On June 24, 1876, Forest Park was officially dedicated and opened to the public, "for the enjoyment of yourselves, your children and your children's children forever." On Friday, June 24, 2016 we celebrated the 140th anniversary of the Park's founding with a gathering at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center.
As a way to celebrate the Park's milestone all day long, we encouraged people to share their own birthday messages to Forest Park on social media by using the hashtag #HappyBdayForestPark. We rounded up many of these messages with a Storify – click here to see some of the birthday messages that were shared!
We were thrilled to see that the front page of Friday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured a lovely article about Forest Park's 140th anniversary. Click here to read it!