When: Thursday, April 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
Parking: Free parking is available in the Visitor Center east & west lots

FREE & open to the public!

Send us an email at info@forestparkforever.org

This event is hosted by Forest Park Forever with our City of St. Louis partners.

Park leadership from both groups will be on hand to discuss exciting improvement projects and answer questions from event attendees. Mayor Francis G. Slay will be in attendance to provide opening remarks for the evening’s festivities. The program will be emceed by Fox 2’s Jasmine Huda.

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Community Open House & Happy Hour

  • Complimentary samples from Urban Chestnut (get a first taste of a special brew in honor of Forest Park Forever's 30th anniversary!), Pi Pizzeria and kombucha from COM KOM Kombucha
  • Activities led by Forest Park Forever horticulture staff, City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry staff and additional Park partners and destinations 
  • Give-aways & prizes!

6:00-7:00 p.m. – State of Forest Park Program

  • Opening remarks by Mayor Francis G. Slay
  • Presentation of the Kathryn Nelson Keeper of Forest Park Award
  • A fast-paced presentation filled with project news and interesting Forest Park facts (plus a special announcement!), followed by an open Q&A session with Forest Park Forever President & Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., and City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Greg Hayes

End the night with a special sweet treat as we celebrate Forest Park's recent distinction of Best City Park, as voted in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!

We are excited to host this first-of-its kind Forest Park event with our City of St. Louis partners. This will be a fun, interactive way to spend a spring evening in Forest Park. Attendees will have the chance to gain a deeper knowledge about everything that’s happening here — from future restoration projects to how we collectively care for 40,000 trees — as well as pose questions to Park leadership.
— Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever