Working in partnership with the City of St. Louis, the staff and volunteers of Forest Park Forever work hard on a daily basis, remaining true to our mission as trusted stewards of Forest Park now and forever. When we are recognized for our work by esteemed organizations, it affirms that we are doing the right things and continuing to lead by our guiding principles. 

 

Forest Park
 

2016

Best City Park in America
Thrillist

Best City Park
USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Awards

The T&S Top 100! – Tourism
Town & Style Magazine

2015

The Go! List 2015 - Best Park
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Critics' & Readers' Choice

Best of St. Louis – Best Public Park
Riverfront Times
Readers' Choice

The T&S Top 100! 
Town & Style Magazine

2014

Keystone Heritage Award
Associated General Contractors
Presented to: Forest Park Forever &
The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry

2013

Frontline Park Award
City Parks Alliance
Forest Park Trolley Program

Great Public Space in America
American Planning Association 

Top Ten “America’s Coolest City Parks” 
Travel & Leisure

Top Ten  “Most Beautiful Parks in the World”
Yahoo Travel

2012

Best of St. Louis Awards
Riverfront Times
Best Bus Route - Forest Park Trolley
Best View of Someplace Other Than Downtown – World’s Fair Pavilion

2010

St. Louis All Star Award Recipient
St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission
Regional Wayfinding Project

2008

Most Relaxing Scenic Walk
Readers’ Poll

Ladue News

2006

Excellence in Masonry
Masonry Institution of St. Louis
Merit in Design Emerson: Grand Basin

1999

Honor Award – Preservation Week
Landmarks Association

 

Forest Park Forever
 

2016

Growing Green – Community Champion
U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter

2015

Non-Profit Executive of the Year - Tamara Sheffield
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

St. Louis American Foundation

Citation Award
Missouri Park and Recreation Association 

CFO of the Year - Tamara Sheffield
Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

St. Louis Business Journal
 

2014

Hospitality Hero - Fred “Big Fred” Ruhrwein
Forest Park Forever & CVC Volunteer

St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission

Outstanding Educator Award - Jim Wilson
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor

St. Louis Audubon Society

Trailblazer Award - Lesley S. Hoffarth
President & Executive Director

St. Louis Forum 

Volunteer Director of the Year - Anne Grossmann
Volunteer & Community Relations Manager

Metropolitan Volunteer Management Association

Woman of Influence - Lesley S. Hoffarth
President & Executive Director

Webster University 

2012

Hospitality Heroes Recognition
St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission
Outstanding Customer Service Honorable Mention

2009

Community Betterment Award
Missouri Growth Association

Merit Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement
American Society of Landscape Architects
–St. Louis Chapter
Government Hill Restoration Project

2008

Exceptional ReLeaf Award
Forest ReLeaf

2007

Best Places to Work
St. Louis Business Journal
 

2005

Merit Award for Landscape Architecture Design
American Society of Landscape Architects
–St. Louis Chapter
Jewel Box Conservatory

Quality of Life Award
Mayor Francis G. Slay

2004

Aesthetic Award – Public Project
Conspan Bridge Systems
Emerson Grand Basin

Outstanding Civic Engineering Achievement
American Society of Civil Engineers
Forest Park Connected Waterway System
Emerson Grand Basin and Post-Dispatch Lake

Spirit of St. Louis Award
St. Louis Attractions Association

2003

Civic Stewardship Award in Recognition of Outstanding Professional Achievement
American Society of Landscape Architects
–St. Louis Chapter

Construction Keystone Award / Project of the Year – Industrial and Infrastructure Project (under $2 million)
Association of General Contractors of America
Emerson Grand Basin / Post-Dispatch Lake Fountain Construction and Utility Improvement

Construction Keystone Award Finalist &
Project of the Year (under $5 million)

Association of General Contractors of America
Association of General Contractors of St. Louis
Jewel Box Conservatory Restoration

Homecoming Award
Habitat for Humanity

Quality Concrete Award
Concrete Council

2002

Excellence in Masonry
Masonry Institution of St. Louis
Architectural Features & Excellence in Design:
 Jewel Box Conservatory

Heavy Hitter – Urban Renewal Award
St. Louis Business Journal

1999

Community Outreach Program
St. Louis / Mid-America Emmy Awards
Forest Park Forever & KMOV