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At 1,293 acres, Forest Park exceeds the size of New York's Central Park by nearly 500 acres, and within are lakes, hills, wetlands, woodlands, and bountiful recreational opportunities. Within a few decades of its 1876 opening, Forest Park became the host for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, as well as the 1904 Summer Olympics. Known as the "Heart of St. Louis," the park features amazing attractions, such as the Saint Louis Zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum, The Muny, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Millions of Americans have come to Forest Park for world-class festivities and for celebrations of heroes, from Lewis and Clark to explorers of outer space. Today, the park continues to host remarkable events, including Fair St. Louis, Earth Day, Shakespeare in the Park, and LouFest.
About the Author
Don Corrigan is editor in chief of three newspapers in the St. Louis area for Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. He is also an award-winning professor of journalism at Webster University in its School of Communications. He is the author of five books on communications, the environment, and the outdoors. Holly Shanks is a freelance journalist in the St. Louis area and a cum laude graduate of Webster University, with a degree in journalism and certificate of outdoor and environmental journalism. Don Corrigan and Holly Shanks write and report regularly on the green/outdoor blog EnvironmentalEcho.com.