Results and Accomplishments
After eight years’ effort, the nationally recognized initiative of private and public agencies working in partnership on The Confluence have implemented the following projects and programs:
CONSERVATION. more than 10,000 acres now in public ownership at the majestic Confluence of the Great Rivers. The Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, the Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park and the Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area are now open to the public. Publicly approved plans are in place to conserve, restore and improve Chouteau Island’s 5500 acres in the Mississippi River, just 3 miles north of the Arch.
HERITAGE. Three new Confluence centers now interpret key aspects of this heritage to the public: the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center and the National Great Rivers Museum. Reflecting on a River, a large-scale ceramic mural on the downtown floodwall that highlights the natural history of the Mississippi River was completed with extensive community participation
In the future, the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing, Missouri’s first and only nationally designated Underground Railroad Site, the Laclede Power Building. a former electrical generating plant, dating from 1902, and the Chouteau Island,/Route 66 Visitor Center will The Confluence.
RECREATION. Our regional riverfronts and adjacent communities from the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis to confluences of the Mississippi and the Missouri and Illinois Rivers are connected by a system of 100 miles of multi-use trails, providing ready access to most facilities and uniting Missouri and Illinois at key points via historic bridges - Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and Eads Bridge.
SPECIAL EVENTS & PROGRAMS. As these magnificent new assets dramatically expand public access to our Mississippi and Missouri riverfronts, we can promote the corridor as a community destination for learning and leisure. Exciting special events in the Confluence are serving growing audiences of regional residents and tourists. These include Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, the annual Fair Saint Louis Riverfront Bike Ride, and a wide variety of Lewis and Clark Bicentennial programs at locations throughout the Confluence corridor.