Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Park Plan Gets Final Approval $100 Million Project Will Take 15 Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Park Plan Gets Final Approval $100 Million Project Will Take 15 Years

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It's official. The $100 million Forest Park Master Plan is the city's guide for improvements to the park in the next 15 years.

The St. Louis Community Development Agency Commission unanimously approved the plan Tuesday.

More than two years in the making, the plan calls for fixing all that's been crumbling away, while keeping the park's green space and its historic character. It allows the Art Museum and other institutions to expand. And it includes other improvements:

Doubling the recreation paths.

Connecting some institutions with landscaped walkways.

Moving golf holes off Art Hill.

Connecting the Grand Basin with the nearby Post-Dispatch Lake and ringing the area with landscaped promenades, benches, lighting and picnic areas.

Closing or modifying at least a dozen roads in the park, improving entrances and redesigning roads around some major attractions.

The city plans to supply about $50 million, using $30 million in sales tax money earmarked for the park during the next 15 years, plus park lease proceeds and possibly state money. …

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