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Forest Park Trolley
The Forest Park Trolley officially returns for its seventh season of service with two trolley routes. Archived © SLFP.com photo

Forest Park Trolley Returns to Service with Two Trolley Routes
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 14, 2017 - Metro transit, Forest Park Forever and their Forest Park partners make it easy for bi-state area residents, visitors and families to enjoy all that the 1,300-acre Forest Park has to offer with the Metro Forest Park Trolley. The Forest Park Trolley officially returns for its seventh season of service on Saturday, April 15.

New for 2017, Forest Park Trolley riders have more options with two trolley routes to choose from, depending on their destination. The Blue Forest Park Trolley route serves the western side of Forest Park, with stops at the World's Fair Pavilion, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum and Emerson Grand Basin.

The Green Forest Park Trolley route serves the eastern side of Forest Park, with stops at the Jewel Box and the Saint Louis Science Center and Planetarium.

Both trolley routes begin at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station, and both routes make stops at the Missouri History Museum, Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, The Muny and the Boathouse.

The Metro Forest Park Trolley (MetroBus route #3) will operate daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Saturday, April 15 through Monday, September 4. The Blue Trolley route operates every 15 minutes on weekdays and the weekend, and the Green Trolley route operates every 30 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes during the weekend.

Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children (ages 5-12), seniors and disabled passengers, and the Trolley is free for children ages 4 and under. Valid fare provides all-day on and off privileges on both the Blue and Green Forest Park Trolley routes. A valid Metro Reduced Fare permit is required for the Senior and Disabled discount.

A convenient Park & Ride option is available for visitors inside Forest Park at the Visitor Center Lot across from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center. Guests can park their vehicle at this lot and then hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley for a quick and easy trip to their destinations inside Forest Park. In addition, there are free Park-Ride lots at 21 MetroLink stations in Missouri and Illinois. Park visitors can ride MetroLink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and then catch the Blue Forest Park Trolley or the Green Forest Park Trolley at the station, depending on the zoo attractions they want to go to first.

The Metro #3 Forest Park Trolley service is a partnership between Forest Park Forever, Metro, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

Forest Park Trolley Tips:
One-Day Trolley tickets can be purchased on the Trolley (exact change is required), at Forest Perk Café inside the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, and at the Planetarium Ticket Station at the Saint Louis Science Center. Each Trolley ticket allows unlimited rides on the Forest Park Trolley for the day the fare is purchased. For more information, call 314-982-1495.


Forest Park Visitors Center
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center © slfp.com archived photo

Fair Saint Louis Announces 2017 Dates in Forest Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Fair Saint Louis will return to Forest Park for the fourth year.has announced its 2017 dates. The 37th annual Independence Day celebration will be held July 2, 3 & 4, 2017, as fans pack the grounds that once hosted the 1904 World's Fair.

Fair Saint Louis has also announced volunteer leaders James Boldt, 2016 vice chairman, as general chairman for the 2017 event, and David Estes, 2016 venue management chairman, as vice chairman.

"With nearly 235,000 attendees and a dozen entertainers at Fair Saint Louis 2016, we're looking forward to an even bigger and better 2017," said Boldt. "Forest Park is truly an incredible venue to host America's Biggest Birthday Party, and we're once again looking forward to showcasing America's No. 1 city park to St. Louisans and visitors alike during next year's celebration."


Fountain at World's Fair Pavilion
The newly renovated 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.

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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