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Forest Park Forever Marks 25th Anniversary



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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay addresses guests June 24 at the Forest Park Forever 25th Anniversary event in Forest Park. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
July 01, 2011
Forest Park Forever celebrated 25 years of restoring, maintaining and sustaining Forest Park for the enjoyment of its visitors with anniversary events held June 24-26.

The Visitor Center was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the "Wheels and Heels" Dual Path Loop.

The path system now creates a complete circuit of hard and soft paths that is safer and more accommodating. The softer, gravel surface is perfect for walkers and joggers; bicyclists and skater can use the paved surface.

Mayor Francis G. Slay formally proclaimed June 24, 2011, as Forest Park Forever Day in St. Louis; the governor's office declared the same in the state of Missouri.

Since 1986, Forest Park Forever and the city have together invested in the preservation of Forest Park, characterized as one of America's great, urban public parks since 1876.

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St. Louis Police Officer Anna Biondolillo, riding Sunny, greets Joe and Mackenzie Marentette of University City. photo by Diana Linsley (click for larger version)
"Every day more of our friends and neighbors enjoy the beauty and incredible sights of Forest Park," said Lesley Hoffarth, president and executive director, Forest Park Forever. "This year, we honor and recognize 25 years of hard work and the dedication of Forest Park Forever volunteers and staff, both past and present, who have made the park what it is today."

Forest Park Forever, in partnership with the city and in collaboration with thousands of citizens, helped to restore the glory of Forest Park. Now in its 25th year, the organization is recommitting to the ongoing maintenance for the future of Forest Park.

Forest Park welcomes over 12 million visitors a year, and is home to four major cultural institutions as well as numerous affordable recreation and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.forestparkforever.org.

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