Old St. Louis Railroad Trestle May Become a Park

Just as Witold Rybczynski declares New York's High Line un-copyable, St. Louis announces plans for a linear park on top of an old railroad trestle

May 19, 2011, 1:00 PM PDT

By Tim Halbur


The Great Rivers Greenway District purchased the trestle, which is just north of downtown, in 2004. They are now working to put together the $50 million they need to turn the old infrastructure into a lush pedestrian and bike path.

The district plans to develop a conservancy to raise funds for building and maintaining the trestle, said Susan K. Trautman, executive director of the District, but she wouldn't pinpoint a precise time when they'll do so.

Cynthia Billharz Gregorian reports:

"Plans call for The Trestle, as it will be known, to link to The River Ring, a web of interconnected greenways, parks and trails that will eventually be about 600 miles long and reach into the Metro East and St. Charles County.

"But we want the trestle to be a park experience, more than just a way to get from one point to another," [Susan K. Trautman, executive director of the District] said. "We want people to stop and explore the working riverfront, such as Produce Row and the recycling industries.""

Thanks to Todd Antoine

Friday, May 13, 2011 in St. Louis Post Dispatch

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