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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.

One of America’s coolest city parks ... and one of the world’s most beautiful city parks
— Travel + Leisure

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.

 

WANT TO HELP MAKE SURE THIS REMARKABLE RESOURCE IS HERE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?


AT A GLANCE

Founded: 1986
Staff: 40+
President: Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E.
Leadership: Meet the team
Awards: Yes
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 (map), with horticulturists and gardeners on-site throughout the Park.
Auction/Raffle Requests: We consider requests from local nonprofits. Click here to submit your request.
Strategic Plan: Download PDF
Forest Park Master Plan: Visit this City of St. Louis website.

 
 
 
 

Before & After Photographs of Our Work Restoring Forest Park

Sometimes pictures tell the story best. Below: A series of before-and-after photographs documenting the restoration work Forest Park Forever has completed, in partnership with the City of St. Louis and Park partners and through the generosity of our donors and members.

 
 
 
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