A new section of the Mississippi River Greenway connects Jefferson Barracks County Park to River Des Peres.Courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway
A new stretch of the Mississippi River Greenway is opening on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a ribbon-cutting event and a special walk honoring the country's heroes.
The 1.8-mile greenway trail follows the Mississippi River, connecting Jefferson Barracks County Park to River City Casino, according to Great Rivers Greenway, an organization developing an interconnected system of trails and greenways in the region. The plan is to eventually connect the northern section of trail with the River Des Peres Greenway and Grant's Trail.
The already widely used 12-foot-wide asphalt trail provides recreational opportunities along the Mississippi River and historic interpretation of the sites within Jefferson Barracks County Park. Additionally, it will provide accessibility for persons with disabilities, including the injured veterans at Jefferson Barracks Veterans' Hospital, giving them a safe and stable path to explore the grounds along the river.
The ribbon-cutting will commence at 9 a.m. in Jefferson Barracks County Park (345 North RoadSt. Louis, Mo., 63125). Look for the ceremony near the trailhead at the intersection of Gark and Bagby roads. The Freedom River Walk will begin following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. This commemorative walk honors those who served and sacrificed following the attacks on Sept. 11.From the calendar