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Picnic in Your Park

June 09, 2024

Basket sales for Picnic in Your Park are closed. The fourth annual Picnic in Your Park, hosted by our Friends Advisory Board, is on Sunday, June 9, 2024.…

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Renovations have begun at historic Old Courthouse

Renovations to the Old Courthouse have begun! This is only the second significant renovation to the Old Courthouse since it was built between 1839 and…

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Sunrise Yoga, Bootcamp Programs Welcome More than 1,070 Attendees in Kiener Plaza

The eighth season of Gateway Arch Park Foundation’s Sunrise Yoga – which for the third year included complementary program Sunrise Bootcamp – set a new…

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Paddle Your Park

Paddle Your Park Welcomes more than 240 Students to Learn about Biodiversity, Watershed Issues

Paddle Your Park Brings Over 240 Students to Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton Gateway Arch Park Foundation continues to support Paddle Your Park,…

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What We Do

Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservancy and the official philanthropic partner of Gateway Arch National Park and its surrounding areas in Downtown St. Louis.

The Foundation was initially formed in 2009 as part of the public-private partnership to fund and coordinate the CityArchRiver Project, which transformed and enhanced the Arch experience for everyone. Today, we collaborate with partners to operate and maintain these improvements and continue to innovate.

As a conservancy, we provide funding for the park’s ongoing conservation and preservation, as well as educational opportunities for students, educators and the public.

We also focus on hosting, facilitating and promoting events on the grounds to activate these reimagined spaces. In so doing, we spotlight unique local businesses and entrepreneurs who serve as event vendors, and we invite the entire region to join us in invigorating the jewel of St. Louis and making the Gateway Arch a destination of choice for generations to come.

Membership is Monumental

Our members play a vital role in providing critical support for Gateway Arch National Park’s ongoing conservation, education, and community engagement programs.

Become a steward of an international icon and enjoy special member benefits throughout the year, which may include

  • “Tram Rides to the Top” passes
  • Complimentary Parking and Discounts
  • Special Member Only Events and Experiences
  • Riverfront Cruise, Café, and Shopping Discounts
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Our Impact


Framing a Modern Masterpiece

Five decades after the completion of the Gateway Arch, the site remained "an island," severed from the rest of the city by busy highways, and disconnected from the Mississippi River. Acknowledging this, the National Park Service created a new general management plan for the Arch grounds in 2009, the first such update in 40 years. The same year, The City + The Arch + The River 2015: Framing a Modern Masterpiece International Design Competition was launched. An immense public-private project began in 2013 when CityArchRiver Project partners broke ground on a new plan to reimagine, connect, enhance, and transform the Arch and surrounding park for future generations.

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Museum at the Gateway Arch

The Museum at the Gateway Arch covers more than 200 years of history about the westward expansion of the United States told from diverse perspectives, with an emphasis on St. Louis’ paramount role in that era. 


In a unique arrangement, the Foundation provides for the ongoing maintenance and innovation of the Museum's exhibits through a contract with Pacific Studio, the company that fabricated and installed the exhibits in 2018. In 2021, 43 Museum projects were completed by Pacific Studio. The Foundation also funds smaller maintenance needs conducted by local personnel as they arise from day to day.

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