About the St. Vincent Greenway from the Great Rivers Greenway Team
(Full St. Vincent Greenway details can be found on GRG’s site HERE)

This section of the St. Vincent Greenway takes you through the lush and shady grounds of St. Vincent County Park, across the rolling hills of the University of Missouri campus all the way to the North Hanley Metrolink Station. There is lots to explore and enjoy along this greenway. The University of Missouri campus is situated in the northern part of the greenway. Even though this greenway is in St. Louis County, it feels a bit rural. Be sure to stop and read the interpretive signage that tells the story of the historic St. Vincent Hospital that still stands within the park. There is also a boardwalk where you can enjoy views of Engelholm Creek.

The paved trail meanders through St. Vincent Park and the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. The trail is mostly flat throughout the park, but the rolling hills found on the UMSL campus are remnants of its past life as the Bellerive Country Club golf course. It offers a nice mix of sun and shade. The paved trail on the UMSL campus is known as the Wayne Goode Trail, named after the famed Missouri legislator. It ties together the north and south campuses along with St. Vincent County Park and the Ted Jones trail, which extends 2.2 miles north to Old Town Ferguson.


History of the area surrounding the St. Vincent Greenway
(from the Beyond Housing website)

THE 24:1 INITIATIVE BUILDING A STRONGER ST. LOUIS. ONCE AND FOR ALL.

The 24:1 Initiative is a nationally-recognized community development effort created by Beyond Housing to address the fundamental challenges within the municipalities in the Normandy school district in North St. Louis County.

The name “24:1” was chosen by the community and represents the 24 municipalities in the Normandy school district with one vision for strong communities, engaged families, and successful children. 

The 24:1 Initiative was influenced in part by the Aspen Institute’s Voices from the Field III, which is based on two decades of community change efforts. Within the study, the Aspen Institute identified several critical areas of focus necessary in making communities better places to live.

Our comprehensive approach addresses the key areas identified as crucial to community success—education, housing, health, job training and access, economic development, and personal finance—and integrates strategies at multiple levels, from individual programs to broader systemic and policy efforts.


Nonprofit Partner: Beyond Housing 

Beyond Housing is a community development organization with the mission to help entire communities become better places to live. We focus on the now 23 municipalities served by the Normandy Schools Collaborative, an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis that has suffered decades of disinvestment and decline. Beyond Housing aligns partners and resources behind priorities identified by the community to address systemic challenges and capitalize on community assets. Our work is place-based and collaborative, and its scope includes all the building blocks that make up a thriving community: housing, health, education, job readiness and access, and economic development. 

A Beyond Housing success story: 

“I began taking Beyond Housing homeownership courses, and while taking these courses, I found out they were building affordable single-family homes in Pine Lawn,” Harris says. “I knew I had to do whatever it would take for my family to live in one of those houses.”

“It’s like a breath of fresh air. It provides a fresh start to new beginnings – a second chance at life,” says Harris. “I’ve reached my credit score, budgeting and other financial goals. Beyond Housing has meant everything to me and my children – their support is endless and invaluable. I consider them family because they took me in and built me up.” – Mary Harris, Pine Lawn Manor Resident

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