Chouteau Greenway designers looking for your input -

Chouteau Greenway designers looking for your input

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Rendering of Chouteau Greenway (Credit: Great Rivers Greenway) Rendering of Chouteau Greenway (Credit: Great Rivers Greenway)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

You can help design the Chouteau Greenway, a project that will connect Washington University and Forest Park to downtown and the Gateway Arch.

“We want it to be truly transformational for the city,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway.

On Thursday night, a packed room got a chance to meet the designers and tell them what they hope to see. The project, spearheaded by Great Rivers Greenway, started with an international design competition. Since then, a jury narrowed down the design teams to four finalists, based on their qualifications.

Now, those teams will be in St. Louis to hear from locals. They know the goal is to build a trail system that’s green and connects users to various experiences, so they can walk, ride, or roll from Forest Park all the way to the Arch without having to be in the street.

What exactly that looks like and what those experiences could entail is up to public input and the designers’ visions.

“People want really interactive experiences. They want art, of all kinds. Music, theater, drama, sculpture, from local to international artists. They want to see all kinds of experiences. They want the project to represent culture and history,” said Trautman.

Project leaders say the designs will be presented at the beginning of April, with another set of public meetings to view the designs. The winner will be picked by July.

Realistically, Trautman says it could take three to five years for the Chouteau Greenway to be complete. A mix of private and public funding, including grants and gifts, could be needed to subsidize the project.

There is another opportunity to meet the designs on Saturday January 6 from 9am-12 at Harris Stowe University. 

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