About Forest Park Forever
Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.
Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.
Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.
Passionate about our mission?
AT A GLANCE
President: Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E.
Leadership: Meet the team
Receive revenue from the Zoo Museum Tax District? No. We are a private nonprofit conservancy that depends on generous members, donors and volunteers.
Office HQ: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, with horticulturists and gardeners on-site throughout the Park.
Strategic Plan: PDF
Forest Park Master Plan: Visit this City of St. Louis website.