Forest Park

Overview and amenities for Forest Park

Jewel Box and Reflecting Pool
Jewel Box and Reflecting Pool by City of St. Louis

Forest Park was dedicated on June 24, 1876, coinciding with the centenary of the United States Declaration of Independence.

It played host to the 1904 World's Fair.

The 1,300-acre park offers something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events — all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape it all.

This archived History of Forest Park provides background on the creation of the park, the World's Fair and the history of the buildings in the park.

Ordinance Year: 1874

Size: 1370.00 acres

Park Type: City Park

Maintained By:
Parks Division

Related Neighborhoods
Central West End, Forest Park Southeast, Franz Park, Hi Pointe, Skinker DeBaliviere, Wydown Skinker

Related Wards
Ward 4, Ward 9, Ward 10

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Outdoor Attractions

Sports Grounds

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