ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT / IMPLEMENTING CITYARCHRIVER INITIATIVE ELEMENTS
PURPOSE OF AND NEED FORACTION
The purpose o the proposed action analyzedin this Environmental Assessment (EA) is toulill the goal o revitalizing Jeerson NationalExpansion Memorial, as called or by theselected action in the November 2009 Recordo Decision (ROD) or the park’s GeneralManagement Plan (GMP)/EnvironmentalImpact Statement. While the GMP provideddirection on the type o projects that could beimplemented, the 2009 selected action calledor the National Park Service (NPS), in closecoordination with its partners, to initiate adesign competition that would provide a widebreadth o ideas on how to meet this goal,and, ultimately, orm the basis or the design o more speciic projects.The design competition began in December2009 and the winning team and design wereselected in September 2010. The NPS nowneeds to evaluate projects proposed by thewinning team and park partners that havethe potential to cause physical changes to thepark grounds. Action is needed now so thatprojects may be inished in time or the 50thanniversary o completion o the GatewayArch (October 28, 2015).
OBJECTIVES IN TAKINGACTION
The National Park Service considers objectivesto be those goals that must be achieved to alarge degree or the action to be considered asuccess (NPS 2001). All alternatives selected ordetailed analysis must meet project objectivesand resolve the purpose o and need or action.Many o the objectives developed by NPSor this action incorporate or relect the goals
o the design competition relevant to thoseproject components. Additionally, goals orthe Central Riverront have been identiied byGreat Rivers Greenway District, and are alsointegrated in the objectives listed below.
Ensure that revitalization o the parkrelects the iconic status o the GatewayArch and embraces the Mississippi River,but does not violate requirements in theNPS Organic Act or NPS ManagementPolicies 2006.
Working with partners, catalyze increasedvitality in the St. Louis region and createattractors to promote extended visitationto the Arch, the city, and the river.
Ensure that the revitalization o thepark and improvements to the CentralRiverront preserve the integrity andhonor the character- deining elementso the National Historic Landmarkand relevant National Register HistoricDistricts.
Avoid unacceptable impacts on thecultural landscapes, historic resources,and archeological resources as a result o revitalizing the park and improving theCentral Riverront.
VISITOR USE AND EXPERIENCE
Ensure that revitalization o the park and theCentral Riverront improves connectionsamongst the city, the park, and the river.