Picnic to be held on St. Louis Riverfront to celebrate opening part of City Arch River Project

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A significant part of the City Arch River Project is about to open to the public.

A huge picnic will be happening on the riverfront Thursday and everyone is invited.

When people come to the riverfront to visit the arch many also like to get a close up view of the river and this is where they do it, Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and after two and a half years of rebuilding it the barricades are coming down.

There will be 2000 foot long table here on Leonor K. Sullivan to celebrate the completion of its transformation, which is part of the City Arch River Project.

FOX 2 took a tour earlier today with the project manager who showed all the new elements, some decorative, some practical and all improved over what was here before.

Most important they have raised the roadway almost two feet on average, which should allow the riverfront to recapture 70 percent of the days normally lost to flooding.

There is still a lot to do to finish the rest of the city arch river project.  The north and south ends of the arch grounds should be done this fall, with everything finished by fall of 2017.

As for the picnic, it will follow a ribbon cutting tomorrow at 5:00 pm and ends with a short fireworks display at 8:30 pm.

And if you can`t come for that don`t worry, they have lots of other events planned for this summer and fall to reunite St. Louisans back to the river.