Photo by Jennifer Rich, courtesy of Great Rivers Greenway
Centennial Greenway Trail, a new 2-mile trail along Highway 170, is officially opening on Friday, April 26. The newest addition to the Great Rivers Greenway Trail System connects the communities of Clayton, Ladue, Olivette and University City. The trail runs from Shaw Park north to Olive Boulevard.
To celebrate the opening of the new trail, Great Rivers Greenway is hosting a Party on the Greenway in Shaw Park on April 26, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., inviting all nearby residents and employees along to visit and experience the new trail for the first time.
The event will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will feature free bike rentals, courtesy of Big Shark Bicycle Company, and free pedicab rides. Food trucks, including The Sweet Divine, Seoul Taco and Taste-D-Burger, will be selling a variety of culinary creations. Walgreens will be on hand promoting its new walking program and giving away wellness tools, while Brown Shoe Company will celebrate the greenway near its headquarters by providing special giveaways from its Healthy living shoe brands, including Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl's Shoes and its new Bzees line.
The Arbor Day event, sponsored by Enterprise Holdings, will include the planting of four trees in Shaw Park to symbolize the four communities connected by the greenway – Clayton, Ladue, Olivette and University City. Free saplings will also be given to the first 150 attendees at the event for planting.
The new off-street asphalt trail begins at Highway 170 and Olive Blvd. in Olivette and travels two miles to Shaw Park in Clayton. Along the way, the trail connects pedestrians and cyclists to local companies like Brown Shoe and Enterprise, the Ladue shopping district, the Downtown Clayton business district, the Highway 170 Delmar business district, Clayton High School, and the Clayton Community Center. The trail continues along Highway 170 with signalized crossings at Delmar Blvd. and Ladue Road and connects to existing trails in Shaw Park. The trail connects into the Clayton on-street bike system with on-street bike routes to downtown Clayton and Forest Park. The trail also connects to Olivette's on-street bike system on Old Bonhomme Road with a short distance to University City's Ruth Porter Park.
"We are thrilled that this new trail is creating so many connections and opportunities for residents, employees and local businesses," said Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway. "This two-mile stretch of trail not only serves as a much-needed connection between the communities of Clayton, Ladue, Olivette and University City, but it also improves the quality of life of residents in the area, providing an option for exercising, commuting and connecting to nature."