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#3X Muny Trolley Is Back in Service at Forest Park
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 10, 2018 - The Muny in Forest Park is celebrating its 100th season this summer, and Metro Transit makes it easy to enjoy all of the sights, sounds and excitement of one the St. Louis region's most popular summertime attractions.

The #3X Muny Trolley is back in service this year to provide Muny-goers with direct service between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center and The Muny for all 53 of its scheduled performances from June 11 to August 12. The season kicks off on June 11 with Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

Prior to each show, the Muny Trolley will operate every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center and The Muny. The Muny Trolley will provide return trips to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center for 20 minutes after the show ends. The Muny Trolley will also be available to take Muny-goers back to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center immediately after any performances that are shortened by inclement weather.

Trolley riders can take advantage of free parking at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center, or combine MetroLink and the #3X Muny Trolley by parking at one of the 20 other free Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois and riding MetroLink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Transit Center. Tickets to ride the #3X Muny Trolley are purchased at the time of boarding, and the cost for a round-trip ticket is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 to 12. All valid Metro tickets, passes and transfers, including Forest Park Trolley passes, are accepted on the Muny Trolley.


Boathouse in Forest Park
Boathouse in Forest Park
Big Muddy Adventures Adds Boathouse Paddle Co
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - 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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