The master plan for the seven mile Maline Greenway is an east-west link between the Mississippi Greenway (sometimes called the Riverfront Trail) and the St. Vincent Greenway in North St. Louis County. The greenway passes though the cities of Berkeley, Kinloch, Ferguson, Jennings, Moline Acres, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Riverview, and the City of St. Louis as well as unincorporated St. Louis County. Approximately 70,000 people reside in this greenway corridor that will eventually connect more than 350 acres of park land.
Construction of three replacement bridges, new and refurbished trails, and an accessible underpass beneath Lewis & Clark Boulevard was completed in Bella Fontaine County Park in May 2019.
We are working with the City of Ferguson and St. Louis County to plan, design and construct a new segment of the Maline Greenway from the Ted Jones Trail to West Florissant Avenue. The goal is to create a paved greenway that will create an accessible connection through the City of Ferguson including improvements to existing sidewalks and street crossings.
This stretch of the Maline Greenway will connect the Ted Jones Trail which begins at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ campus and ends near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and Short Avenue. From there, the greenway will travel along Paul Avenue and Ferguson Avenue to Forestwood Park, then continue on through the Park, re-constructing a segment of the existing loop trail within the park and finally continuing on to West Florissant Avenue.
When complete, it will connect residential and commercial areas as well as MetroTransit service along West Florissant Avenue. The new greenway will also provide improved access for people walking and riding bikes between the businesses along Florissant Road and West Florissant Avenue- both important town centers and shopping and dining destinations. Click here for some frequently asked questions (and answers!) about the Maline Greenway.
The project was awarded $2 million in federal Surface Transportation Program funds in 2019 that will be used for constructing this long-awaited connection through Ferguson.
As the design moves forward in 2020 and 2021, we will be reaching out to community members to share updates periodically and gather feedback from select focus groups. There is still plenty of design work to be completed before the federal funds are made available to us in October of 2022. Construction is slated to begin in late 2022.