On Saturday, April 7, Spring into Your Park returns to Gateway Arch National Park for the second year, welcoming the region to rediscover St. Louis’ only urban national park that honors the city’s role in the westward expansion of the United States.
The free community festival takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the park’s North Gateway [near Laclede’s Landing]. Attendees are invited to come hear live music, enjoy a yoga session and face painting, compete in lawn games and get sketched by character artists – all for free! Visitors also will get a chance to participate in the Discovery Map Challenge, a scavenger hunt tour of the park designed to showcase the park’s transformation. Food trucks will also be on site.
Spring into Your Park will mark the first time in four years that Gateway Arch National Park is free of all surrounding construction fencing. According to organizers, event attendees will be some of the first to experience the complete CityArchRiver vision for the park and its mission to better connect the Arch to downtown St. Louis.
The $380-million CityArchRiver project that renovated the park and its surrounding areas was made possible by a historic partnership between the private sector and federal, state and local government agencies.
“We’re eager to show people how all the pieces of the CityArchRiver project have come together, and how they can be part of the exciting next chapter of the Arch’s history,” said Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “Gateway Arch National Park is a beautiful place to spend time outdoors with friends and family, and we’re excited to continue to show off the renovated park to our regional community.”
Spring into Your Park leads up to the GO! St. Louis Marathon on Sunday, April 8, which starts and finishes on the riverfront for the second year in its history.
For more information, visit www.archpark.orgspring.