National Park Service Takes Next Step in Revitalization Project of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Contributed By: National Park Service
WASHINGTON DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that
the National Park Service (NPS) has initiated the next step in the proposed
revitalization of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and remains on
track to have the project completed in time for the 50th anniversary of
completion of the Gateway Arch in 2015.
The NPS has opened a five week scoping period as part of the Environmental
Assessment (EA). Members of the public are invited and encouraged to share
their comments, concerns, or questions regarding the scope of the EA for
proposed physical changes to the park and facilities as a result of the
recent international design competition.
“The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial’s revitalization can serve as a
model of how great urban parks can provide opportunities for outdoor
recreation and invite more people to fully enjoy our nation’s natural
beauty, culture and history,” Salazar said. “I encourage members of the
public to engage in this design process as we seek to revitalize the park
and strengthen its connections to both banks of the Mississippi River.”
The park’s November 2009 General Management Plan directed the design
competition as a means to revitalize Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
by improving connections to the city and expanding programming, facilities,
and partnerships, and to enhance the visitor experience. The winner,
Michael VanValkenburg and Associates from New York, was selected by a jury
from five finalists.
“The Gateway Arch symbolizes our nation’s desire to move boldly toward the
future,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “Today’s
announcement is another step in that direction as we work to improve the
park for the surrounding communities, for the nation, and for generations
The major components of the project currently under consideration include:
- a landscaped “lid” over the depressed lanes of I-70 between the Gateway Arch grounds and downtown;
- renovation of the underground museum and a new entrance;
- accessibility improvements and new exhibits in the Old Courthouse;
- development of accessible trails to the riverfront;
- expanded visitor programming and amenities on the Gateway Arch grounds; and
- improvements to the sustainability of the landscape at the park.
Secretary Salazar has made several visits to the park grounds as Secretary
of the Interior, most recently in December, 2010 when he toured the park
and reviewed the winning design concept. Salazar said that the project
complements the goal of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors
Initiative to establish great urban parks and expand opportunities for all
Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation.
A scoping newsletter can be found here
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/jeff_ea_newsletter. Comments on the project can
be submitted electronically on the NPS planning comment web site at
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/JEFF. Written comments may be addressed to
Superintendent, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 11 N. 4th Street,
St. Louis, MO 63102. All comments must be received by August 30, 2011.
Keywords: National Park Service, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Posted: July 23, 2011
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