CityArchRiver

Our time has come. To make a change. To make history. And to make our future. The CityArchRiver project is transforming the grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch. With biking and running trails, space for outdoor concerts and a new museum commemorating westward expansion, the new, seamless park experience has something for everyone. Now is your chance to make your mark on St. Louis for generations to come. On Your Mark, St. Louis!

On Your Mark

  • 2015 GalleryProject Gallery

    Use our interactive slider to explore the before and after views of the St. Louis Arch Grounds.

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  • Fly ThroughFly Through

    Explore the new Arch experience with a fly through tour of the renovated grounds.

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The CityArchRiver Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions will be a vital, welcoming, well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come.

Founded in 2009 to support and coordinate a project to connect, invigorate and expand the Arch grounds, the Foundation will become a conservancy that will collaborate with partners to operate and maintain the improvements made through the CityArchRiver project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

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Via KMOV, “Reimagining the Arch” – a half-hour prime-time special on the CityArchRiver project and the future of St. Louis, our national park, and the riverfront.

  • Arch Project PlanPlan & Scope

    CityArchRiver is about all of us coming together to celebrate and enjoy what makes St. Louis great.

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  • Arch Project FundingProject Funding

    Funding for CityArchRiver is drawn from a combination of public and private sources.

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  • Arch PartnershipsPartners

    CityArchRiver is possible because of public-private partnerships.

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About the Project

CityArchRiver will make the Arch easier and safer for everyone to experience by connecting, invigorating and expanding the park’s grounds and museums.

Designed by world-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, CityArchRiver  connects the Gateway Arch grounds with the riverfront and the region. Through the creation of new spaces for events and public education, expanded museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, performance venues and a lively, invigorated riverfront, locals and tourists alike will find new opportunities to learn, linger and enjoy one of the world’s most recognized icons.

CityArchRiver offers the people and institutions who support the St. Louis region a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invigorate the jewel of St. Louis and make the Gateway Arch a destination of choice for the young and the old, those near and far, for generations to come.

The design starts with a new, dramatic Park Over the Highway that will, for the first time, allow visitors to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch grounds to the riverfront on one continuous greenway, without a curb or stair step in their way. With your support, the CityArchRiver project will have a lasting impact on the economic, social, environmental, recreational and educational fabric of the entire bi-state metropolitan region.

If out-of-town visitors spend just a half day longer in the region and the number of visitors to the Arch returns to average levels before 2006, the economic impact would be the equivalent of a second Cardinals baseball season each year or more than four NCAA Men’s Final Four Tournaments.
  • Design Team

    MVVA, Inc. is a landscape architecture firm that has a history of creating sustainable and experientially rich places.

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  • Gateway Arch HistoryTIMELINE

    Nearly 50 years after its completion, the Arch stands as one of the most visited attractions in the world.

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  • Gateway Arch PartnershipsPARTNERS

    CityArchRiver is possible because of
    public-private partnerships.

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The Arch grounds transformation is underway! This is your one-stop information source for CityArchRiver construction information. You can learn about roadway changes associated with the project, how to get around during construction, new experiences during the construction process and watch the transformation as it happens through our live web cams.

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Click here for a map of how to drive to the Arch grounds during construction.

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Click here for a map of how to walk to the Arch grounds during construction.

 

 

 

Parking: For an interactive map of St. Louis Convention and Visitor Commission’s preferred parking lots garages, visit www.getaroundstl.com.

 

St. Louis Arch PartnershipsPublic-Private Partnership

CityArchRiver is possible because of public-private partnerships among local, state and federal government entities, civic organizations, private businesses and citizens working to connect, invigorate and expand the Gateway Arch grounds. Likewise, funding for the CityArchRiver plan is drawn from a combination of public and private sources.

  • St. Louis Arch Project Funding
  • Partnerships

Events and Activities

Mad Science KidsThe CityArchRiver project is transforming the grounds surrounding the Gateway Arch. With biking and running trails, space for outdoor concerts and a new museum commemorating westward expansion, the new, seamless park experience will have something for everyone. Be part of these great events at the Gateway Arch, parks, and riverfront during the CityArchRiver project.

DAILY Events

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Riverboat Cruises -
Take a relaxing cruise and discover the best view of the St. Louis skyline from replica nineteenth-century paddle-wheel riverboats, the Becky Thatcher and the Tom Sawyer. A variety of cruises depart the riverfront daily. Click here for tickets and more information.

Special Events