On, Sunday, October 2, approximately 1,500 people joined us for fall festivities in Forest Park. Every year, we host our Fall Family FunFest as a way of saying thank you to our nearly 7,000 members. This free event includes an afternoon full of family-friendly activities and allows us to give a little something back to the members of Forest Park Forever whose support helps make the work we do possible.
The third artist to participate in the first-ever Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program was Madeline Marak, a recent graduate from the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Over the course of the month of September, Madeline's installation took over a section of Forest Park's northeast corner. Her project, titled Framing the Land, took a hands-on approach to spotlighting an often overlooked section of the Park. Madeline's installation consisted of simple metal frames covered in reflective tape that Park visitors were invited to pick up and place somewhere in the landscape. This simple act served as a way of allowing visitors to experience and see this area more clearly by forcing them to really look at the space around them.
We were excited to follow up with Madeline now that her residency has come to a close and she has reflected on her time in Forest Park.
Over the next 30 days, we'll be sharing highlights from our first 30 years working in partnership with the City of St. Louis. From transformational capital improvement projects to conservation efforts and special events, we will feature a different event from our history every day. We'll be posting these tidbits to our Facebook and Twitter accounts — look for the hashtag #FPF30 to follow along or share some of your own Forest Park memories from the last 30 years!
Beginning now and continuing into early 2017, Kennedy Forest will be the site of continued strategic improvements and care. During this time, visitor access to Kennedy Forest will be limited or restricted to ensure a safe and productive work site. Trail closure signs have already been placed in some areas.
On Sunday, August 28 over 800 runners of all ages came out for the only run in Forest Park that directly benefits the Park. Our sixth annual I Love Forest Park 5K & Kids Fun Run shattered last year's attendance record and raised over $26,000 to support our mission to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park.
On Friday, August 12, 23 teams joined us for a fun-filled day on the greens and fairways of Probstein Golf Course. Presented by the Young Friends of Forest Park Forever, the Golf Tournament raised over $25,000 to support our mission to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park.