CityArchRiver North Gateway Opens to Public
In November of 2014, the National Park Service awarded Kozeny-Wagner, Inc. a $10.27 million contract to complete the North Gateway component of the CityArchRiver project. The North Gateway is a seven acre park that will be a vibrant area of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial that will connect to the Eads Bridge, Laclede’s Landing, Washington Avenue and neighborhoods surrounding the Arch grounds to the north.
The North Gateway Park includes an explorers’ garden, an elevated walkway with views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding park, a natural amphitheater, and bicycle paths. The construction project was funded through both Proposition P revenue, overseen by Great Rivers Greenway, and private funding through the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation.
To make way for the new North Gateway area, the Gateway Arch parking garage on the north grounds of the Arch was closed to the public permanently on December 1, 2014 and removed as part of the construction project. The parking garage demolition included over 23,000 tons of recycled concrete and 950 tons of recycled rebar.
“The North Gateway project will create a flexible space for concerts, festivals, events, and recreation,” said Tom Bradley, superintendent of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. “We are pleased that the area will include accessible pathways to connect the Arch grounds with our neighboring communities.”
Photo Credit: CityArchRiver [Tom Nagel]