Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis to Host Public Open House Focused on Improving Access and Connectivity in Forest Park

The event will share findings from a 2015 survey and four-day public open house and workshop where public input was gathered

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, August 16, 2016 – Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry are hosting a public open house to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to review strategies for better access and connectivity in and around Forest Park. This free event will take place in the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center (5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park) on Thursday, August 18, from 4 – 7:00 p.m.; an introductory presentation will be available all evening, and a formal presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. The study team will be available to answer questions at stations including an introduction to the study, pedestrian strategies, bicycle strategies, transit strategies, parking strategies and the long-term connectivity vision for Forest Park.

“We are excited to update the public about meaningful progress made on improving connectivity and mobility in Forest Park,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “Strategies and concepts shared this evening are the culmination of nine months of valuable engagement with the public and Park stakeholders. This is an important step in developing a long-term vision, in line with the Forest Park Master Plan, for improving how people get in and around this popular destination.”

Late last fall, Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry gathered broad public input around improving walking, biking, driving and transit-riding in Forest Park. More than 1,300 community members shared experiences and ideas about getting in and around Forest Park through a public survey and a four-day open house and workshop.

On August 18, members of Forest Park Forever, the City of St. Louis and our consultants will report back to the community on what we learned from Park users and stakeholders and the key areas of focus moving forward.

“This has been a thorough process with broad public input and meaningful collaboration across a number of groups that connect here in Forest Park,” said Greg Hayes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the City of St. Louis. “This study is providing us with a fresh, wide-ranging look at how to improve the experience of all Forest Park visitors, from walkers and bikers to drivers and those riding transit.” 

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforever,  twitter.com/forestpark4ever andinstagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever Announces $3 Million in Tax Credits to Support Key Capital Improvement Projects in Forest Park

Tax credits will help the nonprofit conservancy leverage $6 million in donations toward its current $130 million capital campaign

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, July 22, 2016 – Forest Park Forever has announced that the Missouri Development Finance Board has awarded $3 million in state tax credits to support capital improvement projects in Forest Park. The nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to care for the Park, Forest Park Forever will leverage these credits to raise $6 million in private donations toward its current capital campaign, Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future. Donors taking advantage of the available credits will receive a state tax credit valued at 50% of their gift to the Forever campaign.

“We are very grateful to the Missouri Development Finance Board for this $3 million in credits and to the St. Louis Development Corporation for sponsoring our application,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “The Forever campaign is not only securing Forest Park’s financial future through an expanded endowment for the Park, but also advancing urgently needed improvement projects, like rebuilding crumbling roads and adding new sidewalks, improving recreational fields and completing the waterway connections started more than a decade ago. These tax credits will have a direct and immediate impact on our ability to raise the private funds necessary to complete these important projects.”

“This is terrific news and a big win for the region, its citizens and its businesses,” said Thomas R. Collins, Board Chairman for Forest Park Forever. “These tax credits will enable Forest Park Forever to match the Park’s most urgent capital improvement projects with generous donors in the community. With this destination playing such a central role in our region’s quality of life, an increasingly welcoming, accessible and beautiful Forest Park is something that will benefit our entire community.”

“Forest Park Forever has a strong record of fundraising for Forest Park and working as a Park steward in close partnership with the City of St. Louis,” said St. Louis Development Corporation Executive Director Otis Williams. “Forest Park is a key civic asset in the region, and one that is increasingly drawing national attention. We are very pleased that the MDFB awarded these state tax credits to accelerate the organization’s momentum as it completes capital projects that will improve the experience of more than 13 million visitors each year.”

Forest Park Forever formally introduced Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future in October 2015. The campaign has two central goals: Complete $30 million in strategic restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; and expand Forest Park Forever’s endowment by $100 million, ensuring that the Park can be cared for at the level it needs today and in the coming decades. To date, the Forever campaign has raised $118 million toward its $130 million goal.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever Remembers Extraordinary Civic Leader and Park Benefactor Jack Crawford Taylor

All of us at Forest Park Forever are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jack C. Taylor, a transformative and visionary civic leader and benefactor for the St. Louis region and beyond. As I was honored to learn from him over the years, Jack truly loved Forest Park. He and his family have great personal memories of the Park, from visiting the old Boathouse as kids to sledding down Art Hill to reveling in the beauty of each season’s annual displays. Yet through his generosity and leadership, Jack ensured that Forest Park would become a community treasure for all of us — a destination beloved by millions of families from every background and from around the world. Forest Park’s return to greatness is simply unimaginable without him. As the story of Forest Park continues to be written — one of joy, connection and beauty — Jack Taylor will forever be a part of it.

— Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director, Forest Park Forever


Above: The Boathouse in Forest Park, restored through the generosity of Jack C. Taylor. (Photograph by Randy Allen)

Forest Park Forever Embraces the Use of Audio to Help People Learn About and Connect With Forest Park

New Nature Reserve Audio Tours and an Atmospheric Microsite Enable Visitors to Hear the Best of Forest Park

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, June 15, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to care for Forest Park, is thrilled to introduce two new audio projects to help Park visitors and fans learn about and engage with Forest Park.
 

Audio Tours of the Forest Park Nature Reserve

With support from longtime partner the Missouri Department of Conservation, Forest Park Forever has unveiled a new series of free professional audio tours that enable visitors to learn more about three sites within the Park’s 180-acre Nature Reserve system: Deer Lake Savanna, John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest and the Savanna in Kennedy Forest. Each audio tour is narrated by Fox 2's John Pertzborn. The tours have been built to be available on any device, allowing visitors to enjoy listening via their phones as they walk through the areas themselves or on their desktop computers before a trip to the Park. Tours can be accessed by visiting forestparkforever.org/audio.
 

Listenforestpark.org: A Soundtrack to Calm Your Busy Day

Listen Forest Park makes the sounds of our region’s greatest natural gem accessible no matter where you are in the world. Whether you want to tune out the office chatter and get some deep thinking done, ease an infant into sleep or simply — on a day you can’t actual visit Forest Park — summon what it sounds like, just visit Listenforestpark.org on any device. Press ‘Play’ on hour-long recordings of five iconic Park locations, including Picnic Island and the Emerson Grand Basin, and your frenzied day will suddenly feel calmer. The high-fidelity recordings were captured for Forest Park Forever in May 2016 by St. Louis company Hugmonster Sound. Later this summer, Forest Park Forever will introduce short ringtone versions of these Forest Park sounds.

“We are very excited to offer the community these new ways to experience Forest Park,” said Forest Park Forever Strategic Communications Director Stephen Schenkenberg. “The Nature Reserve Audio Tours are packed with interesting details about these special natural areas, from the flora and fauna visitors can see to how the areas are cared for. With Listenforestpark.org, we were looking for a way to let anyone around the globe improve their day by queuing up the beautiful soundtrack that Forest Park offers. With both projects, we are proud to help people form deeper connections to one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world.”

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Forever’s 2016 Hat Luncheon Draws Record Crowd and Raises Vital Funds for Forest Park Improvements & Maintenance

KMOX News Anchor Carol Daniel emceed this year’s Hat Luncheon; event co-chairs were Susan Stith and Sara Wade of Express Scripts

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, June 10, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, welcomed nearly 1,200 Park supporters to the World's Fair Pavilion for its annual Hat Luncheon on Thursday, June 9.

Guests of this exciting annual event donned hats and other fanciful headwear in every shape and size in anticipation of winning terrific prizes for their creative and stylish millinery, all while supporting Forest Park. Between ticket sales, sponsorships and a raffle, the event raised more than $400,000 to support critical maintenance of Forest Park.

KMOX News Anchor Carol Daniel served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon, which culminated with the Stifel Hat Contest. Winners were announced and brought to the stage in several categories including: Romantic, Whimsical, Fascinator, Vintage, Couture, Best Male Hat, Best in Show and Best Table Theme.

This year’s Hat Contest was judged by an esteemed group of stylish St. Louisans, including Debra Bass, St. Louis Post-Disptach; Jill Firns, Blogger & Freelance Fashion Writer; Micaela Hasenmueller, ALIVE Magazine; Jennifer Ingram, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Linda Kuenzie, Macy's - West County; Chajuana Trawick, Lindenwood University; Monica Tyson, Clare's of Clayton Salon; and Pat Whitaker, St. Louis Fashion Fund. The winners were:

  • Romantic: Rochelle Jones, Eva Fraser and Seqwana Pryor
  • Whimsical: Anna Leavey, Julia Crump and Jeannette Harris
  • Vintage: Latanya Reeves, Kathy Dabrowski and Barb Valentine
  • Couture: Chelsey Oliver, Leisa Zigman and Mia Malcom
  • Fascinator: Nan Murch, Debby Gray and Penny Ledet
  • Best Male Hat: Everett Dietle
  • Best in Show: Dawn Baker
  • Best Table Theme: Purina

This year’s sold-out luncheon, now in its 26th year, was presented by The Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever and co-chairs Susan Stith and Sara Wade of Express Scripts.

“We are inspired by the generosity of the community members who took part in the 2016 Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director of the conservancy. “From our fantastic co-chairs and Women’s Committee members to our generous sponsors and stylish attendees, this year’s Hat Luncheon was a phenomenal success. Funds raised today will help Forest Park Forever maintain and sustain this treasured destination for its more than 13 million visitors each year.”

Presenting sponsors of the 2016 Hat Luncheon included Edward Jones, Express Scripts, Emerson and Stifel. A full list of sponsors and in-kind donors can be found at forestparkforever.org/hatluncheon.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Forever to Bestow 2016 Hiram W. Leffingwell Award to Edward Jones

Award Will Honor the St. Louis-based Firm’s Significant and Sustained Support of the Region’s Greatest Civic Treasure

Contacts: 
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager, Forest Park Forever | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290

Regina DeLuca-Imral, Senior Media Specialist, Edward Jones | regina.deluca-imral@edwardjones.com | 314.515.3050


ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, will bestow its 2016 Hiram W. Leffingwell Award to financial-services firm Edward Jones.

The award presentation will occur in the Jewel Box on May 19 at a gathering of the organization’s Leffingwell Society, its leadership donor group. Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., and Board of Directors Chairman Thomas R. Collins will present the award to Jim Weddle, managing partner for Edward Jones.

Forest Park Forever bestows this award annually to a corporation, foundation or individual who has made a significant contribution of time, talent or resources to the restoration and maintenance of Forest Park. The award is named for Hiram W. Leffingwell, one of the earliest supporters of Forest Park after its founding in 1876.

For nearly two decades, Edward Jones has been a leading donor of Forest Park Forever, contributing more than $1 million to support the organization’s efforts across restoration, beautification, maintenance and education. The firm was one of the earliest corporate donors to support the Park’s initial restoration in the late 1990s and has continued with steadfast support today. For more than a decade, Edward Jones has been a leading sponsor of Forest Park Forever’s celebrated Hat Luncheon, which takes place each June.

“We are incredibly grateful to Edward Jones for the firm's significant and sustained support of Forest Park Forever,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “Since 1998, the firm has been a true corporate leader in investing in the community treasure that is Forest Park. Edward Jones’ generosity has helped Forest Park become one of the most beautiful and beloved parks in the country, as well as a place where every community member can feel at home.”

“Forest Park is a natural oasis and great treasure in our city. We are proud to support the vision of its founders who recognized the importance of preserving this space for all of us to enjoy,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “We believe in giving back to St. Louis by helping to improve the quality of life for everyone.”

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforever,  twitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 firm, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 13,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2015," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.Connect with us at, mobile.twitter.com/edwardjoneslinkedin.com/company/edward-jones and youtube.com/user/EdwardJonesVideo

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Forest Park Forever Announces Selected Artists for its First-Ever Artist in Residence Program in Forest Park

This program celebrates Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary through the creative output of talented artists

Contact: 
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, April 25, 2016 – After launching an open call for artists of all disciplines, an esteemed jury has selected three artists/collectives to participate in the brand new Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program. Forest Park Forever received 117 applications from artists all over the country, with three St. Louis-based artists coming out on top. Forest Park Forever is excited to announce that Danielle & Kevin McCoy (WORK/PLAY)The 442s and Madeline Marak will be this year’s artists in residence. The three selected artists, whose paid residencies are funded by Forest Park Forever, will be bringing very different projects to life over the coming months:

  • WORK/PLAY’s project will focus on repurposing discarded plant materials into natural dyes for a textile piece that represents a topographical view of Forest Park.
    • Tentative dates: May 2-22
  • The 442s will create a new musical composition with the help of a donated piano and willing Park visitors and participants.
    • Tentative dates: June 6-26
  • Madeline Marak will draw attention to a tucked-away corner of the Park through the temporary installation of simple metal frames placed by members of the public.
    • Tentative dates: September 4-24

More information will be released in the coming weeks, including timelines for each residency and details about free public programs associated with each project. Visit forestparkforever.org/artists for the latest details.

“It has been truly inspiring to see artists from all over the country present proposals about what Forest Park means to their creative practices,” said Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever. “We are grateful to our five jury members for approaching their task with such enthusiasm and care. From more than 115 proposals, they selected three of great range and originality. We can’t wait for the artists to get started here in Forest Park and ultimately provide our entire community with new ways to experience the region’s greatest civic treasure.” 

“We have always been drawn to Forest Park,” said WORK/PLAY’s Danielle McCoy. “The joy and serenity the Park brings to us and others in the St. Louis area affirm the significance of this opportunity. We are excited to bring an engaging project that blends our contemporary design aesthetic with the vision of horticulturists, the public and the Forest Park team.”

Artist Bios

WORK/PLAY (Danielle & Kevin McCoy)
WORK/PLAY is a multidisciplinary design duo based in St. Louis. Kevin is an alumnus of the University of Missouri St. Louis where he earned a BFA in Graphic Communication. Danielle attended Webster University where she studied International Relations. The two often use illustration and minimalist design, along with experimental printmaking practices, to create works that disseminate a message, spark dialogue and inspire an audience. Their expansive printmaking practice not only includes 2-dimensional design, but also product design that makes use of various textile techniques to create 3-dimensional surfaces. WORK/PLAY has shown their work at the Mark Miller Gallery in New York, The Sheldon Galleries in St. Louis and a host of other local galleries in the St. Louis metropolitan area. WORK/PLAY has designed and partnered with AIGA St. Louis, Knife & Flag and Glaceau VitaminWater to name a few. They continuously experiment with new techniques, seeking to push beyond the perceived boundaries of art, design and printmaking. w-o-r-k-p-l-a-y.com

The 442s
What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians? You get The 442s, a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. For the Forest Park Forever residency, they will be joined by percussionist and frequent collaborator Montez Coleman. This unique collaboration, formed in the Spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations. This search has taken them to venues and concert series throughout the Midwest, including Powell Symphony Hall and Jazz at the Bistro. The 442s self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and has been featured on hundreds of radio stations across the country. Their next album, Relay, was recorded at Powell Symphony Hall and Shock City Studios and will be released in June 2016. the442s.com

Madeline Marak
Madeline Marak is a 2016 Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. Her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, is the birthplace of her creative pursuits. Marak’s practice is an investigation of the experience of overlooked spaces where the built environment and natural environment are interwoven. Her work in the studio consists of arrangements of photographs and paintings. Her public sculpture work are structures that frame the space they are within, bringing attention to unnoticed outdoor spaces. The Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program will be Marak’s third public art project in St. Louis. postmedium.com/madelinemarak

Proposals were reviewed and the artists selected by this volunteer panel of respected arts and community professionals:

  • David Allen, director of Arts in Transit, Bi-State Development
  • Jessica Baran, director, fort gondo compound for the arts; poet and critic
  • Nichole Bridges, associate curator in charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas & associate curator for African Art, Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Demond Meek, photographer, demondmeek.com
  • De Nichols, community engagement manager, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The main goals of this special project are:

  • To celebrate Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary by bringing attention to the Park’s natural beauty, cultural and historical significance and the work of Forest Park Forever and its partnership with the City of St. Louis
  • To embrace the Park’s existing role as one of the country’s most inspiring open-air studios
  • To provide the public with a window on the process of talented regional artists and the creative possibilities of Forest Park.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Trolley Back in Service for Its 2016 Season on April 22

Contacts:
Patti Beck: 314-486-9091; pkbeck@bistatedev.org  
Katy Peace: 314.367.7275; kpeace@forestparkforever.org

ST. LOUIS – Bi-state area residents, families and tourists can once again explore Forest Park onboard the Metro Forest Park Trolley as it officially returns for its sixth season of service on Friday, April 22. The Forest Park Trolley is a great way for Forest Park visitors to conveniently navigate through the Park and its many attractions, while helping reduce traffic congestion in the park.

The Metro Forest Park Trolley (MetroBus route #3) will operate daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from April 22 through September 11, 2016, and will connect all of the popular Forest Park attractions with the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. The Trolley will operate every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes during the weekend.

Forest Park Trolley tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children (ages 5-12), seniors and disabled passengers, and the Trolley is free for children ages 4 and under. A valid Metro Reduced Fare permit is required for the Senior and Disabled discount. Two convenient Park & Ride options are available for visitors inside Forest Park: the Twin Parking Lots across from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center and the Festival & Parking Plaza at the Upper Muny. Visitors can park their vehicles at these lots and then hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley for a quick and easy trip to their destinations inside Forest Park.

The Metro #3 Forest Park Trolley is a partnership between Forest Park Forever, Metro, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and the City of St. Louis.

Forest Park Trolley Tips:

  • One-Day Trolley tickets can be purchased onboard the Trolley (exact change is required), at Perk Café inside the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, and at the Planetarium Ticket Station at the Saint Louis Science Center. Each Trolley ticket allows unlimited rides on the Forest Park Trolley for the day the fare is purchased.
  • Valid Metro passes are acceptable fares for the Forest Park Trolley. Visitors who are combining MetroLink or MetroBus with the Forest Park Trolley should consider purchasing the Metro Adventure Pass. Available at Metro Ticket Vending Machines located at all MetroLink stations, the Metro Adventure Pass provides unlimited rides on MetroLink, MetroBus, the Forest Park Trolley and Downtown Trolley for one day, and lets visitors easily explore Forest Park and other attractions throughout the region.
  • Forest Park Trolley tickets and the Metro Adventure Pass can also be purchased at the MetroStore, located at 7th and Washington in downtown St. Louis. The MetroStore is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Trolley Head Signs: Forest Park Trolley vehicles coming from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station are identified as Southbound – To Science Center. Forest Park Trolley vehicles heading toward the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station are identified as Northbound – To Forest Park MetroLink Station.
  • The #3 Forest Park Trolley is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Information on Obtaining Reduced Fare Permits
Seniors (age 65 and older) and the disabled can ride MetroBus, MetroLink and the Forest Park Trolley at a reduced rate. Qualifying individuals must complete the following:

  • Seniors must apply in person at the MetroStore and show a government-issued picture identification card verifying age (age 65 and older). For more information, please call the MetroStore at 314-982-1495.
  • Individuals with disabilities can apply for reduced fare permits by contacting Metro ADA Services at 314-982-1510.

Additional Traffic Support for Forest Park
The Metro Forest Park Trolley is an important resource toward alleviating traffic in Forest Park this summer, and on especially busy days, a Traffic Relief Route will also be implemented. When traffic is particularly heavy at Forest Park’s popular Hampton entrance, Park Rangers will put this Relief Route into motion. This effort is done in coordination with MoDOT as a means to reduce backups and closures on Interstate 64 at Hampton Ave. To prevent traffic backups and highway closures, the Traffic Relief Route will direct drivers from Hampton on a circular path through the Park past many available parking lots at the Festival & Parking Plaza at the Upper Muny, the Visitor Center and ultimately along Government Drive and the Saint Louis Zoo. After parking, visitors may then hop on the Trolley to reach their destination in Forest Park.

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About Metro
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforever,  twitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

Forest Park Forever Hires Frank Kartmann, Former President of Missouri American Water, as Senior Vice President of Park Operations

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, April 4, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the private nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, has hired Frank Kartmann as the organization’s first Senior Vice President of Park Operations. 

Kartmann, who began his role on March 29, 2016, was selected after a competitive national search. Reporting to the President and Executive Director, he will lead Forest Park Forever’s newly created Park Operations division, overseeing the organization’s Department of Land Management (horticulture, nature reserves) and Department of Planning & Projects (capital projects, hardscape maintenance). Kartmann joins John O’Gorman, Senior Vice President of Development, and Tamara Sheffield, Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration, on the organization’s senior leadership team.

“We are thrilled that Frank has joined the Forest Park Forever team,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “During his highly successful career, Frank has proven himself to be a collaborative and visionary leader who achieves operational excellence across a range of complex projects that impact millions of people. As a longtime St. Louisan and Forest Park visitor, Frank knows how important this treasure is to our entire community and he is eager to make a great park even greater.”

“I am honored to be joining such an inspiring enterprise as Forest Park Forever,” said Frank Kartmann. “I look forward to joining a strong team and helping lead this organization in its mission to sustain Forest Park for current and future generations.”

Kartmann joins Forest Park Forever from a 26-year career with Missouri American Water Company and its parent, American Water Works Company, Inc. Missouri American provides water and wastewater utility service to approximately 1.5 million people across Missouri. 

Beyond most recently serving as Missouri American’s President for six years, Kartmann served the organization in a number of roles over his career, including Director of Distribution Operations for the Central Region of American Water, during which he led field operations for seven of American Water’s Midwest subsidiaries. Previous to this position, he served as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Engineering for Missouri American. 

Kartmann was a founding member of the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership (MWI Partnership), a regional water and wastewater infrastructure education organization based in the St. Louis metro area that has been cited as a national model by the Water Environment Federation. He was the MWI Partnership’s President in 2014 and 2015.  Kartmann was also a Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park advisory board member in 2014 and 2015. He served for several years on the board of the Missouri Energy Development Association and was its Chairman in 2015. Also in 2015 Kartmann served on the steering committee for the creation of the Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan. During his leadership of Missouri American, Kartmann and his team partnered with environmental organizations, including Missouri River Relief, Open Space Council, Greenway Network and the World Bird Sanctuary to restore and sustain the natural environment. Under Kartmann’s leadership, Missouri American received the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in 2014. Additional awards Kartmann has received include the World Bird Sanctuary’s Wildlife Conservation Award, Fete du Feather (2015), and the Missouri DNR Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence (2014).

Kartmann earned a master’s in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He also earned a bachelor’s in secondary education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a registered professional engineer, licensed in the state of Missouri.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis to Host “Under the Clock Tower: 2016 State of Forest Park Community Gathering” on April 14

Fun, interactive and free community event will highlight the latest Forest Park improvements and provide a forum for visitor questions and input

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, March 10, 2016 – The nonprofit conservancy Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis will host a public open house and program from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. Park leadership from both groups will be on hand to discuss exciting improvement projects and answer questions from event attendees. Mayor Francis G. Slay will provide opening remarks for the evening’s festivities. The program will be emceed by Fox 2’s Jasmine Huda.

“Under the Clock Tower” — a nod to the iconic clock tower of the historic Visitor Center — will attract people from around the region to learn more about Forest Park while enjoying a fun evening in one of the Park’s historic structures. Attendees will be able to sample local coffee, bites and brews, including COM KOM Kombucha and a new craft beer from Urban Chestnut brewed in honor of Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary. There will be information and activity stations led by Forest Park Forever, the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Park destinations and Park partners such as Metro Transit and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

This event will also feature the presentation of the annual Kathryn Nelson Keeper of Forest Park Award. The Keeper of Forest Park Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional energy and creativity for the benefit of Forest Park. Learn more about past winners here: forestparkforever.org/keeper-of-forest-park

“We are excited to host this first-of-its kind Forest Park event with our City of St. Louis partners,” said Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever. “This will be a fun, interactive way to spend a spring evening in Forest Park. Attendees will have the chance to gain a deeper knowledge about everything that’s happening here — from future restoration projects to how we collectively care for 40,000 trees — as well as pose questions to Park leadership.”

Event Schedule:

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Community Open House and Happy Hour

  • Complimentary samples of coffee, bites and brews
  • Activities and info stations led by Forest Park Forever horticulture staff, the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Park destinations and Park partners 
  • Giveaways & prizes!

6:00-7:00 p.m. – 2016 State of Forest Park Program

  • Opening remarks by Mayor Francis G. Slay
  • Presentation of the Kathryn Nelson Keeper of Forest Park Award
  • A fast-paced presentation filled with project news and interesting Forest Park facts (plus a special announcement!), followed by an open Q&A session with Forest Park Forever President & Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., and City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Greg Hayes

More information about this event can be found at forestparkforever.org/communitygathering

Guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance to submit questions for Park leadership and be entered into a raffle for several giveaways the night of the event.

The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center is located at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park. Ample free parking is available in the lots just south of the building.

Members of the press are encouraged to attend for footage and interviews. Reporters and photographers are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m. and check in with Forest Park Forever staff.

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.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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