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Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park
On an unusually warm day, January 26, 2014, with temperatures in the mid fifties, young skaters in t-shirts and their families were eager to take to the ice after the Zamboni cleaned Steinberg Skating Rink in Forest Park. Archived 2014 SLFP.com photo

Steinberg to Open Friday Afternoon for Skating Season
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 13, 2014 - Historic Steinberg Skating Rink, the largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Midwest, will open Friday afternoon, November 14, 2014 for public skating all day, everyday, including all holidays.

The 27,600 sq ft rink is open no matter what the weather or temperature is. Skate admission is $6 and valid for all day. Skate rental is $4, size toddler 6 through adult 15. Skaters may arrive at anytime during business hours & skate as long as you like as there are no sessions.

Snowflake Cafe offers appetizers, sandwiches, snacks, burgers, soda, hot chocolate, beer and wine and is open during hours of operation. Skaters can also enjoy free WiFi.

All Ages Skate Admission: $6; Skate Rental: $5 (Hockey and figure skates, size toddler 6 thru adult 15 are available). Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - Midnight.

Steinberg Skating Rink offers a great atmosphere for Holiday Parties and Corporate Events. Skaters can enjoy a New Year's Eve Party with party favors. An appetizer buffet is available from 7 - 11 p.m. Cost is $20 (over 21) and $15 (under 21). For special holiday hours and more information, please call 314-361-0613.


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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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