2886 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO, 63303 / Cake artist: Mark Swain

 

This cake was located at the spot where two important trails in Missouri will come together. It is currently being planned that the Centennial Greenway will connect bikers/joggers/runners to the Katy Trail from most parts of St. Louis, including downtown! The KATY Trail, where the cake was, is Missouri’s longest trail and the longest ‘rails to trails’ path in the United States. At 237.7 miles, the trail starts at Clinton, MO and ends at the Edward ‘Ted’ and Pat Jones State Park. It is mostly concurrent with the Missouri River. Edward ‘Ted’ Jones donated $2 million for the construction of this trail. The Centennial Greenway, named for the 100th anniversary of the World’s Fair and the founding of University City, is currently being constructed. Some parts are finished, as the trail can run from Forest Park to Creve Coeur Memorial Park, and from this point to the St. Charles Heritage Museum. It is destined to be a 20-mile trail from St. Charles to St. Louis.

The cake, as it sits beside the trail and parking lot
The cake, as it sits beside the trail and parking lot

Centennial Greenway sign

Cake placement date: February 26

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $610 on 1/1/2015 to the Cakelovers. It was later in the possession of its artist, Mark Swain. It is now the “Saturday Morning Cartoon Cake”, which was unveiled on 4/17/2015 at the R Space Gallery in Soulard. The newly-repainted cake has been displayed in several places around St. Louis since.  (April 2017)

Memories:  During the summer of 2014, the cake was subject to vandalism when someone sprayed a peace sign on the top of the cake.

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