The Great Rivers Greenway District and the Metro East Park and Recreation District jointly received an award for “What’s Right With The Region” from Focus St. Louis in the category for Fostering Regional Cooperation. According to Focus St. Louis, the award, presented May 7, recognizes both organizations’ success in bringing various entities together to create new synergy and combining individual strengths to maximize effectiveness in the region.
The Great Rivers Greenway District and Metro East Park and Recreation District, which were jointly established in November 2000 by the successful passage of the Clean Water, Safe Parks and Community Trails Initiative, share credit for improving bicycle and pedestrian access across the McKinley Bridge by creating a dedicated lane for biking and walking.
The 2,600-ft. long by 14-ft. wide cantilevered lane, which will officially open to the public on June 7, features connections to the Riverfront Trail in St. Louis City and the Confluence Bikeway in Madison County. Offering dramatic views of the Mississippi River and downtown St. Louis, the bikeway, is the most unique and distinctive feature of the reconstructed bridge that was reopened for vehicular traffic last November.