Great Rivers Greenway District to Receive "Lifescape" Partners for Progress Award

Partners for Progress, an organization of CEOs representing 30 major companies in the St. Charles County region, will award its first "Lifescape Progress" award to The Great Rivers Greenway District. The award will be presented to David Fisher, Executive Director of The Great Rivers Greenway District on June 1 at the Partners for Progress gala at the St. Charles Convention Center, where awards also will be presented to individuals and organizations in six additional categories.

The Great Rivers Greenway District, which is leading the development of a region-wide system of interconnected greenways, parks and trails known as The River Ring, is being recognized as a strong advocate of community participation, neighborhood involvement and regional, collaborative partnerships.

When complete, the River Ring will feature a 600-mile web of more than 45 greenways spanning two states and an area of 1,216 square miles with 1.6 million residents.

In St. Charles County, the Great Rivers Greenway District’s projects include plans to develop the Dardenne Greenway, a 36-mile greenway that eventually will parallel Dardenne Creek and connect to the Katy Trail and Busch Conservation Area. Highlights of the plan for the Dardenne Greenway are likely to include passive and active parks, hiking and biking trails, neighborhood connections to recreational and community destinations, educational and interpretive opportunities, and other amenities yet to be defined.

As a first step, the Great Rivers Greenway District recently completed a 3-mile paved trail and a 15-acre stocked lake with a fishing pier and seating areas at BaratHaven, located along Dardenne Creek in the City of Dardenne Prairie. The project is a public-private partnership to construct parks and trails as part of a comprehensive mixed-use development, the first of its kind in St. Charles County.

The District also has begun engineering trail projects for the Boschert, Busch and Centennial-St. Charles greenways, including a 1.5 mile trail along Boschert Creek in the City of St. Charles and a 1-mile asphalt trail from the south end of Missouri Research Park to the Katy Trail.

About Partners for Progress:
Founded in 2001, Partners for Progress is a group of CEOs of the largest businesses and corporations in St. Charles County, who are focused on enhancing the region’s image as one of the top areas in the St. Louis region to live, work and raise a family, as well as making St. Charles County a nationally renowned, most livable community. More information is available at www.partners-for-progress.com.

About The Great Rivers Greenway District:
The Great Rivers Greenway District is the public organization leading the development of a region-wide system of interconnected greenways, parks and trails, known as the River Ring. The River Ring will join two states and cover an area of 1,216 square miles. The District was established in November 2000 by the successful passage of the Clean Water, Safe Parks and Community Trails Initiative (Proposition C) in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri. For more information about Great Rivers Greenway District, visit www.greatrivers.info.