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Forest Park Trolley Kicks Off for 2016 Summer Season
Visitors can ride the #3 Metro Forest Park Trolley Service line, daily from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., seven days a week, through September 11. Archived slfp.com photo
ST. LOUIS (SLFP.com) - 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.
The Metro Forest Park Trolley (MetroBus route #3) will operate daily between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. through September 11, 2016, and will connect all of the popular Forest Park attractions with the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. The Trolley will operate every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes during the weekend.
Forest Park Trolley 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. A valid Metro Reduced Fare permit is required for the Senior and Disabled discount. Two convenient Park & Ride options are available for visitors inside Forest Park: the Twin Parking Lots across from the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center and the Festival & Parking Plaza at the Upper Muny. Visitors can park their vehicles at these lots and then hop aboard the Forest Park Trolley for a quick and easy trip to their destinations inside Forest Park.
The Metro #3 Forest Park Trolley 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.
Trolley information and a map of the Forest Park Trolley route can be found at www.metrostlouis.org or by calling Customer Service at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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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