Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A big rally is planned for this afternoon at Ballpark Village, but it has nothing to do with the Cardinals being back in town to take on the Pirates.

This event is being put on by the group known as CityArchRiver 2015.

Executive Director Maggie Hales says they’re launching the public phase of their on-going fundraising campaign.

So, what will that money be used for?

“Raise Leonor K. Sullivan [Blvd.] 2 1/2 feet, add bikeways, much better pedestrian pathways, new lighting, and make the whole riverfront a much better space for events,” she says.

She points out work is progressing on the lid going over the highway to allow people to safely walk onto the Arch Grounds.

Work to reset cobblestones on the Landing started last September, and some restaurant owners on Laclede’s Landing have expressed concern that their streets have been torn up for several months now.

Business owners like Mike Taylor with Hannegan’s have watched the project drag on several months past the original completion date, and customers heading elsewhere.

Hales is sympathetic, saying it’s unfortunate that the construction does cause inconveniences.

But when it wraps up next month?

“The end result is that we’re going to have a long-term gain out of this short term pain,” Hales says.

Today’s rally begins at 12:30 p.m. at Ballpark Village with announcer Joe Buck serving as MC.

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