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ST. LOUIS –The National Park Service announced today that Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. of Arnold, Missouri was awarded a $10.27 million contract to complete the North Gateway component of the CityArchRiver project. The North Gateway is a seven acre park that will be a vibrant area of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial that will connect to the Eads Bridge, Laclede's Landing, Washington Avenue and neighborhoods surrounding the Arch grounds to the north.
The North Gateway park will include an explorers' garden, an elevated walkway with views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding park, a natural amphitheater, and bicycle paths. The construction project is funded through both Proposition P revenue, overseen by Great Rivers Greenway, and private funding through the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. The National Park Service is managing the construction of the project.
"The North Gateway project will create a flexible space for concerts, festivals, events, and recreation," said Tom Bradley, superintendent of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "We are pleased that the area will include accessible pathways to connect the Arch grounds with our neighboring communities."
To make way for the new North Gateway area the Gateway Arch parking garage on the north grounds of the Arch will close to the public permanently on December 1 and be removed as part of the construction project. The public can access parking options for the Arch at www.getaroundstl.com/attractions/parking. Many of these parking options are closer to the main visitor entrances during and after construction than the existing Arch garage.
The Gateway Arch will remain open to the public during this project. Construction fences will guide users from the temporary main entrance to the park at Walnut Street through the construction area to the Arch entrance. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Arch and are encouraged to watch the progress throughout construction. You can keep up to date on construction and how to access the Arch at www.cityarchriver.org/construction or gatewayarch.com.
About Great Rivers Greenway: Great Rivers Greenway is making St. Louis an even better place to live by connecting our region with a network of greenways so you can be active, get where you need to go and enjoy being outside. Great Rivers Greenway is the public organization created in 2000 by a vote of the people of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The long term vision for St. Louis is called the River Ring, where more than 600 miles of trails connect communities, street bike routes and transit, and our region's great rivers and parks together in a network of greenways. For more info, visit www.greatriversgreenway.org.