Summary of Great Rivers Greenway public meetings about connection between Grants Trail & River des Peres Greenway | West End Word

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Hikers, cyclists and runners packed the event center at Orlando's in South County on April 23 to hear the latest plans for Great Rivers Greenway. Avid bicyclists came to the public hearing in significant numbers on two wheels.

"We're pretty excited that we have almost 200 people here tonight at the meeting," said Susan Trautman, CEO for Great Rivers Greenway. "A lot of active users of the trail are here and they want to know when a number of active trail connections and projects are going to be completed."

Great Rivers Greenway representatives announced a two-phase project at the meeting, but also emphasized their vision of eventually connecting all of the St. Louis region with trails. Right now, the situation is: "110 miles and counting."

The first phase of the latest project includes restrooms, benches, new landscaping, a climbing play structure and the initial extension of Grant's Trail's (also known as Gravois Greenway) from its current endpoint near Orlando's Event Center.