Next summer's Fair St. Louis will be held at Forest Park. The Fair Saint Louis Foundation and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made the official announcement Wednesday evening at the Art Museum.
The 34th annual festival will be centered on Art Hill on July 3, 4 and 5. The 137th Veiled Prophet Parade will march through Forest Park instead of downtown St. Louis.
That's because the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds won't be finished in time. It could be done in time for the 2015 fair, but that decision won't be made until late next year.
The 2014 event will include the traditional air show, concerts, fireworks and a Kids Zone, with the main stage at the foot of Art Hill near the Grand Basin. And Fair officials are promising several new elements that will be unveiled early next year.
Four years after the discovery of lead paint forced closure of the St. Louis Mounted Police stables in Forest Park, the stables are open once again. The stables were closed for remediation in 2009. Lt. Carlos Ross says three police officers and one park ranger are certified to ride six horses, but he is seeking to increase those numbers. The St. Louis Mounted Police Unit dates to 1867. The unit disbanded in 1948 but was re-established in 1970.
The St. Louis Police mounted patrol horses are back in Forest Park full time.
The horses had moved out of their stables at the park after lead paint contamination became an issue in 2009. Since then, the horses were kept at a private farm, makeshift stables at other parks and recreation buildings according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
But a million-dollars in donations to Forest Park Forever made repairs at the old stables possible. The stable is now home to the unit's four horses and to two park ranger horses.
Charges have been filed against two men after an attempted holdup in Forest Park Monday night led to a fatal shooting. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office has filed second-degree murder and armed robbery charges against Joshua Hunter and Jamaal Robinson. Both are 20 years old. Hunter and Robinson were with 18 year old Antonio Nash Monday night when they approached a man and his female friend who were jogging near the Grand Basin at about 11:15. The man happened to be an off-duty St. Charles County sheriff's deputy. After being threatened and seeing that the suspects were armed, the deputy used his service weapon to shoot all three robbers. Nash died from his wounds and Hunter and Robinson are hospitalized. The joggers were not injured. A St. Louis homicide investigation continues and an internal investigation by the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will be conducted when the St. Louis police have completed their inquiries. Police say the deputy appeared to be justified in using lethal force. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
More than two dozens vehicles were broken into near LouFest over the weekend.
Police say thieves targeted a total of 29 vehicles on Sunday. Most of the vehicles were parked in the 5100 block of Clayton. Owners reported various electronics were taken. Police say the thefts occurred in the evening, with the majority concentrated between 9 and 10 PM.
The musical festival was held in the park on Saturday and Sunday.
"Remarkable." That's what the Muny's executive producer Mike Isaacson had to say about attendance this season. It was up 9% over last yea, well over the 5% boost Muny executives had hped for, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Including free tickets and community outreach, a total of over 383,000 people took in a show this year. That is the highest number in six years.
The most popular shows, Mary Poppins and Shrek. It was the first appearance at the Muny for both of the family-friendly shows.
And the Muny Opera isn't the only entertainment venue in Forest Park that's celebrating its popularity. The St. Louis Zoo has broken another record.
Officials say the zoo has nearly 53,000 members as of July 31. That is an 11% increase of the same time last year and represents a 20% increase over the past five years.
The zoo was also happy to announce that they have 1,000 members who paid at least $1,000.
Actor John O’Hurley will star in tonight's first show of the Muny's 95th Season featuring Monty Python’s Spamalot. John is best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld.
When the curtain goes up on the 2013 season at 8:15 each night, theatre-goers will be treated to something new...cooler, quieter fans that were installed during the off-season.
The Muny's seven-show season runs through mid-August and like last year patrons can take the Muny Trolley between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and The Muny, They are offered on 20-minute intervals from 7:22 p.m. to 8:02 pm. before the show and for two trips or more if necessary, to the station after the performance ends. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 to 12.
During the day, the #3 Forest Park Trolley conveniently connects area residents and tourists to all of the Forest Park attractions and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. For $2 for adults, $1 for children 5 to 12, and $1 for seniors 65 and older and disabled customers (with a valid Metro Reduced Fare Permit), visitors can ride the #3 Forest Park Trolley all day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Visitors don’t have to worry about driving in traffic congestion in the park, finding parking or moving their cars as they enjoy more than one attraction in the park by hopping on and off the Trolley. The #3 Forest Park Trolley conveniently drops off and picks up passengers at the front door of the park attractions.
Customers purchase tickets aboard the Trolley bus and the ticket is valid for unlimited rides on a single day on this #3 Forest Park Trolley route only. All Metro tickets, passes and transfers are accepted on the route as well. The Trolley runs every 20 minutes. A schedule and map of the route for the #3 Forest Park Trolley is posted on Metro’s website at www.metrostlouis.org. Customers can also call Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
The Forest Park Trolley service is a partnership between Metro and Forest Park Forever and its Park Partners: Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo.
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Thursday marked the 50,000th day since Forest Park was opened. To commemorate the anniversary, Forest Park Forever wants to collect 50,000 memories of the park.
Lesley Hoffarth, President of Forest Park Forever, invites residents to share their memories in person, or online through Twitter, Facebook, or email. Memories can be dropped off with a picture at the Forest Park Visitor Center Monday - Friday between 6 AM and 8 PM. On Twitter and Instagram users should use #FPF50K to mark their memories. Or they can be added to the group's Facebook page.
She also says there are plans underway to improve the park, including one project that should be popular, "We are going to update the signs!" She adds, "It is the number one complaint we get from people, that they can't find their way around.' The signs were designed in coordination with all of the different attractions in the park. In addition to signs placed near roads, there will also be signs along the walking paths throughout the park. They will give directions and approximate walking times to the attractions throughout the park. Work on the new signs will start this fall and should wrap up by the spring.
KTRS's own McGraw Milhaven shared his memory of the park, "My favorite memory of Forest Park is going to be the next time I visit, because every time I'm there I fall in love with it."
St. Louisans had a chance to review the framework of the expansion plans the Saint Louis Zoo is developing for the old Forest Park Hospital complex. Zoo officials unveiled some initial ideas for the 13 1/2 acre area across Interstate 64, south of the Zoo at an open house Wednesday evening.
Zoo President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Bonner explains what will be the first order of business once ground is broken. "We see immediate activity. We're going to go in and start renovating that seven story parking garage as quickly as we can. We'll do demolition for the main part of the hospital building as quickly as we can." Bonner went on to say, "The real planning starts now, when we take all of this wonderful input and then develop a strategic plan, what we're going to do for the next five, six or seven years."
Dr. Bonner says they are open and listening to many suggestions regarding the development. "I can see a commercial presence," he said. "I can see not doing it too, but I think it would be more welcoming place if there were certain services that we could provide for our visitors and, for that matter, neighbors and other people nearby."
The start date for renovations has not been determined.
The Killers and Wilco will headline this year's LouFest in Forest Park. The lineup for the annual music festival was announced Monday night via Twitter.
The Alabama Shakes and The National will also perform at the two-day event. A number of local acts are also scheduled to take the stage September 7th and 8th.
Tickets go on Sale this Friday.
Besides music, festival organizers are promising premium food vendors, an art market with quality local artisans, and plenty of fun & cool interactive activities around the park.
Also performing at Loufest 2013:
Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeros
Jim James, Local Natives
Fitz and the Tantrums
Toro Y Moi
Trampled By Turtles
Walk the Moon
Ra Ra Riot
Court Yard Hounds
Jukebox the Ghost
Brick + Mortar
J. Roddy Watson & the Business
Modoc and the Lonely Biscuits
St. Louis acts Kentucky Knife Fight and Tef Poe are also on the card.
The specific showtimes will be released this summer.