CityArchRiver | 2015

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, art installations 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 Gallery2015 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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Why CityArchRiver 2015

The Gateway Arch is a global icon and symbol of the St. Louis region. It represents the spirit in all of us to discover and grow. With this project comes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate the Gateway Arch and what it represents into the fabric of the region. And in doing so, make it easier for St. Louisans and visitors to safely access and enjoy a treasured monument and the space surrounding it.

By uniting our region and one of the world’s most recognizable icons with another of our greatest assets – the Mississippi River — we will build new connections, invigorate existing attractions and expand points of interest beyond the existing park to the East and West riverbanks and into the region itself.

When we invest in our urban core, everyone benefits.

Via KMOV, “Reimagining the Arch” is a half-hour prime-time special on the CityArchRiver project, which premiered June 23, 2014. The program describes the history of the Gateway Arch, how the CityArchRiver project will improve the visitor experience and what the future looks like for St. Louis, our national park and the riverfront.

  • St. Louis RegionOur Region…
    will be better positioned through national and international recognition that will boost tourism
  • St. Louis CommunitiesOur Communities…
    will grow and flourish thanks to improvements in infrastructure
  • St. Louis Area BusinessesOur Businesses…
    will be better able to attract and retain talent
  • St. Louis Arch DesignEach of us…
    can feel pride in our city – a world-class destination with a world-class design.
  • About the St. Louis RegionAbout the Region

    Beginnings, possibility and discovery — the story of St. Louis, the story of America.

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  • About the Gateway ArchAbout the Arch

    The Arch is the most-recognized symbol of our spirit to discover and grow.

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  • About the Mississippi RiverAbout the River

    Through CityArchRiver 2015, we can turn local and national attention back to the river.

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About the Project

CityArchRiver 2015 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 2015 connects the Gateway Arch grounds with the East and West riverfronts 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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 is possible because of

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The Arch grounds transformation is underway! This is your one-stop information source for CityArchRiver 2015 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.

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

Pedestrian Map

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

Motorist Map

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


St. Louis Arch PartnershipsPublic-Private Partnership

CityArchRiver 2015 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 2015 plan is drawn from a combination of public and private sources.

  • St. Louis Arch Project Funding
  • Partnerships