Event Recap + Photos: 2016 Fall Family FunFest

Event Recap + Photos: 2016 Fall Family FunFest

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.

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Interview: Madeline Marak Discusses Her Forest Park Residency

Interview: Madeline Marak Discusses Her Forest Park Residency

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.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Forest Park Forever This October

Celebrating 30 Years of Forest Park Forever This October

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!

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Improvements Coming to Kennedy Forest — Visitor Access May Be Temporarily Restricted

Improvements Coming to Kennedy Forest — Visitor Access May Be Temporarily Restricted

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. 

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Lesley Hoffarth Named a Most Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal

We are extremely proud to share that Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., was recently honored by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of their Most Influential Business Women for 2016. This distinguished group includes 25 women who are making a considerable impact on the St. Louis community — from cultural institutions and nonprofits to finance and healthcare.

Lesley Hoffarth (center) stands on stage receiving her award. All of the honorees were lauded at a luncheon at Union Station on Friday, August 12. Photos from the event can be found on the Business Journal's website.

Lesley Hoffarth (center) stands on stage receiving her award. All of the honorees were lauded at a luncheon at Union Station on Friday, August 12. Photos from the event can be found on the Business Journal's website.

Since 2010, Hoffarth has led Forest Park Forever through strategic growth and has solidified the organization's role in caring for Forest Park along with our City of St. Louis partners. As the Business Journal said in its profile of Lesley: "Lesley Hoffarth is the leader you want for challenging projects."