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 first phase of the greenway was completed in 2019 in Bella Fontaine County Park. This phase will link the Ted Jones Trail to West Florissant Avenue through Ferguson. It will make it possible for people to connect to neighborhoods, businesses, schools and parks via a paved, accessible greenway rather than navigating a narrow shoulder along a busy roadway.
This 1.5 mile stretch of the Maline Greenway will link the Ted Jones Trail to Forestwood Park and then on to West Florissant Avenue. By connecting to the Ted Jones Trail, it also opens up a connection to the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus and the St. Vincent Greenway. From the Ted Jones Trial northern trailhead, the Maline Greenway will run eastward along Paul Ave and Elizabeth Ave before turning southeast on Ferguson Ave and connecting into Forestwood Park. The greenway winds through the southern side of the park and connects into the Lang Royce neighborhood along Maline Creek before ending at a new trailhead located on West Florissant Ave.
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.