St Louis to tweak walking, bicycling access to Tower Grove Park |

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Improving pedestrian and bicycle access to Tower Grove Park, St. Louis' second-largest, is the focus of a $1.2-million project expected to get underway about a year from now.

The work aims at making it more safe to cross the four major thoroughfares bordering the South Side mainstay: Kingshighway, Arsenal Street, South Grand Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue.

A preliminary design from the H.R. Green consulting firm proposes improvements to 19 of 26 intersections around the park, each leading to sidewalks and paths.

Among other things, the design calls for creating bumpouts, which shorten crossing distances by extending sidewalks past the curb at crosswalks.

Bus stops will be revamped and relocated. And more crosswalks are to be painted with wide stripes to increase visibility, such as the connections across Arsenal and Magnolia to the park's main north-south road, Center Cross Drive.

MoBikeFed comment: Tower Grove Park is a popular destination and a popular place to walk, run and bicycle. But the bicycle/pedestrian connections from adjoining neighborhoods have long been a problem identified by local neighorhood leaders and residents.

This project should make a real improvement in the situation, bringing greater safety and connectivity to the many area residents who walk and bicycle.