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City of St. Louis to Offer Free Recycling for Christmas Trees
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 1, 2020 - After the glow of Christmas is over and the decorations have been taken down, City residents can take their bare trees to one of three City parks to be recycled for free.

Trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Forest Park: the lower Muny Opera parking lot
  • O'Fallon Park: picnic grounds #4 near West Florissant Ave. and Holly Ave.
  • Carondelet Park: between the maintenance yard gate and the recycling containers near Grand Blvd. and Holly Hills Ave.
Trees will be accepted at these sites between Thursday, December 26, 2019 and Sunday, January 12, 2020. The trees will be ground into mulch that will be free and made available at the same sites. Fake or plastic trees will NOT be accepted.

Trees must be free of ALL decorations. Please remove the ornaments, tinsel, lights, and the tree stand. Do NOT put the tree in a plastic bag or cover it. Wreaths and pine roping are NOT accepted.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has chosen locations in the north, south and central areas of the City to ensure the recycling sites are as convenient as possible.

City residents should NOT place Christmas trees in alley dumpsters or recycling containers.

However, the Refuse Division will collect them as part of its regular monthly bulk pickup program.


Winterfest to Stay Open Until January 26
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 1, 2020 - Winterfest, the pop-up community ice rink at Kiener Plaza, will run through January 26, 2020 - its longest season yet - to coincide with the 2020 NHL® All-Star Week in St. Louis. The event is hosted by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the St. Louis Blues and presented by Bank of America and World Wide Technology.

"We are so excited to bring Winterfest Ice Rink back to the newly renovated Kiener Plaza for an extended celebration of the holiday season and the NHL® All Star Game," said Ryan McClure, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. "We invite our neighbors, friends and out-of-town guests to lace up their skates and experience ice skating in downtown St. Louis during the most wonderful time of the year."

Winterfest Ice Rink Hours:

January 3 January 26, 2020:

  • Fridays: 4-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 12-8 p.m.
For a complete schedule of rink hours and special events, visit: ArchPark.org/Winterfest

City of St. Louis Launches NotifySTL Emergency Alert System
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - In the event of a natural disaster, severe weather or local emergency, people in the City of St. Louis will now have an improved way of finding out about vital information.

The City recently upgraded its free Emergency Alert Mass Notification System in an effort to help keep residents, businesses, and visitors better prepared, and able to respond more quickly and confidently.

People who were previously receiving alert messages from the City's Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) using the Nixle platform will now continue to receive messages through the new platform, NotifySTL. However, if they wish to re-select or customize delivery methods and alert types, registering online is suggested.

For people who are not currently subscribed, simply text STLCEMA to 888777 or enroll online at www.stlouis-mo.gov/notifystl.

"NotifySTL delivers the information our residents and visitors want and the important alerts they need. From evacuations to major utility outages to neighborhood boil orders, this will be a critical tool to keep people informed and safe when it matters the most," said Mayor Lyda Krewson.

Among NotifySTL's features are multiple contact methods, two-way communication, and updated weather alerts. CEMA will manage the tool in coordination with other City departments and agencies.

NotifySTL is designed to alert residents and visitors about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods, and law enforcement incidents/emergencies, to general announcements, such as large-scale utility outages or maintenance.

Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths - cell phone, SMS (text), home phone, email, fax and more - to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in the St. Louis 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but NotifySTL allows everyone to self-register, provide additional contact information, or opt-out.

"We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. When critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible," said Sarah Gamblin-Luig, St. Louis Public Safety official and NotifySTL Project Manager. "The NotifySTL system allows the City to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time, vital public information."


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