Forest Park holds open house on transit

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Everyone knows traffic in the park can be daunting at times, especially during big events. But, it can also be challenging on days when the weather turns nice.

Last fall Forest Park Forever and the city of St. Louis held a four day open house and posted an online survey about connectivity in Forest Park, 1,300 people participated.

The ideas they were looking for deal with improving driving, walking, biking, and public transit options in the park. Some of the suggestions they received include things already in the plan, like improvements to two of the busiest roads in the park, which begin late this year or early next year.

"We are getting ready to rebuild the roads around the Zoo, Government and Wells with a much higher emphasis on pedestrians in that area. With sidewalks in that area where we have none now, a lot of crosswalks along the way to improve how people are getting to and from the park and to and from the zoo." said Leslie Hoffarth.

"Some places, like here, there are shortcuts that other people have made before us. So it would be nice to cut through the trees every so often with new sidewalks." said Katie Fossaceca.

They're also rebuilding the bridge by the boathouse so that it includes a sidewalk and an easier way to get down to the water below.

Ultimately, Forest Park Forever is hoping to find ways to cut down on the number of cars in the park by making connections to parking lots even easier to reach on foot or by bike.

Another idea is reducing traffic in the park at big events by adding off site parking and shuttles like the ones that have been successful during Fair St. Louis.

The open house runs until 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a formal presentation of the new strategies at 6:30 p.m.