On New Year’s Day, Forest Park Forever officially launched a social media campaign to celebrate the 140th anniversary of St. Louis’ iconic Forest Park. The Twitter account @ForestPark140 has begun sharing historical highlights from the Park’s first 140 years in 140 characters or less. The account will follow a first-person narrative, from the perspective of the Park and will be publishing content in both words and pictures throughout 2016.
“St. Louis is a city with a rich history, and Forest Park has played a significant role in that history,” said Forest Park Forever Strategic Communications Director Stephen Schenkenberg. “We think the community will really enjoy using a modern-day platform like Twitter to immerse themselves in Forest Park history throughout the year. With this campaign, we are able to share stories of the many amazing things that have happened within these 1,300 acres, as well as chronicle Forest Park’s remarkable comeback over the past three decades.”
Followers of this new account will have the opportunity to learn about Forest Park’s cultural institutions, historic structures, statues and monuments, famous events and more. Tweets thus far have revealed the history of the Nathan Frank Bandstand at Pagoda Circle, the original use of the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center and information about the Edward Bates statue among other historic details. V
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About Forest Park Forever
Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.
Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.
Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.