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PHOTO: A Monarch butterfly along the River des Peres Greenway
BY: Nancy Winkelmann
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New trails, bike routes and plans for future connections!
What a busy fall! Our project managers, staff and partners from across the region have been hard at work on a variety of projects that are making St. Louis an even better place to live. Here’s a quick update from around the greenways:
Walkers and cyclists can once again enjoy beautiful views overlooking the Missouri River.
The Sunset Greenway in Florissant has been officially re-opened for people to explore and enjoy. In June 2013, an 80-foot section of the trail in Sunset Park collapsed, making a portion of the trail impassible.
Gateway Arch parking garage to close permanently December 1; Arch will remain open to visitors.
The National Park Service announced today that Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. of Arnold, Missouri was awarded a $10.27 million contract to complete the North Gateway component of the CityArchRiver project.
Citizen Input Welcome at November 13th Bike Share Open House
Great Rivers Greenway is offering area residents a final opportunity to weigh in on the feasibility of a Bike Share system in St. Louis at an open house scheduled for Thursday, November 13th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Schlafly Branch Library. (225 North Euclid Ave. at Lindell Blvd.)
Community feedback shapes route for vital greenway connection linking Forest Park to University of Missouri -St. Louis
For more than six months, Great Rivers Greenway has been working with Beyond Housing and Forum Studio to gather community feedback to develop the route for the St. Vincent Greenway through Wellston and Pagedale. This new, two- mile section will connect the existing segments to the north and south; making it possible to walk or bike all the way from Forest Park to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Annual cleanup helps maintain health of St. Louis waterways.
On October 18th, a record breaking 300 volunteers joined forces for the 6th Annual River des Peres Trash Bash. In less than four hours, the hardworking crew removed an incredible amount of trash, scrap metal and tires from rivers and creeks in the River des Peres Watershed. The final tally included 4.2 tons of trash, 1000 pounds of scrap metal and more than 100 tires!
In early September, crews began adding an
additional 40 miles of street routes for bicycles and upgrading 60 miles
of the existing Bike St. Louis network. On October 16, the project hit the halfway mark with 50 miles done!
Our trails are managed by the municipalities in which they are built. Please report any trail issues to the appropriate municipality first, but please also send us information (email@example.com) so that we can advise trail users on the site as well.
Water and flooding conditions can change rapidly along our region's rivers and streams. Trail conditions can change suddenly. With high river levels, many of our greenways may be partially or completely underwater. Avoid water at all times for your safety. Report greenway conditions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Busch Greenway - Missouri Research Park Trail
Use caution when crossing the bridge closest to the Katy Trail, logs and debris are causing occasional waterflow across the bridge and as temperatures drop, ice could form. We are working with partners to address the issue as soon as possible, but please be careful on this section of trail.
Biddle Street Parking Lot
The Biddle Street parking lot has several parking spots blocked due to work on an underground pipe; there is still parking available. Repair is ongoing.
St. Vincent Greenway at Natural Bridge Road
As part of the Natural Bridge Great Streets Project, be advised of construction - the trail is closed currently at Natural Bridge and University Place. For more information on the Great Streets Project, click here.
UMSL Cross Campus Connector of St. Vincent Greenway
The University of Missouri-St. Louis cross campus connector of the St. Vincent Greenway trail will be closed beginning May 5th, 2014 for construction of the new Recreation and Wellness Center. The trail is expected to be closed for approximately six months.
Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail Construction
The Monarch Levee Trail in Chesterfield Valley will be closed under the I-64 at the Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge until construction on the bridge is complete in late 2015.
Sunset Greenway Trail NOW OPEN in Sunset Park, along Missouri River
The portion of the Sunset Riverfront Trail in Florissant's Sunset Park that was closed is now open for you to explore and enjoy! Read more.