River Des Peres Bike Trail opens; St. Louis-area trail network planned

A four-mile multi-use path along the Des Peres River opened Monday. Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article for full details.

Another Post-Dispatch article details the greenway masterplan for the region:
"The River Des Peres project is symbolic of what we're going to do," said David Fisher, executive director of the agency, formerly known as the Metropolitan Park and Recreation District. "Someday, people in St. Louis will identify themselves with this. . . . The rivers define the region."

The district is a major player in an ambitious plan to reshape the St. Louis region around its rivers. Two of the mightiest rivers in North America converge at St. Louis, but levees, highways and buildings have cut people off from the waterways that gave the city its start.

St. Louis 2004, a civic organization that aimed to boost the region through a series of bold initiatives, floated the idea of reconnecting with the natural world through a series of interconnected parks and trails.

Sixty-eight percent of voters in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County approved the Clean Water, Safe Parks and Community Trails Initiative in November 2000.