Forest Park Transformed: Then And Now Photos

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever
Emerson Grand Basin in 2003 and now.
As we reported earlier this summer, St. Louis' Forest Park has been recognized as one of the most beautiful parks in the world, in large part because of its massive $100 million facelift.

Forest Park Forever -- the nonprofit group that works with the city to restore and maintain the site -- has launched a campaign this year to celebrate the park's 50,000 days in operation since it was first established in June of 1876. The "Recounting 50,000 Days" campaign is an effort to collect 50,000 memories of the park to share in the visitor center. Recently, the group shared some neat photos of the park's transformation over the last decade, offering a side-by-side look at how some sites have improved through various redevelopments.

"Forest Park is a great story of transformation," Jasmine Evans, spokeswoman for Forest Park Forever, tells Daily RFT.

See also:
- Forest Park Named One Of The Most Beautiful City Parks In The World (PHOTOS)

Evans provides us with these "before and after" shots of some of the most notable landmarks in the park. Take a look below and see how far the park has come in recent years.

Boathouse, June, 2003

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever


Jewel Box, December, 2002

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever


Government Hill, 2007

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

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Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Continue for more photos of the transformation.


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Gregg Mueller
Gregg Mueller

My wife and I spent the day in Forest Park today. Best city park in the COUNTRY!

Steve Neels
Steve Neels

Our little play ground year around..:)

faggotlover112
faggotlover112

Makes me happy I moved away in the mid-90's. STL remains a shithole in a shit state with shit weather. 

Cary Aye
Cary Aye

Working in the park from May - Sept for over 25yrs, I have watched it. I was upset when they cleared all of the old growth trees for the Golf Course along Lindell. There were some amazing trees lost.

jimdescher
jimdescher

The renovations and renewal in Forest Park have made it a wonderful place to visit and it is once again a real gem that all St Louisans can take pride in. I do have one comment that might seem negative but I think needs to be said. It is a fairly recent trend that major benefactors require their name, whether it be a corporation or a wealthy family, be put before the name of the entity being restored. I am very grateful to the businesses and individuals who contribute huge sums of money to help restore our landmarks to glory for all of us to enjoy. But wouldn't a plaque be just as nice? Do we really need to have a grocery store logo in the middle of our zoo? I don't mean to offend the donors, who are a very generous family in the region. But isn't the fact that you CAN do it enough of a reward?

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