Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

National Park Service initiates public planning process for Arch improvements

May 8, 2008, 4:24 pm

The National Park Service (NPS) announced Thursday it is initiating an 18-month public planning process to consider improvements to the grounds of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, including building a major new destination facility to help revitalize the Mississippi riverfront.

The NPS said the memorial's existing management plan, in place since 1960, is in need of updating. The types of changes that will be considered include streetscape changes, accessible walkways to the underground visitor center and museum, and to the grounds from the riverfront.

The plan will also examine a pedestrian walkway connecting the Arch grounds to the grounds near the Old Courthouse, a concept that was included in architect Eero Saarinen's original plans, according to Frank Mares, deputy superintendent of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.