St. Louis Gets $550,000 in Aid for Bike and Pedestrian Trails

Governor Jay Nixon was in St. Louis yesterday to announce that the region would soon receive more than $550,000 in federal grants to build and improve its trail system for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The money comes via the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which applied for, and was awarded, the federal funds. (Yes, federal monies! Expect Missouri legislators to begin protesting this wasteful use of federal tax dollars in T-minus 3,2,1...)

Nixon, meanwhile, contends that the trails will serve a dual purpose in (hopefully) getting our fat asses off the couch and increasing local tourism.

"By constructing these trails, we not only will get Missourians out of the house and on the move, but we'll also boost our tourism industry and help grow local businesses and our economy," Nixon said in a statement.

The grants go toward the following five projects in the region:

  • Forest Park will get $100,000 to finish a bike and walking path from Steinberg Rink to the zoo. 
  • Audubon Center at Riverlands gets $100,000 to to improve an existing 1.5-mile trail system through its 3,700 acres of prairie marsh and bottomland forest in the heart of the Mississippi River Flyway.
  • Chesterfield will get $100,000 to help fund a 900-foot section of an approximately 1.5-mile Riparian Corridor Trail that will run generally along Chesterfield Creek. 
  • Clayton is to receive $100,000 to finance a new 1.8-mile accessible asphalt recreational trail within Charles A. Shaw Park. 
  • Sunset Hills also will receive $100,000 to construct a .9-mile section of the Meramec Greenway connecting Minnie Ha Ha Park to Tapawingo Golf Course.
  • Fenton, meanwhile, will receive around $51,000 to develop a new 1,500-foot accessible trail segment connecting the Meramec Greenway Trail to a new trailhead located in Fenton's Olde Town Plaza Park.