Saint Louis Gateway Arch
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
11 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102
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Free Yoga Under the Arch
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 1, 2013 - Starting Saturday, May 4, area residents are invited to view the majestic Gateway Arch from a whole new perspective as they participate in FREE weekly morning yoga sessions on the Arch grounds. The one-hour classes will take place every Saturday morning at 9 am through Sept. 28.
Led by experienced South City YMCA yoga instructors, the classes will focus on beginning and intermediate yoga exercises that are perfect for beginners looking to learn the fundamentals of yoga, as well as the more experienced yoga enthusiasts who are looking for a free way to relax and connect with nature. The classes will combine posture and breathing, and focus on strength, flexibility, stamina and deep relaxation of the mind and body.
"The Gateway Arch is a beautiful, serene setting for taking part in yoga exercises," said Ann Honious, Chief of Museum Services and Interpretation at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. "These free sessions are offered seasonally, and the response has been great. This is a way for the national park to promote the use of the Arch Grounds for healthy activity."
While the event is free and open to the public, participants are encouraged to make reservations in advance at ticketsforthearch.com. In doing so, they will receive free parking at the Arch Parking Garage.
For more information on the yoga sessions, visit www.gatewayarch.com or call 877-982-1410.
CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation has unveiled plans to enhance the visitor experience to the Gateway Arch Riverfront with new bike path, interlocking stone pedestrian walkway, curved cast stone seating, new lighting and bald cypress trees lining a raised Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard. Rendering courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
CityArchRiver 2015 Remains on Track for Completion by 50th Anniversary of the Arch
Rendering of the new project, from the trailhead at Chouteau Avenue to the trailhead at Biddle Street, north of the Gateway Arch.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 17, 2013 - CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation has announced that plans to enhance the Arch experience for everyone remain on track for completion by October 2015. Plans were unveiled during a special Report to the Community, April 16, held at the Ferrara Theatre in the America's Center.
Partner organizations, including Great Rivers Greenway, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the National Park Service, detailed coming traffic changes and riverfront improvements at the third annual Report to the Community. New museum exhibit designs for the Old Courthouse and the museum under the Arch were also unveiled.
In a release, Walter Metcalfe, chairman of CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, said "All of us are moving forward together to complete these transformative changes by October 28, 2015, and enhance the Arch experience for everyone. Over half of the components of this project are now fully funded and construction is starting this year."
Over the last year, partners have continued to collaborate on a comprehensive design for the Arch grounds to include improvements that will enhance the visitor experience with an expanded Museum, access to the river and trails to the north and south of the Arch, and increased park space and pathways. The project received a boost on April 2, when voters in St. Louis County and City approved Proposition P which will provide funding for the CityArchRiver 2015 project and regional parks and trails.
St. Louis area district engineer Ed Hassinger confirmed that MoDOT will break ground on roadway improvements this summer, marking the beginning of construction on the Park Over the Highway component. These changes will provide better access between the city, the Arch and the river and substantially improve neighboring streets for vehicles and pedestrians alike.
"MoDOT has been a committed partner in CityArchRiver 2015 from day one," said Hassinger. "We are on schedule to start construction this summer and will come in significantly under budget for the roadway improvements contained in this project."
Great Rivers Greenway District has championed the Arch and riverfront as the backbone for the River Ring - a regional system of trails that connects St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The organization is responsible for the public funds generated from the passage of Proposition P and is leading development of the riverfront portion of the project. Great Rivers Greenway has appointed a Citizen Advisory Committee to provide public input on the visitor experience, programming and sustainability.
"We thank the voters of St. Louis County and City for choosing to invest in this project and our parks and trails," said Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway. "We are committed to working with the public and all project partners to create a more connected region through enhancing the visitor experience at the riverfront and on the Arch grounds. This project fits perfectly with our organization's goal to make the St. Louis region a better place to live."
Across the board, speakers affirmed that project timelines remain on schedule to celebrate the invigorated Arch experience by October 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch. Tom Bradley, superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial reported that work on the National Park Service Environmental Assessment for the design is complete and nearing final approval.
David Donoghue with Haley Sharpe Design, the team providing planning and design for exhibits at the Museum of Westward Expansion under the Arch and the Old Courthouse, provided a glimpse into the new and expanded exhibits and programming CityArchRiver 2015 will bring. Working with park historians, local scholars and a Universal Design Group, Haley Sharpe is creating an experience that will be new, interactive, relevant and appealing to all generations.
"We want to make the museum experiences at the Arch and the Old Courthouse accessible and relevant to a wide variety of audiences," said Donoghue. "The stories we are developing for these museums will explore both the story of America's westward expansion and also provide more focus on St. Louis' pivotal role in that story."
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St. Louis Gateway Arch Provides Spectacular View of St. Louis City From 360 Feet Above
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park was established on the banks of the Mississippi River, on December 21, 1935, to commemorate the westward growth of the United States between 1803 and 1890. Cost for the $30 million national monument was shared by the federal government and the City of St. Louis.
The park features the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen who won the design competition in 1947. The stainless steel structure rises 630 feet high from a 60-foot foundation and spans 630 feet at ground level. Its classic weighted catenary curve sways 1/2" - 1" in 20 mph wind. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, built at a cost of $13 million began February 12, 1963 with the "topping out" on October 28, 1965. It was dedicated in 1966.
The floor plan of the Underground Visitor Center follows a circular pattern with galleries depicting a 100-year span of westward expansion and the Tucker Theatre. Additional attractions include two passenger trams to the observation room at the top and the Museum of Westward Expansion.
Visitors to the Gateway Arch can step back in time and savor the past at Levee Mercantile. The 1870s style riverfront general store is located in the Visitor Center beneath the Arch. Many food products selected for Levee Mercantile feature Missouri artisans who use traditional recipes and time-honored production methods.
Monument to the Dream - A documentary film by Charles Guggenheim on the construction of the Arch is shown daily in the Tucker Theatre. Large screen movies are shown on the Arch's Odyssey Theatre's four story high screen featuring a 70 mm projection system and THX Sound.
Summer hours - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:10 p.m. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
Winter hours - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week from the day after Labor Day until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Arch trams will run daily starting at 9:20 am and ending at 5:10 pm. Trams to the top of the Arch leave at least every 10 minutes.
The Arch is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Accessibility at Gateway Arch - The Arch lobby and Museum of Westward Expansion are accessible by ramps located throughout the building. The Tucker Theater and Odyssey Theatre are both accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis (inquire at information desk). Wheelchairs or strollers are not allowed at the top of the Gateway Arch.
Tram tickets: $10 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Movie Tickets: $7 adults (16 & older); $2.50 children (3 - 15).
Tram & 1 Movie: $14 adults (16 & older); $7.50 children (3 - 15)
Tram & 2 Movies: $18 adults (16 & older); $10 children (3 - 15)
2 Movies: $11 adults (16 & older); $5 children (3 - 15)
Each adult tram ticket includes a $3.00 National Park entrance fee. For more information or reservations, call 877-982-1410.
St. Louis Historic Old Cathedral
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The St. Louis' historic Old Cathedral, known officially as the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, is one of the world's most honored churches. It stands on a tiny plot on the downtown riverfront near the south leg of the Gateway Arch. The original log chapel was dedicated over 200 years ago in 1770.
In 1961, the most important honor ever afforded any American church was handed down by His Holiness, the late Pope John XXIII, who decreed Basilican status upon the church. An intensive rehabilitation program on the appearance of the Old Cathedral was completed in 1963.
Visitors can see the tomb of Bishop Joseph Rosati, builder of the present Old Cathedral building, paintings dating back to the late 1700's and a dramatic series of Arteaga photos at the Old Cathedral Museum. For more information, call 314-655-1700.
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