A Look Back at a Fantastic 2018 in Forest Park


As we begin another year with Forest Park serving as one of the region’s greatest civic treasures, the Forest Park Forever (FPF) team is proud to look back on 2018 and share some of the highlights from an exciting 12 months.

We worked hard to advance strategic and ambitious goals throughout 2018, helping Forest Park continue to be a vibrant, thriving destination for a diverse community of visitors from our region and around the world. We are grateful for our continued partnership with the City of St. Louis’ Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park.

None of our work would be possible without YOU — the wonderful community of generous members, donors, volunteers, partners and visitors who sustain and bring Forest Park to life day after day. As you read some of our 2018 highlights below, please know we look forward to your continued involvement in Forest Park in the years ahead!


Volunteer & Visitor Services ℹ️

  • 1,357 — Total number of volunteers supporting our work!

  • 12,890 — Hours of service these volunteers invested in bettering Forest Park

  • 40,000 — Free Visitor Guides we distributed

  • 59,000 — Seasonal riders of the Forest Park Trolley

  • 132,000 — Uses of our free ForestParkMap.org web app (a 40% increase from 2017!)

Learning in Forest Park 💡

  • 4,579 — Total participants across our classes, tours and programs

  • 1,364 — Participants reached from high-needs communities

  • 10 — Number of local students taking part in our Nature Works workforce development program

  • 1,200 — Additional students reached through Nature Works school and site visits

Restoring, Maintaining & Sustaining Forest Park

Forest Park Forever is proud to partner with the City of St. Louis’ Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry as a steward of this treasure. Here are select 2018 highlights across our work on the greenscapes and hardscapes. Each project number with the images correspond to the map location below.

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Maintenance Projects 🔨

In 2018, Forest Park Forever funded $1.9M in critical Park maintenance projects, thanks to donors who have supported our efforts to expand our endowment for Park care. Each year, FPF and the City prioritize and select a year’s worth of projects. 2018 highlights include:

Capital Projects ✅

Horticulture & Nature Reserve Highlights 🌱

Special Milestones & Events 🏅

2018 Visitor Views 📷

All the Feels ❤️

Donating because this Park is so special to me! I became engaged on the foot bridge years ago, and this place is one of the gems of our city!
— Lauren E.