Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

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Park Address and contact information

185 W. Trendley Ave., East St. Louis, IL 62201 (see note below)
Phone: 618.346.4905

DRIVING DIRECTIONS - IMPORTANT NOTICES: Most mapping services and gps devices do not provide accurate driving directions to the park. We strongly encourage the use of the directions listed within the link shown above. Also, road construction is taking place around the park. Watch for detour signs.

Park Hours

7AM to 10PM, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The park closes during some ice and snow events. Call 618-874-2528 in advance of your trip during periods of inclement weather.

Gateway Geyser Schedule

April through September
Daily eruptions at noon, 6PM, and 9PM (each 10-minutes)
Each eruption is dependent on current wind and weather conditions.
The Gateway Geyser hibernates November through March.

GATEWAY GEYSER - IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to mechanical and pond liner repairs, the Gateway Geyser will not erupt the remainder of the 2017 season. The park hours are not affected by this work. We apologize for any inconvenience!

About the Gateway Geyser

The tallest water fountain in the United States and second tallest in the world, capable of rising to 630 feet, the Gateway Geyser began operations on May 27, 1995, helping to fulfill Malcolm W. Martin's vision of creating a landmark along the Illinois riverfront that would complement the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Geyser was established with the help of the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, a non-profit group founded by Malcolm W. Martin, whose members raised $4 million in private donations to construct the geyser.

Gateway Geyser - By the Numbers

Powered by three 800-horsepower pumps, the Gateway Geyser can blast 7,500 gallons of water per minute straight up at a rate of 250 feet per second.

Each eruption of the Gateway Geyser lasts approximately 10 minutes (wind/weather permitting).

When the wind is less than 4 mph, the Gateway Geyser reaches a maximum height of 630 feet into the sky, matching the height of the Gateway Arch.

Four smaller fountains erupt 100 feet into the air, surrounding the Gateway Geyser, symbolizing the Mississippi, Missouri, Meramec and Illinois rivers.

The Gateway Geyser is the tallest fountain in the U.S. and the world's second tallest fountain; second to King Fahd's Fountain in Saudi Arabia which is capable of reaching a height of 853 feet.

About the Park

On June 7th, 2005, Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis transferred title of the Gateway Geyser and 34.1 acres, now known as Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park, to Metro East Park and Recreation District (MEPRD). The Gateway Center had worked tirelessly for 40 years to protect 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 and Gateway Arch directly across the Mississippi 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 generosity made the project possible.

In January 2006, the East St. Louis City Council passed a resolution designating the property as a park/conservation area to help facilitate the project's development and preserve the land for years to come. The park's development has been largely funded through donations provided by the Gateway Center, valued at over $15 million, for both the park's development and its ongoing maintenance/operations. The Gateway Center continues to support major developments within the park, which today is not only home to the Gateway Geyser, but also the Mississippi River Overlook. The Malcolm. W. Martin Memorial Park officially opened to the public in the spring of 2009.

The Mississippi River Overlook (MRO) stands 40 ft. tall on the west end of the park. Its tiered structure boasts stainless steel railings and architectural concrete. Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is no doubt the best place to photograph the Gateway Arch and St. Louis Skyline! Many St. Louis postcards are captured by photographers from the MRO! It offers visitors marvelous views of the park and unprecedented views of the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, and the St. Louis city skyline. The park also provides passive open green space, ideal for play or picnics! Metro East Park and Recreation District owns and operates the park.

About Malcolm W. Martin (1912-2004)

Malcolm W. Martin was born in St. Louis in 1912. He graduated from Yale University in 1933 and St. Louis City College of Law in 1941, the same year in which he co-founded Martin, Peper, and Martin with his father and Chris Peper. Shortly after founding the firm, the United States entered into World War Two.  Martin was drafted into the U.S. Army as a private, spending much of his service time in London. He was promoted to sergeant, and was later involved in planning the D-Day invasion at Normandy. He studied the tides of the English Channel to find the best place, time, and method for the ships to arrive on the beaches. These contributions led to his promotion to captain, and involvement in coordinating the ships on D-Day. He later described it as being a "super traffic cop…..with about 5,000 ships in the channel". For his contributions in planning and coordinating the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, he received a Bronze Star.

After the war Martin continued his contributions to the community. He was one of the founders of KETC Channel 9 and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. He was a trustee of the St. Louis Symphony, a member and president of the St. Louis Board of Education from 1965-1977, Chairman of the St. Louis Committee on Foreign Relations, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and trustee of the St. Louis Art Museum. He received the 1984 St. Louis Award and the National Conservation Award of the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1988 for work related to the proposed future development of the east bank extension of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Before the Gateway Arch was completed in 1965, Martin wanted to extend the Memorial Park to encompass both sides of the river, and complete Eero Saarinen’s (the architect of the Gateway Arch) original vision for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which included an Illinois component. Martin became chairman of the executive committee of the federal commission established in 1987 to plan the Illinois extension and established the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis. He organized and led the Gateway Center and used his own money to purchase over thirty acres of land for the Illinois extension.

Making the Illinois expansion of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial a reality was Malcolm Martin’s top priority and goal. Upon Mr. Martin's death in 2004, Malcolm donated over $5 million to the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis to continue this work. A goal the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis and Metro East Park and Recreation District continue to lobby and strive for to this day.


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