from the teams to the jury.
  • April 2018 – The jury deliberated and selected the Stoss Landscape Urbanism team, made up of 12 entities (6 local to St. Louis, 6 national). Read the full press release AND their jury report!
  • May 2018 – The Design Competition jury selected the STOSS Landscape Urbanism team, comprised of six local and six national entities.
  • July 2018  – To help ensure that the greenway is representative of the community and welcoming to all visitors, Great Rivers Greenway, with the support of the Whitaker Foundation, has assembled a new Artists of Color Council. Made up of visual, literary and performing artists, this council will provide guidance to design, promote and implement art and engagement opportunities within the greenway area.
  • Fall 2018 – Work to refine the concept continues while engagement evolves. The Community Advisory Committee, Design Oversight Committee and Technical Advisory Committee, tools of the competition, are finished. Some of those members and many new faces are recruited to join a Steering Committee and Working Groups, blending a variety of voices into groups focused on design, routes, economics, equity and governance.
  • February 2019 – On February 5, 2019, we welcomed more than 300 people to our Community Update, which included a presentation, more than 25 other partners with tables and engagement activities and a series of  display boards to update everyone. Event and digital interactive mapping activities gathered input from participants.
  • Spring/Summer 2019 – The Steering Committee and Working Groups guide the team through the creation of a Framework Plan, creating a platform for the project before any designs for any segments begin, addressing design choices including art, amenities, ecology and more, route options and criteria for selection, economic opportunities, governance models and equity considerations. Stakeholder engagement with elected officials, neighborhood leaders and other institutions continues.