By Summer, the City’s Landmark Could Become Gateway Arch National Park

By on January 9, 2018

From St. Louis Public Radio:  The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial could soon have a new name.

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to change its name to Gateway Arch National Park, which proponents say would better reflect the Arch, its famous centerpiece.

U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill sponsored the bill, which only addresses the national park’s name. U.S. Reps. Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer have sponsored similar legislation in the House.

If that measure passes, the name change would take effect when the renovated Arch grounds reopens in July.

The name change makes sense because the public already associates the national park with the Arch, said Ryan McClure, director of communications for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation.

“The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial name is not well known by the public and by visitors,” McClure said. “The name change to Gateway Arch National Park makes sense and the timing is right.”

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