Plans unveiled for Gateway Arch grounds

10:34 PM, Jan 25, 2012   |    comments
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By Mike Rush

St. Louis (KSDK) - On Wednesday night organizers unveiled the multi-million dollar plan to improve the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

It includes a design to better integrate the Arch with the city and includes lots of attractions to draw in visitors.

How about a gondola to take you around the 90 acre grounds, and when you're on the ground, trails to take you to the ponds? Also, crossing that busy Memorial Drive to get to the Arch? That headache will be history.

Memorial Drive will be capped so there will be a clear and easy walking path from the courthouse to the Arch.

The entrance to the Arch museum will be moved and made much larger. There will also be improvements to the courthouse, the square near it, and all of this will connect starting from City Garden all the way to the Arch.

It'll cost $550 million, and even though it will take a while to complete, organizers say they are serious about getting started.

"One of the things I've heard, and I've only been in St. Louis now going on four years, is let's get something done. Let's not have plans that sit on the shelf. So, this is becoming quite real and we're really going to try to get it done by 2015," said Tom Bradley with Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Ground could break by the end of this year. Federal, state and private money will all help pay for this massive undertaking.



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