An area of tremendous historic significance, the Grand Basin was the central gathering place for the 1904 World’s Fair, and during the time of the fair was surrounded by temporary palaces and cascading waterfalls. After the fair, the Basin was allowed to deteriorate and was eventually incorporated into the golf course. As part of the Forest Park master plan, golf was moved from this location and the entire Basin was restored and eight new fountains added.
Today the Grand Basin is the No. 1 site in St. Louis for wedding and prom photos. Art Hill is a natural amphitheatre for community events and even kite flying. Sledding is permitted on Art Hill during snowy weather, unless restrictions are posted.
Our Mission: To restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s great urban public parks, for the enjoyment of all ~ now and forever.