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Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

 
 
Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 21, 2019
1. Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Marker
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On June 7th, 2005, Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis officially transferred the title of the Gateway Geyser and the 34.1 acres of grounds leading from the fountain to the Mississippi River to the Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD). Gateway had worked tirelessly for 40 years to protest the property from commercial development and, with the transfer, was entrusting MEPRD with the task of bringing to life the dream of their founder and benefactor, Malcolm W. Martin, to transform the property into a true memorial park complementing the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds across the river. On June 18th, 2005, the park was officially dedicated as the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, in honor of the man whose passion, dedication and generously made the project possible.

In January 2006, the East St. Louis City Council passed a resolution designating the property as a conservation area to help facilitate the project's development and preserve it for years to come. The park's development has been largely funded through donations provided by the Gateway Center Board, valued at over $15 million for both the
Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 21, 2019
2. Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park Marker
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park's creation and its ongoing maintenance so it can be enjoyed by future generations. Gateway's Board continues to support major developments within the park, which today is home to the Gateway Geyser and the Mississippi River Overlook and features an expansive lawn area, raised seating and paved walkways that mirror the Gateway Arch.

The Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park officially opened to the public in the spring of 2009.
 
Erected by Gateway Foundation of Metropolitan St. Louis, Metro East Park and Recreation District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 2006.
 
Location. 38° 37.386′ N, 90° 10.496′ W. Marker is in East St. Louis, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on West Trendley Avenue east of South Front Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 185 West Trendley Avenue, East Saint Louis IL 62201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mississippi River Overlook (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Gateway Geyser (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 0.4 miles away); York (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pierre Laclede (approx. half a
Additional plaque on the grounds of the park image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 21, 2019
3. Additional plaque on the grounds of the park
mile away in Missouri); In Memory of Robert E. Lee (approx. half a mile away in Missouri); The Captains' Return (approx. half a mile away in Missouri); Rock Solid (approx. half a mile away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East St. Louis.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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