Work towards the Meramec Greenway Master plan began more than 30 years ago with a collective goal of preserving open space and building trails so people could explore and enjoy this beautiful river corridor. Great Rivers Greenway is working in partnership with the Meramec River Recreation Association, St. Louis County Department of Parks, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation and various municipalities in St. Louis County to advance the plan.
In 2002, Great Rivers Greenway District’s board of directors approved the Meramec River Greenway Concept Plan. This calls for a greenway stretching 50 river miles from the Meramec’s confluence with the Mississippi River to the City of Pacific.
In addition to working with partners to develop and extend the greenway for public enjoyment, Great Rivers Greenway has acquired more than 288 acres of land within the Meramec River corridor.
Beginning with the westernmost section, The Meramec Greenway (paved) crosses under Highway 44 near the City of Eureka and extends 1.5 miles between Lions Park and Route 66 State Park. To the east, the greenway stretches along the river between Glencoe and Sherman Beach Park (gravel). This section also includes the Rock Hollow Trail (paved) that spurs off to Ridge Road. Further east, the greenway (paved) meanders through the trees along the banks of the river; linking Arnold’s Grove Park in Valley Park to Simpson Park and Greentree Park in Kirkwood. On the south and west side of the river, the greenway connects Unger Park to Fenton City Park and George Winter Park. In Lower Meramec Park, the greenway meanders for 1.94 miles along the Meramec River bottomland (paved).
Projects In Progress
The Missouri Department of Transportation is constructing new I-44 bridges over the Meramec River, west of Highway 270. Great Rivers Greenway has committed funding along with the Cities of Fenton, Kirkwood and Sunset Hills towards the construction of a pedestrian bridge that will be built on the north side of the new westbound bridge.
Great Rivers Greenway is part of a steering group that is undertaking fundraising efforts to preserve and renew this historic structure as part of the Meramec Greenway.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is constructing new I-44 bridges over the Meramec River, west of Highway 270. Great Rivers Greenway has committed funding along with the Cities of Fenton, Kirkwood and Sunset Hills towards the construction of a pedestrian bridge that will be built on the north side of the new westbound bridge. It will connect Stoneywood Drive to the Meramec Greenway near Yarnell Road, making it possible for people to walk, ride a bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair to connect to parks, businesses and neighborhoods on both sides of the river. The first phase of the project will be the construction of the new westbound bridge between the existing westbound and eastbound bridges. The bridges are expected to be complete in 2021. Stay tuned for updates on the pedestrian bridge!