St. Louis' Forest Park undergoes $5.8M makeover

1 month 1 week 1 day ago June 11, 2017 Jun 11, 2017 Sunday, June 11 2017 Sunday, June 11, 2017 12:26:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' sprawling Forest Park is getting a $5.8-million makeover.

The roughly 1,300-acre park that's some 500 acres bigger than New York City's Central Park is renovating its 30-acre Central Fields, which has served as home to the yearly balloon race and LouFest festival.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the land will be evened, and irrigation and drainage will be added along with new visitor facilities and trails linking the area to other park attractions.

The new-look fields will include four soccer pitches, three rugby fields, new restrooms and a concession stand.

As the city's parks, recreation and forestry chief, Greg Hayes says he hopes the project will be completed by September 2018.

The project is largely funded by private donations.

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