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Public Asked for Input on Forest Park East Waterways Improvement Project
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, August 19, 2018 - The Forest Park East Waterways improvement project is the final phase of the long-term Connected Waterway project in Forest Park.

Project goals include completing the linkage of the waterway system, enhancing fishing habitat and access, improving water quality, providing opportunities for passive recreation and more.

The City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever welcome your input and questions at an upcoming General Public Open House, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 4 - 8 p.m. at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park. Please drop in during this four-hour window and see initial concepts, pose questions and share your feedback.

Can't make the event? We're setting up informational booths about the project at the O'Fallon Park Rec Plex, Wednesday, August 22, and Carondelet Park Rec Complex, Thursday, August 23. You can also submit comments through

Boathouse in Forest Park
Boathouse in Forest Park
Big Muddy Adventures Adds Boathouse Paddle Co
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - Boathouse Paddle Co. is a new partnership with Big Muddy Adventures, the City of St. Louis Parks Department and The Sugarfire Smokehouse Group.

Boathouse Paddle Co operates the dock at The Boathouse at Forest Park. In addition to the beloved paddleboats, the company offers canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards for rent daily from 11 am to sunset.

"After the success of our pop up paddleboard rental last summer, we are so excited to be able to partner with Sugarfire to bring these great paddle activities to the best urban park in the country" said Roo Yawitz, the General Manager of Boathouse Paddle Co.

Rental pricing for paddleboats, canoes and XL paddleboards will be $20 for the first hour. Pricing for kayaks and regular paddleboards will be $15 an hour. Additional hours for all boats will be $15. Group reservations will be accepted for 10 or more boats and all other rentals will be first come first served.

Additional programming such as SUP yoga, kayak classes, guided tours and moonlight paddles are also available.

Fountain at World's Fair Pavilion
The fountain on Government Hill beneath the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

Forest Park Is the 'Crown Jewel' of St. Louis
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.

Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race have been relocated to Art Hill due to construction on Central Fields. The Concours d'Elegance and Easter Car Show is held on the Muny upper parking lot.

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