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City Affair XXVII: Picnic at the Iron Horse Trestle

Thursday, June 30, 2011 Leave a Comment

It's the middle of the summer, it's hot and humid and only a 4 day work week. The City Affair crew thought it wouldn't be good enough to just host another discussion, so we're throwing a picnic!

Not just any picnic, July City Affair will focus on bold plans for the North Riverfront of St. Louis with a walking tour of the future site of Great Rivers Greenway's Iron Horse Trestle Project.



Rendering of the Proposed Iron Horse Trestle

St. Louis is poised to become the site of the third linear park in the world. The Iron Horse Trestle, like the High Line in New York and the Promenade Plantée in Paris, will face a challenging implementation. At the same time as engineering for this visionary project is underway, the St. Louis Development Corporation is preparing to relegate 3,000 acres of the North Riverfront to only industrial use. What can we do as interested citizens to secure room for recreation and redevelopment on the North Riverfront?

Addressing these issues will be:
Todd Antoine - Deputy Director of Planning for Great Rivers Greenway
Phil Valko - Active Living Program Manager at Trailnet
Jennifer Allen - Program Coordinator for Trailnet

We will picnic at 7:00PM at the corner of Howard and Hadley.
We will bring grilling apparatus, fuel, plates and cups. Please consider purchasing picnic supplies at the community-owned Old North Grocery Co-op (http://oldnorthgrocery.com/).
The Co-op is located at 8 blocks from the picnic site at 2718 N. 13th Street and is open until 7PM.

The Co-op offers a full array of farm-fresh produce, meat from Lee Farms, Vess and Fitz's Soda and other staples. Currently the Co-op does not sell beer.

At 7:45PM, Todd Antoine will lead interested participants on a walking tour of the former Illinois Terminal Railroad trestle that is will be transformed into the Iron Horse Trestle.

Following the walk, Phil Valko will discuss new plans for a pedestrian and bike connection between Old North St. Louis and the St. Louis Riverfront Trail. Jennifer Allen will discuss the impending North Riverfront RFP (request for proposals) process by SLDC and what Trailnet and other organizations are doing to ensure mixed-use and recreational accessibility in the 3,000 acre area.

Open discussion will follow the trestle tour and the brief presentations.

City Affair XXVII: Picnic at the Iron Horse Trestle

July 7th 2011 from 7:00-9:00PM @ the intersection of Howard and Hadley Streets St. Louis Missouri 63106


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  • Anonymous said:  

    nice idea, thanks for sharing...