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Construction to Extend the River des Peres Greenway Begins March 13
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 12, 2017 - Construction to extend the River Des Peres Greenway 1.8 miles north from Lansdowne to Francis R. Slay Park is scheduled to begin Monday, March 13. The paved, separated greenway for walking, running and riding bikes is being built parallel to the southbound lanes of Wabash and Ellendale Avenues (which is the same street that changes names) between Lansdowne and Canterbury Avenues in the City of St. Louis.

On Monday, March 13, traffic on Wabash/Ellendale will be reduced to one northbound lane and one southbound lane between Lansdowne and Canterbury. Construction will be staged to ensure vehicle traffic will remain open in both directions at all times. Any driveways or side streets that intersect with the new greenway will be constructed one half side at a time to ensure access for residents and property owners.

"We want to make sure people who drive or ride bikes on Wabash and Ellendale are aware of these temporary lane changes necessary to accommodate the expansion of the greenway," said Angelica Gutierrez, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. "We are working closely with our partners and construction team to minimize inconvenience to neighborhood residents and others who use this roadway so we can expand this greenway for all to enjoy."

Between Lansdowne and the Interstate 44 Bridge, people driving or riding bikes will use the two existing northbound lanes on Wabash to travel north and south. The two existing southbound lanes in this area will be temporarily closed to traffic. Between St. James and Canterbury, people driving will utilize the existing two southbound lanes of Ellendale to travel north and south. The two northbound lanes in this area will be temporarily closed to traffic.

"There will be no loss of street parking on Wabash, but parking will be intermittent as construction progresses," said Deanna Venker, Traffic Commissioner for the City of St. Louis. "Residents and visitors will be able to park on side streets and we will ensure walking access is maintained, with minimal detours throughout construction."

This phase of the River des Peres Greenway expansion is a partnership between Great Rivers Greenway, the City of St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Transportation. Goals of the project include expanded walking and biking connections to residential neighborhoods, business districts, MetroLink and MetroBus, as well as traffic calming to increase safety for everyone who uses the roadway.

Permanent changes to the roadway include the reduction of one southbound lane from Lansdowne to Canterbury, parallel to the new greenway. Both northbound lanes will remain. Other improvements include roadway resurfacing, new lighting, enhanced drainage and low maintenance, native landscaping.

"When the greenway is finished, people will be able to walk, ride a bike, push a stroller or use a wheelchair completely separate from traffic, all the way from the new neighborhood greenway at Arsenal and McCausland to Lemay and Carondelet Parks," Gutierrez said.

Construction is expected to last about 10 months.


Dog Museum at Queeny Park to Return To NYC
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 12, 2017 - The American Kennel Club (AKC®) and the AKC Museum of the Dog have announced that the AKC Museum of the Dog will be relocating back to New York City from St. Louis, MO. The move is the result of a mutual agreement between both boards to expand and enhance the future of the Museum.

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in The New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the Museum was moved to a temporary space in the historic Jarville House located in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, MO under an agreement with St. Louis County.

Over the years, the AKC has donated over $4.5 million to the Museum to ensure its continuation. The AKC was instrumental in founding the Museum and believes in its mission to protect and to share the amazing works of art donated by participants in the dog sport over the last 35 years.

"The AKC Museum of the Dog houses one of the largest collections of dog art in the world and is an important part of the AKC's history and future," said Ronald H. Menaker, Chairman of the Board for the American Kennel Club. "New York City is world-renowned for its art and museum culture and we feel that it is the perfect place to house a museum and educational interactive learning center as a destination."

With a population of over 8.5 million people, and 59 million visitors per year, New York City provides an excellent opportunity for a substantial increase in visitors and exposure and lends the potential for educational programs to coincide with the promotion of the purebred dog. The relocation to Midtown Manhattan also provides a means for the Museum to generate revenue from additional admissions, memberships, sponsorships, and donations. The AKC is in negotiations for ground floor retail oriented space in the heart of New York City that would give the Museum the location necessary to become a world-class tourist destination.

"New York City presents a new chapter for the future of the Museum of the Dog," said Candy Caciolo, Chairman of the Board for the AKC Museum of the Dog. "We look forward to the growth and expansion of the Museum as we show the world the artistic beauty of the purebred dog."

The date and location for the move of the Museum are pending. Until the transition to New York is in place, the AKC Museum of the Dog will maintain its current operations in St. Louis, MO.


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