Chouteau Greenway Project Aims to Knit St. Louis Neighborhoods Together – North, South, East and West

By on February 5, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Eight months after picking the lead designer of the Chouteau Greenway, backers of the planned bike and pedestrian trail are closer to deciding how it will connect Forest Park and the St. Louis riverfront.

A sliver of the greenway already exists along the north side of the Cortex MetroLink station that opened in July. Susan Trautman, chief executive of Great Rivers Greenway — the public agency that develops the region’s pedestrian-bicycle trails — said the Cortex bit is just the start of the Chouteau Greenway project, which will connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch and could grow to 15 miles of paths, including one north to Fairground Park and another south to Tower Grove Park.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism, which in May won the project’s design competition, got the job in part because it proposed to knit together neighborhoods with spurs running north and south from the main route linking Forest Park and the riverfront.

Trautman said greenway planners will listen to “voices from all neighborhoods in the city” in deciding project details. Construction will be done in segments — or labs, as Great Rivers puts it — with nothing built before hearing from residents, she said.

A public presentation of current Chouteau Greenway planning is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Local 36 Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall, 2319 Chouteau Avenue in St. Louis.

Great Rivers estimates that when fully built, the Chouteau Greenway will have cost $250 million to design, engineer and construct, including $75 million in “special projects” that could include artwork. The preliminary figures are based on the costs of other greenway projects. Great Rivers plans to have actual cost estimates when Chouteau Greenway planning is completed this summer.

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