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Loop Trolley Construction to Impact Metro Transit Service to Forest Park
The Metro #3 Forest Park Trolley will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning May 1, with extended hours during the peak summer tourist season until 7 p.m. each night from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 20, 2015 - As Bi-State area residents and tourists head to Forest Park this summer to enjoy the many popular attractions, one of their best options to avoid the traffic jams and parking issues is to take the Metro Forest Park Trolley.
This year, the Loop Trolley project in University City will impact MetroBus routes serving Forest Park as well as how MetroLink customers will be able to access the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station for several months starting on March 30.
According to information from Metro, the changes are necessary in order to accommodate construction work and the closure and demolition of the DeBaliviere Bridge at the Forest Park Parkway.
- #90 Hampton
From March 30 to September 27, the #90 Hampton will not provide service into Forest Park, and will instead reroute around Forest Park via Kingshighway Blvd. and Pershing Avenue. During this period, passengers connecting to the #90 Hampton from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station will need to board the bus on Pershing Avenue at DeBaliviere Avenue, just north of the MetroLink station.
- #3 Forest Park Trolley
To accommodate employees at Forest Park attractions who would normally take the #90 Hampton to work, the #3 Forest Park Trolley will offer limited service beginning on Monday, March 30. From March 30 to April 30, the #3 Forest Park Trolley will operate seven days a week between 6:21 a.m. and 10:37 a.m. each morning, and between 2:21 p.m. and 5:37 p.m. each afternoon.
The trolley will start its route at Pershing and DeBaliviere Avenues, just north of the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, and make stops at the Visitor's Center, Grand Basin, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo and the Boathouse. The #3 Forest Park Trolley will begin full-day operations on Friday, May 1.
Forest Park Is the 'Crown Jewel' of St. Louis
The newly renovated fountain on Government Hill beneath the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.
In 1876, Forest Park was created from 1,371 acres of land west of downtown St. Louis. By the 1890s, the public park was widely used for recreation with bicycle paths, baseball diamonds and lawn tennis courts. An expanded lake provided parkgoers with an opportunity for boating in the summer and skating in the winter. Funds were raised to develop the St. Louis Zoo by the Forest Park Zoological Association.
The western half of the metropolitan park was used as the site for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. Today, the Saint Louis Art Museum occupies one of the few remaining structures built for the Fair. The Missouri Historical Society is comprised of the new Emerson Electric Center and the Jefferson Memorial Building. The building was the first memorial built to honor Thomas Jefferson and was funded with proceeds from the 1904 Fair.
A natural amphitheater near Art Hill was developed as The Muny in 1917 with proceeds from a theatrical production called the Pageant and Masque which was performed on a stage built over part of the Grand Basin.
In 1936, an Art Deco-style Conservatory opened in Forest Park. The Jewel Box is surrounded by rose gardens, lily ponds, statuary and monuments and houses seasonal displays.
The site of a razed Mounted Police Station became space for the McDonnell Planetarium which was completed in 1963. In 1984, the city sold the Planetarium to the Museum of Science and Natural History. The building, renamed the St. Louis Science Center, is connected by a highway overpass and tunnel to its new headquarters, south of Forest Park.
Private donors to Forest Park Forever paid for the $1.1 million restoration of the World's Fair Pavilion. The current renovation is the first of three scheduled phases of Forest Park Master Plan. Forest Park is used by more than 13 million visitors a year. Forest Park Forever was founded in 1986 to work in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry to rehabilitate and maintain the Forest Park as the "Crown Jewel" of the metropolitan area.
The annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is held on Central Field, located just north of the Jewel Box. The Concours d'Elegance and Easter Car Show is held on the Muny upper parking lot.
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