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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Group promises additional yearly funding for Arch grounds

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Group promises additional yearly funding for Arch grounds

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Records show a taxpayer-funded trails district has doubled its commitment to pay yearly operations costs at the new Gateway Arch grounds. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Great Rivers Greenway executive director Susan Trautman gained board approval to pay about $1 million a year toward landscaping maintenance and operations. Records obtained […]

Group promises additional yearly funding for Arch grounds

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Records show a taxpayer-funded trails district has doubled its commitment to pay yearly operations costs at the new Gateway Arch grounds.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Great Rivers Greenway executive director Susan Trautman gained board approval to pay about $1 million a year toward landscaping maintenance and operations. Records obtained by the newspaper show Trautman doubled that commitment without asking the board, which has questioned the National Park Service’s estimate that it’ll cost $2.6 million annually to maintain the park.

Great Rivers and CityArchRiver, the nonprofit formed to raise money for the $380 million renovation project, had agreed to split the bill. But Great Rivers’ new agreement predicts neither group has enough money to cover those costs.

Great Rivers and the Park Service are scheduled to meet Thursday.

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By Colin Jeffery

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