Forest Park

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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LouFest 2011
12:43 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

LouFest 2011 lineup announced

The band TV On The Radio will be one of the acts in the lineup at this summer's LouFest.
(via Flickr/angela n.)

Last year, LouFest brought the likes of Jeff Tweedy and others to Forest Park in St. Louis. This year, a whole new lineup of acts has been announced for the 2011 event.

Here's the full lineup, as presented by LouFest. For more information, check out the LouFest website:

The Roots

TV On The Radio

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St. Louis City Earnings Tax
6:14 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Sierra Club urges St. Louis to retain city earnings tax

Forest Park in St. Louis is one of the places the Sierra Club says would be hurt by getting rid of the city's earnings tax in the upcoming April 5 election.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

An environmental group is urging St. Louis voters to approve Proposition E in the April election.

The proposition asks voters whether the city can retain the 1 percent earnings tax, which generates about one-third of the city’s budget.

The Sierra Club is encouraging St. Louisans to vote yes.

John Hickey says the earnings tax is the main source of funding for the city’s parks.

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Recreational Trail Grant
10:55 am
Thu March 17, 2011

St. Louis area to get $550K for trails

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)

Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the St. Louis area will get about $550,000 to improve or develop trails.

The awards that are from a federal grant channeled through the state's Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program.

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Forest Park
8:39 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Forest Park hearing on new path amenities

A section of the path in Forest Park in St. Louis.
(Forest Park Forever)

Always looking for a place to relieve yourself on that afternoon run in Forest Park? Look no further.

As workers put the final touches on side-by-side hard and soft exercise paths ringing Forest Park, another hearing will be held tonight on the amenities that will be added along the paths.

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