Forest Park

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.

Park bonds
5:00 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Bonds for St. Louis city parks clear one hurdle, others remain

The Board of Aldermen today gave preliminary approval to a bill that asks the city to issue $64 million in bonds, including $30 million for Forest Park.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen appears likely to meet an end-of-the-year deadline to pass a bond issue for the city’s parks, giving initial approval today to legislation that would issue $64 million in debt to fund major capital repairs at the more than 100 parks in the city limit.

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Parks money
4:44 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Stalled bill on bonds for parks could jeopardize $25 million for Forest Park

Another delay on a bond issue for the city's parks could put a $25 million donation to Forest Park, pictured here, in jeopardy.
(via Flickr/ChrisYunker)

A $25 million donation to Forest Park may be in jeopardy if the St. Louis Board of Aldermen cannot approve a bond issue for parks improvement by the end of the year.

The two bond issues - one for Forest Park, another for the city's 100+ other parks - stalled again Thursday at the Board of Aldermen.

The bills would work in the following way:

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Park Rd. closure
12:46 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

City closes cut-off between Lindell and Union in effort to improve pedestrian access

This screen capture from Google Maps shows Park Rd. which the Streets Department has permanently closed in an effort to better pedestrian access.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio/Google Maps)

The St. Louis City streets department has closed Park Rd., a cut-off between Union and Lindell near Forest Park, to through traffic in an effort to improve pedestrian access to Forest Park.

Streets director Todd Waelterman says cars that used the road to avoid the stoplight at Union and Lindell were often traveling at a high rate of speed, making it difficult for pedestrians to cross. The closure will require drivers to use the stoplight, which includes crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

2012 Muny season
3:26 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Muny announces 2012 season

The 2012 season of the Muny includes three shows that have never been on the Muny stage before, including Dreamgirls and Aladdin.
(via Flickr/lissalou66)

Updated to correct spelling of Isaacson's name.

Four new shows will mark the Muny's first season under new executive director Mike Isaacson.

One of those shows has appeared on the Muny state before, says Kate Lane, Isaacson's assistant. But the Muny did not produce the version of "Chicago" that theatergoers saw in 1977. Instead, the Broadway cast left New York for a week of performances. This will be the first time the Muny itself produces the show.

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Forest Park
1:15 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

New traffic routing system and trolley service coming to Forest Park

One of the trolley vehicles for the Forest Park Trolley Line.
(Julie Bierach/St. Louis Public Radio)

Beginning Friday, a new traffic routing system and trolley service will be implemented at Forest Park.

The new traffic plan (see map below) was announced today by the non-profit Forest Park Forever and partnering institutions to help alleviate congestion at the Hampton entrance to the park.

Lesley Hoffarth, president of Forest Park Forever, said that from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, vehicles will be diverted to the east on Wells.

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