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Sneak Peek at the Arch Grounds

Less than three months away from its grand opening, some 50 members and guests got a grand tour of the extensive renovations that have transformed the newly named Gateway Arch National Park and surrounding areas. The walking tour on March 14 gave members an up-close look at the $380 million effort to connect the Arch grounds, riverfront and downtown.

The vision to transform the Arch grounds, downtown and riverfront began in earnest in the summer of 2014. Additions include 11 acres of parkland, 5.4 miles of pedestrian paths, a grassy amphitheater and shaded lawns. The land bridge connects the adjacent Old Courthouse to the arch and the riverfront in one continuous greenway. The renovated grounds allowed visitors to walk from the Luther Ely Square to the Arch and riverfront on one continuous greenway, without encountering a single curb or stair.

And new entrances to the iconic Arch and totally renovated museum and visitor center are nearing completion.

Special thanks to Victoria Dugan with the Park Service for her assistance with event coordination. We also appreciate the support of McCarthy Building Companies, our event sponsor and one of the leading contractors on this massive project.