First phase of planned seven-mile, east-west greenway will create new and improved walking and biking paths, new landscaping and a connection between both sides of Bella Fontaine County Park
Construction of the first 1.5 miles of the planned seven-mile Maline Greenway in North St. Louis County is scheduled to begin the week of March 12 in Bellefontaine Neighbors. This phase of the new greenway will be built primarily within Bella Fontaine Park, in partnership with St. Louis County Parks Department. It will create a safe, seamless connection between both sides of the park, making it easier for people of all ages and abilities to connect to transit on Lewis and Clark Blvd.
The $2.6 million construction project includes new and refurbished, ADA accessible walking and biking paths and the replacement of three deteriorated bridges. A new underpass will also be constructed beneath Lewis and Clark Blvd. to link both sides of the park.
Additional improvements to the park include a new rain garden and the restoration of the Maline Creek stream bank to better manage storm water and prevent erosion. Construction has been coordinated with Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to coincide with planned improvements to the waste and storm water infrastructure in the area. There will also be new landscaping, including more than 300 trees and shrubs along with new seating areas for people to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
“It’s exciting to break ground on a brand new greenway,” said Patrick Owens, Great Rivers Greenway Project Manager. “This first phase will not only enhance Bella Fontaine Park for all users, but also make it easier and safer for people to connect to transit.”
The master plan for the seven-mile Maline Greenway calls for an east-west link between the Mississippi Greenway (sometimes called the Riverfront Trail) and the St. Vincent Greenway in North St. Louis County. The greenway will pass though the cities of St. Louis, Berkeley, Kinloch, Ferguson, Jennings, Moline Acres, Bellefontaine Neighbors and Riverview, as well as through unincorporated St. Louis County. Approximately 70,000 people reside in this greenway corridor that will eventually connect more than 350 acres of park land.
As progress continues on the first phase of the Maline Greenway, Great Rivers Greenway will be seeking community feedback on the second phase of the project, which is expected to connect West Florissant Avenue and Ferguson’s Forestwood Park. Construction on the first phase is expected to last approximately 12 months.
About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway is a regional greenway district created by a vote of the people in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization improves the quality of life for all in the St. Louis region by connecting people to their rivers, parks and communities through a network of greenways. Greenways help residents and visitors explore and enjoy the region and live life outside. With 110 miles of greenways built so far, Great Rivers Greenway looks forward to connecting the entire region together in a 600-mile system. For more information, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org.