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COVID-19 Updates  
 

Updated July 31, 2020 —

The Boathouse Paddle Co. will be temporarily closed until further notice due to two employees testing positive for COVID-19. The Boathouse in Forest Park restaurant will be closed Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 for disinfecting and cleaning. The Boathouse in Forest Park restaurant will reopen on Sunday, August 2.


Updated June 15, 2020 —

As the St. Louis community works together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that anyone who chooses to visit Forest Park abide by the guidance of health and government officials as you responsibly get some fresh air. (We also have some tips below.) In addition to our special online #ForestParkatHome series, we are using this page to gather up key updates for your next visit:

 

Open:

Closed or Cancelled:

  • Handball Courts
  • The Muny 2020 Season — view details of The Muny Magic in Your Homes
  • Playgrounds 
  • Racquetball Courts 
  • Shakespeare in the Park 2020 Season — view details of Shakespeare TV

Roads Remaining Closed to Vehicular Traffic: (see map below)

  • Lagoon Drive between DeBaliviere and Fine Arts Drive.
  • Cricket Drive between Lindell Blvd. and Grand Drive;
  • Faulkner Drive between Grand Drive and Wells Drive;
  • Wells Drive between Faulkner Drive and the McKinley Traffic Circle;
  • Macklind Drive between Wells Drive and Union Drive.

Visiting Responsibly

  • Do not visit if you are exhibiting symptoms. 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Maintain 50 feet from staff working in the Park 
  • Share the paths and notify others if you are passing.
  • Avoid touching anything, such as water fountains, bench handles, etc. 
  • Avoid crowds of 10 or more. 
  • If you are crossing a bridge, please ensure there are no oncoming pedestrians before crossing.
  • Visit a less-crowded part of the Park (here are six great options)

Additional Notes:

  • If you are a locker member and would like to reach out to us about removing any personal items from the lockers until the rooms reopen, please contact Facility Manager Steve Burkhardt at 314-367-7275 ext. 122 or sburkhardt@forestparkforever.org
  • For any Forest Park Forever members or other visitors who may have planned to stop in to pick up a member premium or inquire about a tribute gift, we ask that you contact us at info@forestparkforever.org or 314-367-7275 and one of our team members will be back in touch.

Updated June 16, 2020 — 
 

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the restrooms in Forest Park's Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center will reopen for public use daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Other Visitor Center amenities — such as the Forest Perk Café, the Information Desk, rental rooms, and the Locker Rooms — remain closed at this time. A few visitor notes: 

  • Visitors must use new hand sanitizer stations before entering and exiting.
  • Masks are required for entry. 
  • Visitors must stay 6 feet apart from others.
  • Touchless bottle filler is in service; drinking fountain is not.
  • Interior furniture has been removed from the lobby and patio furniture has been returned to the outside areas and spread apart to achieve social distancing for visitor safety.


Forest Park Forever has increased its cleaning frequency and protocols for the Visitor Center. We thank all visitors for following the new protocols and helping keep our region safe as they enjoy the Park! 

Please note: Operating hours, available amenities and safety protocols are subject to change. We will share any future announcements at forestparkforever.org/coronavirus. 


Updated June 9, 2020 — 

Roads Re-opening to Vehicular Traffic:

  • Fine Arts Drive between Government Drive and Lagoon Drive;
  • Government Drive between Washington Drive and Wells Drive.

Roads Remaining Closed to Vehicular Traffic:

  • Lagoon Drive between DeBaliviere and Fine Arts Drive.

Roads Closing to Vehicular Traffic:

  • Cricket Drive between Lindell Blvd. and Grand Drive;
  • Faulkner Drive between Grand Drive and Wells Drive;
  • Wells Drive between Faulkner Drive and the McKinley Traffic Circle;
  • Macklind Drive between Wells Drive and Union Drive.

Note: these closures are intended to be temporary and are subject to change.



Updated June 8, 2020 — As the St. Louis community starts to re-open, here are the various changes in openings in the Park.

  • Boathouse Paddle Co. is now open (paddle boats only) Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
  • The Highlands Golf Course and Tennis Center is open again. There are several new social distancing rules being applied which you can find here.
  • The Muny announced that they will remain closed for the 2020 season.
  • Norman K. Probstein Golf Course is also open again. There are several new social distancing rules that are strictly enforced here.
  • Tennis courts are also now open in Forest Park.
  • The Saint Louis Zoo will reopen on June 13, 2020. Advanced reservations and masks are required.
  • The Saint Louis Art Museum will reopen at limited capacity on June 16, 2020.
  • The Saint Louis Science Center will reopen on June 20, 2020. Advanced reservations and masks are required.
  • The Missouri History Museum will reopen on June 20, 2020. Advanced reservations and masks are required.
  • Playgrounds, racquetball and handball courts all remained closed.

 

Updated April 4, 2020 — As the St. Louis community works together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that anyone who chooses to visit Forest Park abide by the guidance of health and government officials as you responsibly get some fresh air. Some key information to know:

Road Closures:
In an effort to provide more room for pedestrians to spread out during a Forest Park visit, the City of St. Louis enacted the following vehicular road closures on the morning of March 31:

 

 

Visitor Reminders: 

  • Do not visit if you are exhibiting symptoms. 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. 
  • Share the paths and notify others if you are passing.
  • Avoid touching anything, such as water fountains, bench handles, etc. 
  • Avoid crowds of 10 or more. 
  • If you are crossing a bridge, please ensure there are no oncoming pedestrians before crossing.

Temporary Closure Notes:

In addition to the cultural institution that have closed to the public, please note the following additional temporary closures: 

  • Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center 
  • Playgrounds in Forest Park
  • Tennis courts, pickleball courts, racquetball courts and handball courts (see Mayor Krewson’s announcement)
  • Gof courses in Forest Park

Additional Visitor Tip:

  • We also encourage anyone choosing to visit 1,300-acre Forest Park to explore less popular areas of the Park, where you are likely to encounter fewer fellow visitors. This website should be a helpful guide in that endeavor. 

Lastly, we invite you to read a special announcement from Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth about how our conservancy is responding to this evolving situation. 


Forest Park Visitor & Community Study

January 13, 2020 – Forest Park Forever, in partnership with the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, has engaged Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work to facilitate a two-year, comprehensive study of Forest Park visitors. The research team is identified as the PARCS team, which stands for Park Activity & Recreation Community Study. 

If you have visited Forest Park at least once in the past year, please consider participating in a brief intercept survey if approached while in the Park. An alternate option is to complete a short, 5-to-10-minute online survey by clicking here

Need more information? Find it at this link.


East Waterways Project Designs Announced

November 5 – Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis are thrilled to announce plans to restore and greatly improve the river system and lakes on the beautiful east side of Forest Park. Funded by donors to Forest Park Forever's recently completed Forever capital and endowment campaign, the project will be a major win for the Park, millions of visitors and the regional environment.  Learn more!


Saint Louis Zooline Railroad Closure


October 23 – Starting Monday, November 4, the Emerson Zooline Railroad will be closed for track improvements. The railroad will reopen in spring 2020. 


Now Open: Boeing Aviation Fields

September 4, 2019 —  Boeing Aviation Fields, the popular fields for baseball and softball just north of I-64, are now open! Highlights of the new improvements include new LED lighting, which will result in more available playtime at these sought-after ballfields.


Now Open: Path Extension Along Kingshighway


August 16, 2019 – There is a new path making it easier for walkers, runners, cyclists and neighbors to enter Forest Park from the Central West End. The 1/3-mile extension to Forest Park's recreational path is complete on the Park's eastern side! Generously funded by supporters of Forest Park Forever, the ADA-accessible trail connects from Hospital Drive to Forest Park Parkway between Steinberg Skating Rink and Kingshighway.

Pictured: City of St. Louis Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Greg Hayes and Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth.

 


Nature Playscape Coming to Forest Park in 2020

July 15, 2019 — On July 15, 2019, leaders from Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Nature Playscape in Forest Park. The experiential Playscape is being created on 17 acres in the heart of the Park, between the World’s Fair Pavilion and the Jewel Box.

Funded by donors to Forest Park Forever, the Nature Playscape in Forest Park has been designed to feature eight ‘activity areas,’ including Mounds, Spring, Meadow, a Wetland and more. A series of paths and boardwalks will connect the distinct areas, creating opportunities for kids and families to climb, splash, build and explore their way through the site.  Click to learn about the key goals for the Nature Playscape project.