Once again this year, thousands of visitors took advantage of the Forest Park Trolley as an affordable and sustainable way to navigate the Park and see all the major destinations. The Trolley is a partnership between Forest Park Forever, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo and the City of St. Louis. More than 62,000 riders took the Trolley during its May – September service, which equals an average of 423 riders per day. In 2015, tickets were available not just at the Perk Café inside the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center, but also at the Planetarium Ticket Station at the Saint Louis Science Center.
The St. Louis Police Department — including the St. Louis Mounted Police and the Park Rangers — continued to offer dedicated and strategic service to Forest Park for the benefit of all visitors. One new initiative in 2015 was the Police Department's "Park Smart" program, with the two lots in front of the Visitor Center being monitored daily, with a special focus on the a.m. hours when many runners, walkers and cyclists exercise here. In addition, Forest Park Forever worked with our City partners, including the Police, to review and make select safety-minded improvements in areas such as lighting, plantings, signage and street and path markings. This 2015 work included the addition or more than 600 light-pole address markers throughout the Park, which allow a visitor who might be in need to quickly identify his or her location to a responding authority.
Lastly, in November, Forest Park Forever and the City initiated a special study to create new strategies around connectivity and mobility in Forest Park and advance the Park's Master Plan. More than 1,300 citizens took part in a survey and public open houses at the Visitor Center, where thoughtful ideas were shared and discussed. This "Discovery Week" was covered by Fox-2, KTRS, St. Louis Public Radio, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Stay tuned for much more on this in 2016.