Great Rivers Greenway planning new Chain of Rocks Park Opening in for Spring 2024 | Riverfront Times

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Great Rivers Greenway will open a new Chain of Rocks Park just in time for spring.

The new park will be on the Missouri side of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and will aim to bring people to the site on a regular basis with enhancements in safety, security, event opportunities and the facilities needed to support them. 

Since 2019, Great Rivers Greenway, partners and community members have worked together to plan and design a new vision for the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge site at the western end of the historic Route 66 Bridge.

"This is something that has been coming from community engagement for years," says Vice President of Communications Emma Klues. "The planning effort was throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021, but  we've heard from the community about this site for the last 10 to 20 years."

MoBikeFed comment: The Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River is a Route 66 landmark and one of the most scenic areas in the St Louis region. The old bridge has been converted to use as a bike/ped trail.

However, the western entrance and parking lot to the bridge has been a long-time thorn in the side, with numerous break-ins and robberies that made the western trailhead nearly unusable.

It is great to see Great Rivers Greenway grasping the bull by the horns and working with numerous partners to turn the Missouri terminus of the bridge into the destination it really should be.

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