Monday, October 6, 2014
On Sept. 28, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group celebrated the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Old North Walking Club with a Walk to the Trestle. The Trestle is a 1.5 mile abandoned railroad alignment purchased by Great Rivers Greenway and planned for future development as a “Rails to Trails” paved and landscaped bike and walking path.
The Trestle will connect the Riverfront Trail to the southeastern corner of Old North, as the Trestle touches down near the intersection of Howard and Hadley.
As it crosses over Interstate 70, the Trestle offers phenomenal views of downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River, the North Broadway commercial corridor, Produce Row, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and Old North.
The Old North Walking Club and a few new friends met at the ONSLRG office on N. 14th Street and made the 0.8 mile trek to The Trestle, where the participants could enjoy spectacular views and and refreshing and delicious treats at a picnic on the Trestle. A total of 55 people took part on the walk and picnic.
At the Hadley Street “trailhead” of the Trestle, Todd Antoine of Great Rivers Greenway met the group to provide a brief orientation on what The Trestle’s neighbors would be able to see.
On the Trestle, Todd showed how The Trestle fits into the broader plans for a regional, connected greenway.
Other display boards showed renderings of what the Trestle will look like when completed.
After looking at the plans and renderings of what will be coming to the Trestle, the Old North residents and friends got to go explore what the Trestle looks like today, while taking in the incredible views.
The tour of the Trestle concluded with a one-of-a-kind picnic with neighbors…
After the fun on the Trestle, the group enjoyed a leisurely walk back to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, past many of the neighborhood’s amenities, including Jackson Park (above) and the tree-lined streets of architecturally significant homes (below).
Thank you to Great Rivers Greenway for providing financial support to make it possible for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group to host the Old North Walking Club this past summer. For more about GRG, click HERE.
With this support, the Old North Walking Club went out for 28 separate group walks with 60 different individuals participating. The walks averaged 9.42 people participating per week on walks. If we add up every individual’s walking time and distance, our walking club collectively walked 456 miles (equivalent to walking from St. Louis to Detroit) and for 283 hours (almost 12 days straight of walking!)
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