Photo Flood 5: Forest Park

jasongray 14photograph by Jason Gray

St. Louis’ favorite place to relax and unwind is undeniably Forest Park. Opened in 1876, this 1,371-acre green space is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and hosts many attractions including the St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, The Muny (a municipal theatre), and Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, among others. It is also a fabulous place to walk; I have personally spent countless hours wandering the trails of the John F. Kennedy Forest and beyond.

jasongray 09photograph by David Moore

jasongray 11photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

jasongray 01photograph by Patrick Gioia

jasongray 17photograph by Jeni Kulka

As evidenced in many of these photographs, the park takes on a magical quality after dark. Exploring the seemingly infinite paths in this context provides a restrained counterpoint to the daytime hustle and bustle. At times, it feels almost as if you might have the whole thing to yourself. That is, until you turn a dark corner to reveal a busy ice skating rink (the largest outdoor rink in the Midwest), or a spinning carousel full of smiling children. Also, you could do as we did, and stop for a drink at The Boathouse overlooking the glistening water of Post Dispatch Lake.

jasongray 04photograph by Amanda Krebel

jasongray 15photograph by Jeni Kulka

jasongray 02 (1)photograph by David Moore

jasongray 01 (1)photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis

jasongray 03photograph by Patrick Gioia

jasongray 05photograph by David Moore

jasongray 12photograph by Jason Gray

jasongray 07photograph by Mandi Gray

jasongray 04 (1)photograph by Jason Gray

jasongray 02photograph by Amanda Krebel

jasongray 10photograph by Mandi Gray

jasongray 03 (1)photograph by Jason Gray

jasongray 13photograph by David Moore

jasongray 18photograph by Jeni Kulka

jasongray 08photograph by Jason Gray

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Our end point in Forest Park was the Boathouse on Post-Dispatch Lake. The night was freezing cold, but we warmed up quickly with their Boathouse Ale (brewed by Schlafly), and yummy dinner options. A few more Ales, and we might have even tried to rent a paddleboat…

forestpark 03photograph by Patrick Gioia

  1. […] expressed significant change to the urban landscape of St. Louis. Notably, the 1876 foundation of Forest Park on the city’s western fringe drew development towards it. Many of the Central West […]

  2. […] between nearby residents and the city, which was seeking popular approval for the creation of Forest Park. At the time, the location of Forest Park was too long of a trip away to be enjoyed by residents of […]

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