After several months of construction, the Great Rivers Greenway District will reopen the renovated three-mile section of the River des Peres Greenway Trail on Thursday, May 8. The reopened trail stretches from Lansdowne to Gravois.
The trail is now ADA-compliant and wider than the previous trail. It also provides safer access directly into the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink station via an improved crosswalk at Lansdowne Avenue. The district also incorporated many green features into the trail's redesign, including native plantings, bio swales for water management, and a "living wall," located at the intersection of Chippewa and River des Peres Blvd. The living wall has been planted with native grasses that will soon make the wall "disappear" as it creates a habitat for a variety of wildlife. A bicycle education area was also created along the trail as a safe place for families to teach their children how to ride bicycles, properly signal and share the trail with other pedestrians.
The River des Peres Greenway currently stretches 5.5 miles from Lansdowne to Alabama Ave. near I-55. The greenway also links to a one-mile neighborhood connector, the Christy Greenway, which extends north from Germania to Holly Hills Boulevard, where it meets up with the Bike St. Louis system. The one-mile Carondelet Connector, which will link the greenway with Carondelet Park, will officially open in June. Construction is slated to begin in early 2015 on another phase that will extend the River des Peres Greenway from Alabama Avenue to Lemay Park, and then further east to connect with the Mississippi River Greenway near River City Casino. Plans are also moving forward to connect the greenway to the popular Grant's Trail on the Gravois Greenway.
A ribbon cutting celebration is planned for Thursday, May 8, beginning at 5 p.m. The event includes Great Race Competition, which begins at Fortel's Pizza Den in Clayton and ends at the Shrewsbury/Lansdowne MetroLink Station around 5 p.m. The station will feature a Metro Market, including food and retail trucks, upcycling, bike tune-ups, music and giveaways.