Executive Director's Welcome

Thanks to the support of Forest Park Forever members, donors and volunteers — and our productive partnership with the City's Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and its Director, Greg Hayes — 2015 was a successful year for Forest Park and our own nonprofit conservancy.

While we are already amid a busy 2016, we wanted to take the opportunity to look back at a few highlights from the past 12 months. From improved infrastructure and completed maintenance projects to special events and new technologies, 2015 was a banner year for the region's greatest treasure. Supporters helped our team improve the Park in so many ways this year, from planting more than 50,590 bulbs, 4,560 trees, and 25 new seed species across the Park to helping 5,000 students and 800 teachers experience Forest Park as an incomparable place of learning. Every step of the way, Forest Park Forever's 1,200 dedicated volunteers were part of the journey, donating 12,500 hours for a time value total of $290,000.

As you scroll through this website, I hope you will take great pride in how much Forest Park represents the best of our region — and how, through remarkable generosity and partnerships, it keeps getting better every day. 

Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E. 
Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director