ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The Gateway Arch renovations are officially underway. The National Park Service broke ground on renovations to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Grounds under the arch.
The primary goal is to connect the city to the arch grounds without the barriers of roads, making the grounds more accessible. The renovated grounds will include new pathways, ponds, 800 London plane trees and other landscaping improvements.
“In total, this project will receive more than $250 million in private funding—the largest private investment in a park since the renovation of the Statue of Liberty in Ellis Island,” said Maggie Hales, Executive Director of City Arch River.
The project is expected to be completed next year, in time for the 50th anniversary of the Gateway Arch.