The Metropolitan Branch Trail in Washington D.C. (Photo credit to Mixed Ginger)
Several businesses, nonprofits, and universities came together in 2017 to collaborate on a trail project that will greatly improve access in the downtown St. Louis area. The exact path of the Chouteau Greenway trail(s) has yet to be officially declared. It is likely to go from Forest Park, through the heart of the city, all the way to the Arch. This project is going to greatly improve access, sustainability, and health while fostering a greater sense of pride and community. While the metro is a green solution for some parts of the city, it is only one tool in St. Louis’ fairly empty tool box. With this trail all walks of life can actively commute to work and play areas.
The downtown area has begun to improve over the years and become more of a destination, but the issue with it is just that, it is a destination for the suburbs. With the trail there will be a greater incentive for people to migrate back into the city, because being able to walk, run, skate, or bike to work not only is green, healthy, and quick but it is also trendy.
Great Rivers Greenway is the nonprofit that is spear heading this effort, in addition to putting a number of other trails throughout the city, and has currently narrowed down the 124 proposals down to a final 4. Throughout the whole process Great Rivers Greenway and its partners have put effort into hearing community voices. You can be more a part of the community by getting involved in this thoughtful and needed project. The next input period will be in April, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
If you’re interested in the economic, health, and community benefits of trails I suggest clicking through this website. I’ll warn you now though that it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole and lose a day.
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