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Mission Statement

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The park was conceived in the 1930s to preserve St. Louis's role as the "gateway to the west". The Gateway Arch was completed in 1965, during the height of the NPS Mission 66 Initiative. The master plan will be complete with the construction of the Gateway Arch Connector, a proposed centennial project, in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Gateway Arch in 2015, and the centennial of the NPS in 2016. This project will set the standard of excellence in urban park design.

In 2016, this park will be more relevant in the daily lives of the people who visit. The park will epitomize the value of working in partnership with our community to provide educational and recreational opportunities in and adjacent to the park, utilizing resources such as the Mississippi River Trail. The park will connect with a diverse urban population by providing improved accessibility, utilizing technology and experiential learning to capture the imagination of youth and providing life-long learning opportunities for visitors of all ages to nurture a stewardship ethic.

Engaging the American public in a deeper more meaningful way will be a hallmark of centennial efforts at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

The park will lead by example to integrate the stewardship goals of historic preservation and cultural landscape preservation with environmental leadership qualities of sustainability and energy conservation, inspiring others to model innovative practices. Staff and partner excellence will ensure a restored Historic Old Courthouse and will raise the bar for interpretation in a new Museum of Westward Expansion.

Strengthening existing partnerships with Jefferson National Parks Association and Metro Business Enterprises to fully integrate visitor services and mentoring NPS staff to excellence in collaboration will be the foundation for success. We will create a sustainable funding model with continuing support from Congress and by joining with the philanthropic community to endow the park for the future. Through this vision, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial will inspire preservation of park resources and promote exceptional visitor experiences, serving as a model for urban parks around the world.


Volunteers are need to assist -

with visitors with information and help, so that they may maximize all aspects of the park.

with various projects throughout the park and the Historic Courthouse.

Many volunteer are needed for a variety of activites.



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