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PHOTO: A Monarch butterfly along the River des Peres Greenway 
BY: Nancy Winkelmann

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CityArchRiver 2015 Updates

National Park Service Solicits Proposals for North Gateway Park Component of CityArchRiver 2015 Project

The National Park Service has issued a solicitation for proposals for construction of the North Gateway of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The North Gateway is part of the CityArchRiver 2015 Project that is revitalizing the Gateway Arch grounds and its surroundings. A meeting was held on Tuesday, September 30th at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark to provide interested bidders with project specifics, information about preparing and submitting proposals, and a tour of the project area.

For a list of attendees at the September 30th meeting, click here.

More details on the project and instructions on how to submit a proposal can be found at

Responses are due October 22, 2014, 4:00 pm, Mountain Daylight Time.

District News

    Bike St. Louis Phase III Construction Hits the Halfway Mark!

    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!


    Plans for St. Vincent Greenway in Pagedale and Wellston are Ready to Go!

    Come see the new route at the Beyond Housing Community Health Fair October 25th

    Over the past several months, we have been working with Beyond Housing to gather input from residents, businesses and other stakeholders in Wellston and Pagedale to help guide us as we create the route for the St. Vincent Greenway between the MET Center to the existing trail in St. Vincent County Park.


    Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis Announce Bike St. Louis Phase III Construction Underway

    Crews creating 40 new miles of street routes for bikes and upgrading 60 miles of existing network

    Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis are pleased to announce that Bike St. Louis Phase III construction is underway. In early September, crews began to add an additional 40 miles of street routes for bicycles and upgrade 60 miles of the existing Bike St. Louis network.


    CityArchRiver Construction Progress Continues

    Updated Schedule and Details on Visitor Experience during Construction.

    Partner organizations coordinating the CityArchRiver project, a transformational renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds and its surroundings, released an updated construction schedule today that outlines tentative dates for the start and completion of remaining project components.


    Sixth Annual River des Peres Trash Bash Scheduled for October 18th

    Last year's volunteers cleared eight tons of debris from rivers and creeks within the River des Peres Watershed in under four hours.

    Great Rivers Greenway District, in partnership with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, Missouri Stream Team, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, and Saint Louis Forward is inviting area residents to join them in their fight to clean up the rivers and creeks within the River des Peres watershed.


    Improvements to North Riverfront Trail and St. Vincent Greenway

    Coordinated Cleanup Effort and New Trail Monitor Program Launched in June

    If you’ve walked or cycled along the North Riverfront Trail recently, you may have noticed improved trail conditions. After a long cold winter, we’ve been hard at work cleaning up debris and clearing out overgrown trees and shrubbery


    New Connector Trail Provides Safe, Easy Access From the River des Peres Greenway to Loughborough Commons and Carondelet Park

    Great Rivers Greenway to hold ribbon cutting June 7 to celebrate the opening of the Carondelet Connector

    Residents of the region will soon have a safer, off-road trail that connects the River des Peres Greenway, the stores and restaurants of Loughborough Commons and surrounding neighborhoods to Carondelet Park.


    St. Louis Area Residents Invited to Attend Bike Share Open House on Wednesday, May 14th

    Great Rivers Greenway seeking input and feedback for St. Louis Bike Share Feasibility Study

    The Great Rivers Greenway District, along with partners at St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Metro and others, are leading a study to determine whether or not a bike sharing system is financially and operationally feasible in the St. Louis region.


    Newly Renovated River des Peres Greenway Trail Provides Safe Connections for Residents in St. Louis City and St. Louis County

    Three miles of improved trail to open May 8 with CMT Metro Market celebration at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station.

    Residents of the region who have come to rely on the River des Peres Greenway for recreation and commuting can once again travel the full length of this popular trail.


    New Dardenne Greenway Trail Provides 1.5 Miles of Safe and Accessible Connections for Residents and Students in St. Charles County

    Trail to open May 6th with celebration at St. Charles Community College

    St. Charles area residents, students and employees now have safe and convenient access to parks, recreation, and a nearby college thanks to a new 1.5-mile trail in Great Rivers Greenway’s trail system. The new Dardenne Greenway Trail at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville is set to officially open on Tuesday, May 6, and will link together two existing sections of the Dardenne Greenway in Cottleville and St. Peters, as well as multiple existing trails in nearby parks—creating nearly five miles of continuous connectivity.


    Audubon Center at Riverlands, 301 Riverlands Way, Map
    Greenway Network is sponsoring their annual watershed conservation conference, River Soundings 2014. River Soundings will highlight river restorat...
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    St. Vincent Community Center, St. Vincent Park, 73 Map
    A fun run/walk, health festival, and Red Ribbon Week Celebration The 5K and Health Festival are both free and open to the public. Registration...
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    Sign up for a guided walk on the Katy Trail with professional naturalists from Missouri State Parks.In addition to a beautiful walk on one of Missouri...
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    This year, St. Louis marks its 250th Anniversary and the Missouri Stream Team celebrates its 25th year.The River des Peres Watershed Coalition is comm...
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    11/9/2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue Map
    Don't miss out on the 9th Annual Cranksgiving Bike Ride & Food Drive to benefit Food Outreach. Pump up your bike tires and choose from the 5, 10,...
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    11/13/2014 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    St. Louis Public Library, North Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO Map
    Since early 2014, Great Rivers Greenway, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Metro and other partners have been studying the financial and operational f...
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    Bluebird Park, Ellisville, MO Map
    Join the Open Space Councilfor an invasive honeysuckle removal at Bluebird Park in Ellisville.All ages welcome at this event, but registration is requ...
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    MoDOT Transportation Management Center Map
    November 19: "E-bikes, Electric Assist Bikes and Transportation Policy" The Great Rivers Greenway District in partnership with the Missouri Departmen...
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    Trail Updates

    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 ( 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

    Biddle Street Parking Lot
    The Biddle Street parking lot has several parking spots blocked due to work on an underground pipe. The repair is expected to be complete by mid-November.

    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 beginning Monday, March 11 until construction on the bridge is complete in late 2015.  
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    Sunset Greenway Trail closed in Sunset Park, along Missouri River
    A portion of the Sunset Riverfront Trail in Florissant's Sunset Park is closed until further notice for repairs. The section of trail, located northwest of the Sunset Nature Lodge along the Missouri River in Florissant, will undergo construction for repairs in 2014. The District is working in partnership with the City of Florissant to assess the trail at this time. Trail users may alternately access the trail from the lower parking lot on the Sunset Park Drive loop, west of the Sunset Nature Lodge. 
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