Forest Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by zabelle on July 14, 2001

Forest park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York, just to put it in perspective. It was created in 1874 and at the dedication ceremony Chauncy Shultz described it this way "I present to you, the people of St Louis, your own, this large and beautiful "Forest Park" for the enjoyment of yourselves, your children and your children's children forever...the rich, the poor, the merchant and mechanic, the professional and the day laborer, each with his family and lunch basket, can come and enjoy his own... all without stint ot hinderance.. and there will be no notice "Keep off the Grass". I am delighted to say that his vision is very much alive today.

The park is open to everyone and there were several large family groups with their tables, chairs, vollyball nets and grills enjoying the grass and shade within the park. There were also many joggers, skaters and walkers even though it was in the high 90's. There were paddle boats for rent in one of the ponds and some of the most beautiful fountains

I have ever seen. This is what a park should be, free, open and accessable to everyone. It is also very confusing to drive through which is how we got to see so much of it while traveling between museums. Thank you to the skater who gave us directions.

Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, Missouri, 63112
(314) 367-7275

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