ST. LOUIS (AP) — The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park has been dedicated, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that some see as a template for the future of the national park system.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and U.S. Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt were among those who spoke Tuesday at a ceremony alongside the 630-foot-tall (192-meter) monument to westward expansion on the St. Louis riverfront.
A five-year project transformed the Arch museum. The grounds around the Arch were upgraded and a grassy park was built over nearby Interstate 44 to allow people to move more easily between the area around the Arch and the rest of downtown St. Louis.
About two-thirds of the project was funded by private donations. A local sales tax and state and federal grants paid the rest.