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Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
The West Gateway visual shows a redesigned Keiner Plaza, the Old Courthouse, proposed closing of Memorial Drive with a walkway over Highway 70 and entrance to the Arch grounds and museum.

Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh stated: "The park on the east side is expanded and begins to take the place which was imagined by Eero Saarinen and Dan Kiley when they won the competion in 1947."
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
Kiener Plaza would be redesigned with a major waterplay area, beer garden and performance pavilion.
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
Illustration of snow covered Kiener Plaza with year-round carousel and restaurant.
Luther Ely Smith Square would be raised and graded with a gentle slope from the Old Courthouse to a grass-covered lid over I-70 leading to the Arch grounds.
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
Memorial Drive would be closed and a glass-and-steel entrance to the underground museum would be located on the western side of the Ach grounds.
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
Openings for train spotting would be featured along the walkways leading to the riverfront and Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard.
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
The East Bank Park Pavilion would provide dramatic views of the Gateway Geyser at Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park and the St. Louis skyline with the Arch.
Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
by Bob Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, January 26, 2011 - In a 'Report to the Community' presentation, updated design concepts to reframe the Gateway Arch and the riverfront on both sides were unveiled, Wednesday evening, January 26, to a full house at the America's Center's Ferrara Theater in downtown St. Louis.

CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation hosted the event to provide an opportunity for lead designer Michael Van Valkenburgh, (MVVA), and members of his design team, to present update plans for the rejuvenated Arch grounds and its connections to St. Louis, the riverfront and the Illinois side of the river.

Over the past four months after winning the competition, Van Valkenburgh has worked closely with a broad group of people in the community, key representatives from the City of St. Louis, City of East St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation and park service officials.

"This is an iteration of what was shown this summer," stated Van Valkenburgh. He noted that while some pieces are the same, there are also some significant changes. "There has been some talk about the gondola, so I'll introduce that as well."

"The vision for this project is that the east side and the west side are more connected than they currently are. The park on the east side is expanded and begins to take the place which was imagined by Eero Saarinen and Dan Kiley when they won the competion in 1947."

He broke the project down into four sub areas: The West Gateway, from Luther Ely Square over to Citygarden; the Arch grounds; Riverfront on both sides; and the Eastbank Park.

He emphasised that the plan as it has evolved will be doing a series of projects designed to make the Arch and its grounds even more incredible and friendlier. It will also offer a broader range of things for people to do.

He said that Citygarden was an inspiration for his team to really push to win the competition because the new garden demonstrated that something was happening in the cultural values of the city.

"We are now proposing to close Memorial Drive," he said, acknowledging that in the summer proposal, this element was not deemed achievable by 2015. "We are in the process of rethinking the connectivity and flow of traffic in downtown."

"We are also proposing a new entrance to the Arch ground, right at the edge of Luther Ely Square," said Van Valkenburgh. Parking will be moved more into the downtown areas, rather than building new underground garages.

"St. Louis gets a little hot here in the summer," he said, "so there will be lots of shade trees."

Kiener Plaza will also see dramatic changes, with the addition of a major waterplay element. There would be a year-round restaurant and open grassy area that is family oriented on one side with an old-style carousel and a beer garden on the other side.

The project also includes building a gondola that would parallel the Poplar Street Bridge. "This challenge of the divide between the east side and west side is most centrally solved with an incredibly easy way for users to go from one side to the other," said Van Valkenburgh.

He observed that some of the cabs might have glass bottoms. "Some people would think it's extremely cool to be over barges and looking down on them. It would be a fantastic ride," he said enthusiastically. This new design element would also involve expanding the east side by adding 60 or more acres, which would provide opportunities for expansion over time.

Van Valkenburgh said one of the really big changes is accessibility. "Whether you are in a wheelchair or not, you should be able to get down to the waterfront without using the stairs. We have carefully studied through grading how to create ramped access to the lower level and throughout the Arch grounds."

The anticipated goal is to finish the work by October 28, 2015, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

A traveling exhibition featuring the updated Design Concepts will be on display at the Arch and at various locations in the community for public input:

Jan. 31 - Feb. 25: Exhibit in the Arch Lobby; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily

Jan. 31 - Feb. 3: Missouri Botanical Garden, Beaumont Room; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily; Included with Garden Admission

Feb. 7 - 9: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Morris University Club, 2nd Floor; Feb. 7, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Feb.8-9, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 14 - 18: Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, McDermott Grand Hall; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; except Feb. 15, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 21 - 25:Washington University in St. Louis, Givens Hall, Main Floor; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

For more information, visit the web site:

Arch Design Concept Projected to Shine an International Spotlight on St. Louis Region
A proposed gondola on the north side of Poplar Street Bridge would link both sides of the riverfront.

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Gateway Arch Receives $1 Million Grant for Bikepath
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 22, 2010 - St. Louis will share in $27 million from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks program to improve public and alternative transportation within the Gateway Arch grounds.

The Bi-state Development Agency (Metro St. Louis) will use the $1 million grant to facilitate bicycle pathway connections to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) and along the Mississippi River.

In an announcement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: "This investment in our federal lands will give visitors, including persons with disabilities, more options for getting around while inside the parks. While making federal lands more accessible, it will also conserve energy and natural resources."

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar noted: "Connecting people to our parks, refuges, forests and historic and cultural sites is one of the primary goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a new conservation ethic for the 21st Century. "With these projects, we are opening the way for many more people to discover the beauty, history and culture of America."

Salazar and LaHood were in St. Louis touring the Gateway Arch, December 10, to review the winning design concept to revitalize the park and met with stakeholders to discuss pending refinements and implementation of the plan. See related story:
Secretary Salazar Tours Gateway Arch with Secretary LaHood and Missouri Senator McCaskill

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St. Louis Gateway Arch
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.

The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial began in 1961 with the "topping out" in 1965 and dedication in 1966.

The floor plan of the Underground Visitor Center follows a circular pattern with galleries depicting a 100-year span of westward expansion and the Tucker Theatre. Additional attractions include two passenger trams to the observation room at the top and the Museum of Westward Expansion.

Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.

Monument to the Dream - A documentary film by Charles Guggenheim on the construction of the Arch is shown daily in the Tucker Theatre. Large screen movies are shown on the Arch's Odyssey Theatre's four story high screen featuring a 70 mm projection system and THX Sound.

Summer hours - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:10 p.m. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.

Winter hours - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 9, 2009, until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 29, 2010. Arch trams will run daily starting at 9:20 am and ending at 5:10 pm. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.

The Arch is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Accessibility at Gateway Arch - The Arch lobby and Museum of Westward Expansion are accessible by ramps located throughout the building. The Tucker Theater and Odyssey Theatre are both accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis (inquire at information desk). Wheelchairs or strollers are not allowed at the top of the Gateway Arch.

Tram tickets: $10 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)

Movie Tickets: $7 adults (16 & older); $2.50 children (3 - 15).

Tram & 1 Movie: $14 adults (16 & older); $7.50 children (3 - 15)
Tram & 2 Movies: $18 adults (16 & older); $10 children (3 - 15)

2 Movies: $11 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Each adult tram ticket includes a $3.00 National Park entrance fee. For more information or reservations, call 314-982-1410.

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St. Louis Historic Old Cathedral
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The St. Louis' historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world's most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.

In 1961, the most important honor ever afforded any American church was handed down by His Holiness, the late Pope John XXIII, who decreed Basilican status upon the church. An intensive rehabilitation program on the appearance of the Old Cathedral was completed in 1963.

Visitors can see the tomb of Bishop Joseph Rosati, builder of the present Old Cathedral building, paintings dating back to the late 1700's and a dramatic series of Arteaga photos at the Old Cathedral Museum. For more information, call 314-231-3250.

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