Archive for July, 2011

Tour the Iron Horse Trestle and Learn More About Reconnecting ONSL with the Mississippi River

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Illinois Terminal Railroad Trestle (STL Post Dispatch Image)

Although City to River has become associated with our advocacy and vision for downtown St. Louis, our mission remains

to improve the quality of life of the St.
Louis region by reconnecting its urban core to the Mississippi River through
the implementation of physical improvements and sustainable programs

In these efforts we are also devoting attention to improving connections between the North Riverfront and adjacent neighborhoods. City to River is pleased to announce that our associates at City Affair have put together a picnic event on Thursday, July 7th focusing on initiatives to reconnect the Mississippi River with St. Louis City.

The centerpiece of the event will be a walking tour of the Iron Horse Trestle, the electric rail viaduct slated to become the third elevated linear park in the world. In order to realize this vision and put St. Louis alongside Paris and New York Great Rivers Greenway faces significant challenges. Todd Antoine, Deputy Director of Planning for GRG, will discuss how they plan to connect downtown, Columbus Square, and Old North St. Louis to the Riverfront Trail.

Phil Valko, Active Living Program Manager at Trailnet, will discuss plans to rebuild Branch Street as a seamless at-grade connector between Old North St. Louis and Hyde Park and the Riverfront. City to River has previously mentioned community input sessions for the project, and we continue to offer assistance as the project progresses.

Jennifer Allen, Program Coordinator for Trailnet, will address St. Louis Development Corporation’s RFP (Request for Proposals) for 3,000 acres of the North Riverfront of St. Louis. This area represents over 1/3 of the entire Mississippi River riverfront and the $800,000 study will likely chart the course of development for the next generation. NextSTL has suggested setting aside 1% of the total study area for pedestrians and recreation, but an even larger portion would bring larger dividends for both residents and tourists.

A seamless connection between neighborhoods and the Mississippi

For more information on the picnic please see the City Affair Website or their Facebook Page

As a reminder, you can follow City to River on Twitter for updates on our work reconnecting St. Louis with its waterfront.