Coming next summer, a complete makeover of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

When St. Louis citizens witnessed the opening ceremonies for the city’s famous Arch in 1967, it was billed as a monument to westward expansion. Next summer, when a redesign of the parklands surrounding the famous monument have their grand opening, the focus will be squarely on the city and how its evolved.

Set to open next July during the annual Fair St. Louis, the $380 million renovation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and surrounding parks and riverfront seeks to improve the “Arch experience,” making the famed riverfront and Eero Saarinen-designed steel arch more accessible to St. Louisans and visitors alike. Overseen by a non-profit called the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, the project, formerly called CityArchRiver, aims to leverage the waterfront and better connect it with downtown.

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