Public Involvement Encouraged in Planning Process for Gateway Arch

May 2008

The National Park Service (NPS) announced on May 8, 2008 the initiation of a General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) process for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (commonly referred to as the Gateway Arch).

The existing management plan has been in place since 1960 and is in need of updating. The NPS has developed some preliminary concepts including reinvigorating the Arch grounds as encouraged by the Danforth Foundation. However, to facilitate sound planning, public participation is crucial. The public will be invited to develop new concepts as well as to comment on those presented by the NPS and other private and public organizations. Participation will be encouraged and facilitated by newsletters and public meetings.

The types of changes could include:

Accessible walkways to the underground visitor center and museum and to the grounds from the riverfront

Pedestrian walkway over Memorial Drive and the Interstate Highway to connect Arch grounds to grounds near the Old Courthouse

Streetscape changes (plantings, pedestrian access changes)

Minor modifications to interior of the Old CourthouseW

Expansion of the existing museum space

Addition of food service (temporary/ seasonal/portable, self-contained refreshment vendors), restrooms and modified security checkpoints

Requests to be added to the project mailing list should be sent by mail to Superintendent, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63102; by telephone to 314-655-1600; or by e-mail to

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