Tuesday, July 29, 2014

River Des Peres Extension Park

The River Des Peres Extension Park is 1 of 108 St. Louis parks. This 10.76 acre tract of land was placed into ordinance in 1954 and is located between Holly Hills Boulevard and Germania Street in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood.
This park space was nothing but a mowed patch of land before Great Rivers Greenway constructed the amazing ~1 mile Christy Greenway that runs through the park.  This is a series of paved bike/pedestrian trails that are part of the larger River Des Peres Greenway:
The River des Peres Greenway is a developing 11-mile recreation and transportation corridor that will eventually stretch from Forest Park to the Mississippi River. The greenway trail now extends from Lansdowne Avenue to Interstate 55 along the River des Peres, with a one-mile neighborhood connector—the Christy Greenway stretching from Germania Avenue to Holly Hills Boulevard. The greenway also connects to the on-street Bike St. Louis system at Holly Hills Boulevard and the Lansdowne MetroLink station. (source)
Many diverse tree species were planted throughout the park providing interest and shade to an area that was mainly mowed grass.

I love this stretch of trail.  It is such an amazing asset to the area. Even the streets that dead end into the park got the treatment.
There are grand entrances at Holly Hills, Loughborough and Germania Street complete with crosswalks and at the latter two intersections, timed crossings.
This stretch takes you over the River Des Peres on a cool pedestrian-only bridge.
Get on your bikes and ride!

2 comments:

Yojimbo said...

Great work, Mark.

A Bike Nerd said...

I love the Rdp greenway. It seems like every time I ride it I discover something new. I wish they would have followed up on Cervantes crazy idea of making the river an attractin instead of what it is....basically a drainage ditch