Residents of the region can now run, walk, ride a bike, use a wheelchair, push a stroller or connect to transit on the recently expanded St. Vincent Greenway that stretches 1.9 miles between Forest Park and Wellston’s Trojan Park. The one-half mile extension, completed earlier this year, parallels the soon-to be opened Loop Trolley on DeBaliviere between Delmar and Lindell.
Great Rivers Greenway and the City of St. Louis will celebrate the opening of the expanded greenway during the Missouri History Museum’s free Twilight Tuesdays Concert on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to pack a picnic basket and lawn chairs and come out to the event and check out the new extension. Those in attendance will enjoy musical entertainment from Project X – A Tribute to New Edition. Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer Susan Trautman and St. Louis 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro will be on hand to say a few words and cut the ribbon during the concert intermission at approximately 6:45 p.m.
“It’s fitting to celebrate the expanded St. Vincent Greenway where it connects to one of our region’s crown jewels—Forest Park,” said Great Rivers Greenway Chief Executive Officer Susan Trautman. “Twilight Tuesday is also a great time to introduce the community to this vibrant new space that links together neighborhoods, entertainment districts, schools, businesses, shopping, transit stops and the new Loop Trolley.”
Great Rivers Greenway staff will be set up on the greenway near Lindell to answer questions, hand out maps and other information about greenways across St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. Concert-goers are invited to take a walk or ride on the expanded greenway to view all the places the newly expanded St. Vincent Greenway will take them.
The St. Vincent Greenway is currently divided into two segments. The southern end stretches from Forest Park to Trojan Park in Wellston and links together the neighborhoods, businesses, and attractions in between; the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, the Delmar Loop and Ruth Porter Mall Park. The northern segment stretches between the North Hanley Metrolink Station, through the University of Missouri-St. Louis Campus, to St. Vincent County Park.
An additional route to connect the greenway between Trojan Park (Etzel at Skinker) and St. Vincent County Park was identified in an extensive public engagement process in 2014. Great Rivers Greenway staff, community partners and the design team are continuing to work together on funding strategies and phasing. When complete, the St. Vincent Greenway will stretch seven miles from Forest Park to the North Hanley MetroLink Station.
For more information about the St. Vincent Greenway or the ribbon cutting event, visit GreatRiversGreenway.org.
For more information about the Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series, visit http://mohistory.org/twilight-tuesdays.