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Oakland Avenue Playground Work May 23-27

Contractors will be on site making several repairs and improvements to the Oakland Avenue Playground during the week of May 23-27. While the playground will remain open for most of this time, specific sections will be temporarily closed while work is done.

Planned improvements include:

  • Replacing the chat path with a new aggregate improve accessibility. 
  • Additional mulch around the play turtle.
  • Removing the post and rope guards around two trees within the playground 
  • Tamping down the playground perimeter edging that was pushed up due to winter freeze/thaw.
  • Paving the approach path from the circular landing at top of the sidewalk.
  • Applying a fresh application of boiled linseed oil to the natural wood elements. NOTE: The entire playground needs to be closed during this application.
  • Drilling weep holes in the top of turtle head snout and lower jaw to help drain water off the wood.

Other playgrounds in Forest Park:

  • Variety Wonderland Playground next to the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center (north side of Park)
  • Anne O'C. Albrecht Nature Playscape (by World's Fair Pavilion)
  • Hudlin Playground (east of Kingshighway and south of BJC complex)

Weekend Activity: Run, Bark, Watch

May 20-22 is a busy weekend in Forest Park, so plan your routes accordingly. Among the major events, the Shakespeare Movie Festival will screen films each evening on Shakespeare Glen, the Bark in the Park takes place around Cricket Field on Saturday morning, and the the St. Louis Children's Hospital Make Tracks Through the Zoo run takes place Sunday morning.

Visit the Events Calendar for details

GO! St. Louis Races April 2-3

It will be a busy weekend at the Park April 2-3 with the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, which will affect road access each morning. Visit the GO! St. Louis site for route details and roads affected.

  • Saturday: Family Fitness Day activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last event, the Read, Write & Run Marathon, begins at 9:45. Expect traffic impact around the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center all morning.
  • Sunday: The marathon begins at 7 a.m. outside the Visitor Center, but the race route then exits the Park. In-Park traffic should clear by mid-morning.

Carr Lane Closed March 25

Carr Lane, one of the two roads that circle the Anne O'C. Albrecht Nature Playscape, will be closed Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. so crews can patch asphalt where recent drainage work was completed.

During this work, the Nature Playscape will still be accessible from Concourse Drive.

Partial Road Closures for Tour of St. Louis March 20

The Tour of St. Louis will race in Forest Park on Sunday, March 20, which will affect road access and parking. The circuit for the Mike Murray Classic Criterium in Forest Park includes parts of Cricket Drive, Pagoda Circle, Theatre Drive and Grand Drive, so plan your routes accordingly. The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center will remain open.

See race and route details at Tour of St. Louis here.

Prescribed Burn March 16

A prescribed burn is planned for Wednesday, March, 16, in Kennedy Forest Boardwalk South, a 4-acre unit just south of Picnic Pavilion #11. During this work, Picnic Pavilion #11 will be closed from approximately 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

If time and conditions permit, we may also address a small section in Round Lake Vista as well as Wildlife Island. We do not anticipate this will require any road closures.

Follow progress and updates on the Burn Alerts page.

Prescribed Burn, Partial Road Closure March 2-3

Forest Park Forever plans to conduct prescribed burns, in partnership with the City of St. Louis, in the Forest Park Nature Reserve Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3. The areas targeted for this land management effort include Kennedy Forest, which would involve temporary road closure on part of Government Drive between the Zoo North Lot and the Government/Wells roundabout).

As with every prescribed burn, these plans are subject to change or even cancelation based on weather conditions. Visit the Burn Alert page for the latest details and locations.

Visitor Center Opening at 9 a.m. Feb. 25

Due to the winter storm, the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center will delay opening until 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25.

Partial Closure on Paved Path Feb. 14-17

The early February snowstorm interrupted work to remove dead trees and other tree maintenance in the southwest corner of the Park. To safely resume this work, the paved path along the woods south of Wells Drive (between Skinker and the picnic pavilion) will be closed during working hours (approximately 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day) beginning Monday, Feb. 14, up to and potentially including Thursrday, Feb. 17.

Path users will be directed to detour along Wells.

Prescribed Burn on Monday, Jan. 31

A controlled burn is planned for Monday, Jan. 31, starting at Deer Lake Savanna between 10-11 a.m.  During this time, there is a high likelihood that Grand Drive, between Cricket Drive and Union Drive will be closed.  We will be assessing weather and burning conditions throughout the day.  Depending on conditions, other high priority sites will include Kennedy Forest Boardwalk Northeast & Kennedy Savanna East, and secondarily Round Lake Vista & Hatcheries Prairie.

Follow updates and learn more about this ecological management process on our Burn Alert page.

Paved Path Closure Jan. 31-Feb. 4: Skinker to Tamm

The paved path in the southwest corner of the Park will be closed the week of Jan 31-Feb 4, 2022, during working hours (approximately 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day) for tree maintenance and removal. The closure will affect the path from where it crosses Wells Drive (near Skinker Boulevard) to Tamm Avenue. Crews will keep the gravel path next to it open when possible, but a a loader will run across that path to load branches. 

Alternatives: The walk along Wells, where the closure begins, is the most direct route to rejoin the path at Tamm Avenue.

Forest Perk Cafe Closed Till Spring

The Forest Park Cafe (inside the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center) will be temporarily closed for the season after Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, with plans to re-open later in spring 2022.

Oakland Avenue Playground Opens

November 4, 2021— The City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and Forest Park Forever are pleased to announce the renovated Oakland Avenue Playground is now open to the public. The playground is located on Forest Park’s southern edge near the intersection of Tamm and Oakland Avenues. The $300,000 project was funded by donations to Forest Park Forever, including a lead grant from the PNC Foundation, and the City of St. Louis. 

For the full release please click here.

COVID-19 Update  

July 24, 2021— We are aware of the latest St. Louis City and County guidelines and are closely following the advice provided by our local health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the City of St. Louis face covering mandate for indoor spaces, we will be requiring all Park visitors who enter the Forest Park Visitor Center to wear a face covering beginning July 26.
For the full City of St. Louis guidance, click here.

The Anne O'C. Albrecht Nature Playscape Is Open to the Public

June 2, 2021 — Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry are pleased to announce that the new Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape in Forest Park is now open to the public!

This highly anticipated opening follows nearly two years of construction to transform what had been 17 acres of turf grass into a one-of-a-kind experiential play space with natural landscapes that include native and diverse species. The project was funded by donors to the nonprofit conservancy Forest Park Forever and completed in partnership with the City of St. Louis. Read more here.


New World’s Fair Pavilion Comfort Station & Gathering Plaza

September 30, 2020 – The City of St. Louis Parks Division and Forest Park Forever are pleased to announce the opening of a significantly renovated comfort station and new gathering plaza in Forest Park near the World’s Fair Pavilion and the future Nature Playscape. What had been just a partial-year restroom has been transformed into a renovated and modernized building with year-round restrooms and a spacious new gathering plaza where visitors can meet, unwind and even charge their phones. Learn more about the highlights here.