Forest Park

St. Louis Life
8:48 am
Fri October 4, 2013

St. Louis' Forest Park Named Among '10 Great Public Spaces' For 2013

The Grand Basin and Art Hill in Forest Park in St. Louis. The park is one of the areas to benefit from a federal grant for recreational trails.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Forest Park in St. Louis has been designated one of the Ten Great Public Spaces for 2013 by a national non-for-profit educational group.

The American Planning Association announced the list Friday - the nine other places on it are:

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve

Michael Allen.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

Listeners following the city’s ongoing renaissance may have heard of a project named Midtown Station, a giant commercial center proposed for Vandeventer and Forest Park. This could be a dreadful retail strip or a game-changing development. The way it gets built matters a lot.

 

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Parks Bonds
1:07 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Deal In Place To Fund Upgrades To Forest Park

The city and Forest Park Forever have signed a deal that will fund $30 million in upgrades in the city's largest park.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

Visitors to Forest Park can expect to see some upgrades over the next five years, thanks to an agreement signed Friday between the city of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.

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Urban Wildlife
6:37 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Into The Wilds...Of Forest Park

This young great horned owl hatched last year in a nest near the MUNY theater in Forest Park.
Philip Hamer, MUNY

When most St. Louisans want to see wildlife in Forest Park, they head for the St. Louis Zoo.

But Forest Park Forever ecologist Peter VanLinn says there are plenty of animals in the rest of the park, too.

Not long after dawn on a brisk fall morning, he met up with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra in Forest Park’s Kennedy Forest, to look for some.


LACAPRA: What kind of wildlife might we see in the Kennedy Forest?

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Intersection upgrades
6:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Pedestrian Improvements Coming Near Forest Park

An unidentified pedestrian waits to cross the street at the Skinker/Clayton intersection, which will receive $2 million in upgrades.
Credit Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

One of the toughest intersections for pedestrians in the city is getting a makeover.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen on Friday set in motion a nearly $2 million  upgrade to the intersection of Clayton, Skinker, and Oakland on the southwest corner of Forest Park. Improvements include new signals, bike lanes, and crosswalks.

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Morning round-up
9:33 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Last of escapees captured

The last of five men who escaped from the Pike County Jail last weekend is back in custody. Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte says 40-year-old William John Thomas Wilkerson of Florissant was captured overnight in St. Louis County. Korte says Wilkerson was caught after someone called police to report a suspicious person at an apartment complex. He was arrested without incident.

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St. Louis Zoo
1:55 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

St. Louis Zoo to buy Forest Park Hospital property

This artist's rendering shows potential expansion plans for the St. Louis Zoo on the 13.5-acre Forest Park Hospital site just south of Highway 40.
(via Saint Louis Zoo)

Updated 4:36 p.m. with comment from Jeffrey Bonner.

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced plans to buy the Forest Park Hospital site on Oakland Avenue, just south of Highway 40. The acquisition would allow the zoo to expand its parking, research, and office space.

The Saint Louis Zoo Association signed a conditional contract with the site owner, Medline Industries, Inc., on March 8. The price and contract terms were not disclosed.

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Forest Park / Controlled Burn
5:06 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Controlled fire burns new life into Forest Park

A staff member of DJM Ecological Services monitors a controlled burn of an area of Forest Park on Dec. 2, 2011.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

About 14 acres of Forest Park burned today as part of a new effort to naturally maintain its wildlife areas.

Clouds of white smoke wafted above Kingshighway as fire consumed acres of dry grass and brush in a north-east area of Forest Park.  Peter VanLinn, a park ecologist says this is the first controlled burn in the park's 135-year history.

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Parks bonds pass
3:53 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Parks bond issue sent to Mayor Slay

The Kingshighway entrance to Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

After 18 months of work behind the scenes, a three-week delay, and two hours of debate that covered topics from roller skating to Robert Frost, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has sent a $64 million bond issue for the city's parks to Mayor Francis Slay.

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Forest Park controlled burn
5:23 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

City will try controlled burn again tomorrow in Forest Park

Looking into the approximate area of the controlled burn planned for tomorrow in Forest Park.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

Don't panic if you see a fire in Forest Park tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, Forest Park Forever, and the city's parks and fire departments will conduct a 14-acre controlled burn in the Deer Lake Natural Area, near the Union Ave. entrance to the park.

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