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Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking
Local residents and business owners gathered for a lunchtime groundbreaking celebration at the Riverfront Overlook Stage on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd in front of the Gateway Arch.

Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking
Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway, said "This groundbreaking represents an important step in work to enhance the Gateway Arch experience."
Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking
"You, the residents of St. Louis, had the audacity to dream big. And, you had the courage to adopt a bold vision," stated Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO, National Recreation and Park Association.
Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking
During the lunchtime celebration, attendees were able to buy and sample food from several area food trucks, including Deli on a Roll, The Sweet Devine, Guerilla Street Food and Hot Aztec.
Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd
by Bob Moore,
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, November 14, 2013 - Hundreds of residents and business leaders joined elected officials and civic leaders and representatives from the CityArchRiver 2015 project for a lunchtime groundbreaking celebration to kick off the construction of the Central Riverfront project on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd.

"Today is the day we break ground on the future of the St. Louis Arch and the Arch grounds," stated St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, as he introduced local elected officials and partners in the project.

Mayor Slay noted that a previous generation of St. Lousians did something great in conceiving, designing and building the Arch and now this generation, in partnership with the State of Missouri and Federal Government, was also building something great and audacious.

"We are going to connect the Arch and the river and rejuvenate the Arch grounds and the experience itself," stated the Mayor. City officials hope that once people visit the Arch, they will want to stay longer and come back more often to a safer riverfront.

"We are excited to be here today. It's been a long time coming, stated Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway.

She received a round of applause after thanking the people of St. Louis who have support the project for the past twelve years and recently passed Proposition P, an initiative that is helping to fund the renovations of the Gateway Arch grounds and many groundbreakings to come.

"The Arch towering above us today is a beacon for the region and a front door to the state. This project is a keystone in the development of the River Ring and in our vision to connect the region and create a better experience for visitors," said Trautman.

She noted that this groundbreaking represented a strong partnership between the business community, many government agencies and residents. By the numbers the effort was the result of 9 regulatory agencies, 13 partners, 4 federal grants and 125 people spending thousands of hours working on plans to be here to day, confirmed Trautman.

Trautman also said that on Tuesday, the Great Rivers Greenway District board of directors awarded $23 million in construction contracts to 7 local firms. The announcement received another round of applause as it was the result of efforts to ensure that the bidding process was both proactive and inclusive of DBE firms and local businesses.

The Central Riverfront project will transform Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. into an enhanced, elevated 1.5-mile-long corridor accommodating pedestrians of all abilities, bicyclists, cars, buses and trams, as well as access to the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher riverboats and other levee activities.

Work on the project will be split up into two phases to maintain access to the existing riverfront tourist amenities, including the riverboats and helicopter rides. Phase I will include work from Chouteau Ave. to the Grand Staircase and will be completed in fall of 2014. Phase II will then begin in the fall of 2014 and will complete the work from the Grand Staircase to Biddle St. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Gateway Arch's 50th anniversary celebration in fall 2015.

Hundreds Attend CityArchRiver 2015 Groundbreaking
Elected officials and civic leaders and representatives from the CityArchRiver 2015 kicked off the construction of the Central Riverfront project: (L - R) Tom Bradley, Superintendent, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial; Ken Suelthaus, MoDOT Commissioner; Rob Epstein, President of Great Rivers Greenway; Susan Trautman, Executive Director of Great Rivers Greenway; Walter Metcalfe, Chairman, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation; St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; Kevin Ward, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Transportation Administration (FHWA); St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley; John Nations, President and CEO, Bi-State Development Agency; and, Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO, National Recreation and Park Association.

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Gateway Arch
St. Louis Gateway Arch Provides Spectacular View of St. Louis City From 360 Feet Above
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. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, built at a cost of $13 million began February 12, 1963 with the "topping out" on October 28, 1965. It was dedicated 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 until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. 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 877-982-1410.

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Old Cathedral Under Wraps for Two Year Restoration
A $15 million effort is underway to restore the nearly 180-year-old Basilica of St. Louis King of France - known fondly as the "Old Cathedral", which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See related story: Old Cathedral Under Wraps for Two Year Restoration

Basilica of St. Louis King of France (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.

The structure of the Old Cathedral, completed in the autumn of 1834, is a prominent example of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, and it is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior stone facade and the four columns that support the Doric style portico are carved from Joliet stone, mined near Joliet, Ill.

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. The Old Cathredal is located at 209 Walnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102. For more information, call 314-231-3250.

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