Washington University a Partner in Chouteau Greenway Development

By on October 12, 2017

Washington University in St. Louis is participating in a major public-private partnership that aims to connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch grounds. The scenic conduit — dubbed the Chouteau Greenway — likely will stretch five to seven miles and connect neighborhoods, parks, large employers, transit, and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

The photo shows the area from Forest Park to the Gateway Arch, parts of which will become the Chouteau Greenway. Washington University is participating in a public-private partnership behind the effort.

More specifically, the project will link Washington University’s Danforth Campus and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Campus, the Cortex Innovation Community, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, midtown, downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi riverfront.

Steering the effort is the Great Rivers Greenway, a regional public agency that works to build a network of parks and open spaces linked together by greenways. The network, supporters say, strengthens the region’s social, economic and environmental well-being and connects people to their rivers, parks and communities.

“Once finished, the greenway not only will enliven the campuses and institutions along the route, but also serve as a central spine connecting neighborhoods north and south with an amazing recreational and commuter amenity,” said Brian K. Phillips, executive director of Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corp. — a partnership between the School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare and a partner in the greenway project.

“Successful cities around the world not only have great assets, they have great ways to connect those assets,” said Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration at Washington University. “This project celebrates St. Louis’ many vibrant neighborhoods and great cultural and recreational assets while also doing the hard work of strengthening needed connections.”

Much of what the Chouteau Greenway will look like will be determined in an international design competition. The process will be led by architect Donald J. Stastny, who managed the design competition for the CityArchRiver project. To be considered, interested design teams are invited to submit their qualifications by Nov. 21. The competition manual can be downloaded at www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

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