Mississippi Greenway Master Plan

Master Plan

EADS-MISSISSIPPIThe 32 mile Mississippi Greenway (formerly known as the Confluence Greenway) is a major greenway with a master plan to connect with the Missouri Greenway, Maline Greenway, the Trestle, the Arch grounds, Gateway Mall and River des Peres and Meramec Greenways south of downtown St. Louis. To advance this plan, Great Rivers Greenway has invested more than $31 million in land acquisition and greenway construction since 2001.

Projects include the Confluence Point State Park in St. Charles County, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and Riverfront Trail in the City of St. Louis, the McKinley Bridge Bikeway and Branch Street Trestle, and the Trestle in the City of St. Louis.

Current Status Mississippi Greenway North of Downtown:

The Mississippi Greenway: Chouteau Riverfront to Old Chain of Rocks Bridge 12.5-mile (Riverfront Trail) winds through both sides of the flood wall that protects the City of St. Louis and offers views of the working riverfront that even most native St. Louisans have never seen before. The new 1.5 mile extension from Biddle to Chouteau opened in June 2016 and now connects to the new circulation pathways on the Gateway Arch grounds.

Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis are looking at several areas along the greenway that could benefit from design modifications to decrease conflicts between recreational users and vehicles that need access for commerce along the industrial riverfront. Plans for this study are in development.


Future Connections

This new Mississippi Greenway Park Master Plan continues to build on the previous North Riverfront Open Space and Redevelopment Planning effort completed in 2015 (see below). It focuses on the initial park and open space creating the synergy for future development along this important corridor. As concluded in the previous planning effort, the North Riverfront holds tremendous energy – both symbolic and tangible – as a central, visible, and connected site along the region’s main artery.

North Riverfront Open Space and Redevelopment Plan

Great Rivers Greenway has been working in collaboration with the City of St. Louis, Metro, MoDOT, Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association and other stakeholders on various studies to enhance the area known as the North Riverfront. This project area is defined as the St. Louis Riverfront with Eads Bridge on the south, the new Stan Musial/ Veterans Memorial Bridge on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, and Highway I-44 to the west.

The overall goal of the Open Space and Redevelopment Plan is to promote economic revitalization of the North Riverfront by transforming vacant property along the Mississippi River into public parks and recreation amenities as well as encouraging private enterprise.

The Trestle is the 1.5-mile abandoned, elevated rail line (the green painted bridge across Interstate 70). This is a major initiative that costs approximately $60 million to restore the structure, which our taxpayer funding cannot cover alone. We did a feasibility study for a fundraising campaign and the St. Louis donor community was not ready for us to launch a capital campaign to raise the necessary funds. We’re continuing to maintain the structure, but will need a comprehensive partner effort with major private or grant investment to move forward. We look forward to the day we can bring the Trestle to life for the St. Louis community!


Current Status Mississippi Greenway South of Downtown:

The master plan for the southern portion of the Mississippi Greenway extends it nine miles from downtown St. Louis to the River des Peres Greenway and then ten miles further to the Meramec Greenway. Currently, there are two completed greenways along the Mississippi Greenway–Cliff Cave County Park and Jefferson Barracks to River des Peres.

Mississippi Greenway: Jefferson Barracks to River City Casino extends 1.6 miles from the trailhead in Jefferson Barracks Park to the northern edge of the River City Casino Property along the River des Peres. Visitors to Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis County can use this greenway to get an up close view of the Mississippi River, and will eventually be able to walk or ride all the way to Carondelet Park or the Lansdowne-Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

Cliff-Cave-May-22-pictures-041Mississippi Greenway: Cliff Cave County Park is a 4.7 mile loop (paved) nestled in a unique park that gets its name from the cave tucked in the bluffs of south St. Louis County. The park offers hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails as well as picnic areas and shelters.

Future Connections

Mississippi Greenway to River des Peres Greenway:
Construction to extend the Mississippi Greenway from its current endpoint on the River City Casino Property and connect with the River des Peres Greenway is temporarily on hold. The extension of the River des Peres Greenway between Alabama and Broadway is largely complete, but the remainder of the paved route will not be constructed until Metropolitan Sewer District completes repairs and sewer line improvements in this area. We are working with them to coordinate construction so we only build the greenway one time. Stay tuned for additional updates on the timeline for this project!

Cliff Cave Park:

Construction on the extension of the Mississippi Greenway in Cliff Cave County Park is underway!

Construction is underway on a new greenway (paved, ADA accessible) that will connect the existing trail within Cliff Cave Park up the bluff to the scenic overlook, and a neighborhood spur out to Telegraph Road.

Following guidelines provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, all tree removal was conducted while the bats that roost in these trees – including the endangered Indiana Bat – were still hibernating in nearby Cliff Cave (You can learn more about the bats here: www.greatriversgreenway.org/bats). In addition to trees along the greenway path, contractors also removed  invasive plants—including harmful Bush Honeysuckle—that are choking out native plants and other trees within the park. When the project is complete there will be more than a thousand native trees, shrubs, sedges and flowers planted along the trail to restore and boost the native ecology of the greenway.

In July 2017, contractors installed two bridges that will make the park more accessible for everyone. Click here to see timelapse videos of the bridge installation.

Following the review of a safety analysis, project partners are moving forward with a planned neighborhood connection into the park at Telegraph and Erb roads. This connection will allow people to walk, jog, push a stroller, ride a bike or use a wheelchair to access the park without driving a car.

Thanks to everyone who has voiced their support, concerns and perspectives regarding this project. We are grateful for your patience and input and we will continue to provide updates throughout construction. As always, contact us anytime with questions.



Click here to see the safety analysis for the Telegraph and Erb intersection
Click here for the latest update on this project (July 31, 2017)
Click here to see the presentation from our October 13, 2016 Open House
Click here to see the presentation boards from our January 13, 2016 Open House or click here for a recap and update from the open house.

Sister Marie Charles & Bellerive Park:
We have been working with the City of St. Louis to create a connection between Sister Marie Charles and Bellerive Parks. Construction of this connection is substantially complete.