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Key St. Vincent Greenway Segment Underway

Finished trail will run from Forest Park to NorthPark

Joe Edwards provides information about the Loop Trolley Project to visitors. The St. Vincent Greenway will run alongside part of the proposed trolley route. photo by Kholood Eid (click for larger version)
November 02, 2011
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The Great Rivers Greenway District, in partnership with the city of St. Louis, hosted a groundbreaking celebration Oct. 13 for a key segment of the St. Vincent Greenway. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the south end of Porter Park at Delmar Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue.

St. Vincent Greenway, once complete, will run from Forest Park to NorthPark, near I-70 and Hanley Road. This will provide residents with direct access to St. Vincent Park, Engelholm Creek, seven MetroLink stations, the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus, the West End and Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhoods in the city and the St. Louis County communities included in Beyond Housing's 24:1 community building initiative.

To date, 3.8 miles of the eight miles of trail that will make up St. Vincent Greenway have been completed. The new 1.3 mile trail segment is expected to be completed next June.

This extension of the St. Vincent Greenway is anticipated to revise the usage of public right-of-way along Etzel Avenue from Skinker Boulevard eastward to Porter Park, allowing a physical separation of the greenway route from vehicles.

Construction will involve resurfacing the existing sidewalk that runs through Porter Park as a 10-foot-wide paved trail. Porter Park will also see many upgrades, including interpretive signs prepared by the Missouri History Museum, sculptures by local artists Robert Tebogo Schultz and Thomas Sleet, and benches and trash receptacles welded by four neighborhood young people.

Attendees of the groundbreaking were able to view progress displays and plans for the remainder of St. Vincent Greenway, including the extension from Porter Park to Forest Park.

Once the Loop Trolley is constructed, the greenway will continue down DeBaliviere Avenue, running alongside the Loop Trolley, south to Forest Park. The greenway will eventually connect to River des Peres, Centennial and Chouteau Greenways in Forest Park, and to Maline Greenway in NorthPark.

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