Note: This is part of 5QS , our series of interviews with Forest Park Forever staff. Today, we check in with Jasmine Evans, an essential part of all of FPF's marketing and communications initiatives.
1. How do you describe your Forest Park Forever role to new people you meet?
At the highest level, I get to tell the stories of a phenomenal organization that happens to take place in a great Park full of wonderful visitors. My job is to take their great memories and moments and share them with others so that more and more people can fall in love with Forest Park. I also work with a great team that develops various initiatives and methods to spread the mission and elevate the brand of Forest Park Forever.
2. What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career with Forest Park Forever?
Since my time with FPF, I’ve learned that Forest Park means something different to every person you ask. Hearing the countless stories of how Forest Park has positively impacted so many lives would hands down be the most rewarding aspect of my career with Forest Park Forever.
3. What do you think is the least known aspect of Forest Park?
The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. The Visitor Center acts as a headquarters for Park information. Visitors can grab lunch at the Forest Perk Café, get helpful information on the Park and surrounding areas from volunteers from the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Convention, rent lockers or and enjoy the Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground — a fantastic playground designed to be inclusive for all children. It is simply a great place to just relax and regroup during a long visit in Forest Park.
4. What is your personal favorite spot in Forest Park?
The uppermost right side of Art Hill. Here you’ll find a set or stairs overlooking the hillside. This is where my fiancé and I had our first date, and where he proposed. We love this spot so much we had a tree dedicated there.
5. What advice can you give to Park visitors?
Explore the beautiful locations off the beaten path. Some visitors may come to the Park for a specific purpose and not take the time to get out of their cars and venture past the walls of their favorite institution. I don’t think enough people know the beauty of Council Circle or the hidden gem that is Murphy Lake.