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Gateway Arch Park Foundation's mission is to ensure the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public spaces, and attractions will be a vital, welcoming, and well-supported resource for the community and nation for generations to come.

We are 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 founded in 2009 as part of the public-private partnership to fund and coordinate the development of the CityArchRiver Project, which connected, invigorated and expanded the Arch grounds. This project represented the largest private investment in a national park in U.S. history and established the Foundation as a model for other conservancies across the country.

Today, we collaborate with partners in the Arch Alliance to operate and maintain these improvements and continue to innovate to make the jewel of St. Louis — the Gateway Arch — a destination of choice for generations to come.

Mission Pillars

We seek to fulfill our mission by providing for ongoing conservation, preservation and education at the park, in addition to hosting, facilitating and promoting community programs that bring the park and its surrounding areas to life.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Arch belongs to everyone.

Gateway Arch Park Foundation seeks to create inclusive environments for people to be themselves by identifying, accepting, embracing, and celebrating our differences. We are authentic in our work in Gateway Arch National Park and Downtown St. Louis by creating places, programming, and experiences that reflect the community.

We are committed to ensuring all feel welcome at the Arch.

Core Values

Always moving forward – honoring our past, learning from mistakes, and building a legacy that will serve generations to come.

Relationship driven – Upholding our role as a member of the Arch Alliance while fostering meaningful community partnerships and donors. 

Commitment to our community – dedicated to bringing the Arch grounds and Downtown St. Louis to life, celebrating our hometown national monument and elevating it for the world to see.

Have and create fun – Promoting a fun and diverse work environment to empower each team member to meet their full potential and be at their best. Creating programs and events that are accessible to all and make lasting memories.


Philanthropic essential partner –  Providing the funding to maintain the park at a standard of excellence through additional and necessary resources public funds alone cannot provide.

Adaptable & flexible – have the willingness and ability to act swiftly and ethically to find resolutions for the good of the park, its visitors and the region. 

Represent the values and diversity of the people we serve. Create an inviting, welcoming and safe space for all.

Key innovative change agent to bring forth new ideas and opportunities and creatively solve problems while effectively navigating obstacles.

Our Commitment to Downtown St. Louis

In 2023 we were recognized as a Greater St. Louis, Inc. Investor, acknowledging our commitment to the region and to driving growth in the metro area.

As one of the only nonprofits located in Downtown St. Louis, we're dedicated to ensuring our corner of the heart of St. Louis — Gateway Arch National Park (which includes the Old Courthouse), Kiener Plaza, and the St. Louis Riverfront — is activated and enjoyed by visitors and residents alike.