St. Louis is in the process of a reconstruction project which begins with the ground, literally. The first step is to compose fertile soil for landscaping at the Gateway Arch grounds in St. Louis. As part of the project, workers planted about 400,000 radishes in an effort to soften the compacted soil at the national park, which is largely low-quality clay fill. The radishes have been beneficial as they release vital nutrients into the soil. The old ash trees on the Arch grounds were at risk due to the lack of fertile soil. To remedy the problem, contractors have matched compost with the grasses that are being planted, allowing for the right mix of nutrients and organisms. Approximately $5 million has been spent to purchase and truck in tons of specific soil blends-enough to cover 18 football fields in three feet of dirt. Better soil means trees can live longer and develop deeper roots. Construction for the $380 million CityArchRiver renovation should be completed next summer, with nearly 900 London plane trees replacing the ash trees. CityArchRiver connects the Gateway Arch grounds with the East and West riverfronts and the region. The renovations are needed to accommodate for events and public education, expanded museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas and performance venues.
DIY tips for lawn and garden composting:
· Start your pile or compost bin in a dry, shady spot near a water source
· Add a blend of “greens” and “browns,” such as grass clippings and mulched leaves
· Moisten the compost with water and keep moist at all times
· Add food waste, such as fruits, veggies, egg shells, coffee grounds and more
· Turn the compost pile weekly with a shovel or pitchfork
· Compost is ready to use once it is dark and rich in color
The well-known symbol of St. Louis is in the process of being renovated. The Gateway Arch is a global icon and symbol of the St. Louis region. It represents the spirit in all of us to discover and grow. With this project comes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate the Gateway Arch and what it represents into the fabric of the region. And in doing so, make it easier for St. Louisans and visitors to safely access and enjoy a treasured monument and the space surrounding it.
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch. It is the world’s tallest arch, the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States, it is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of St. Louis. The original construction of the Arch began Feb. 12, 1963, was completed in 1965 and opened to visitors in 1968. The total building cost back then was $13 million. The monument symbolizes St. Louis’ role as an old Mississippi River town in the westward expansion of the United States. By 2017 all of the work is expected to be completed, which will include raising the ground by the river 3 feet so it floods less often. The residents of St. Louis recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of this highly acclaimed attraction. Visiting the Gateway Arch is an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors that encompasses the energy of the region, the power of the riverfront and the calm beauty of an urban national park.
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