ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The American Planning Association (APA) announced Thursday that Forest Park has been named one of the 10 Great Public Spaces for 2013 through the organization's Great Places in America Program.
APA looked at its design, cultural institutions, amenities, and 137-year history. The park, which attracts 13 million visitors annually, recently completed a $100 million restoration. It is the nation's seventh largest urban park with 1,371 acres, making it 60 percent larger than New York's Central Park.
"Forest Park's restoration is the result of a multi-pronged planning effort-involving residents and public-private partnerships-that integrated the park's natural and man-made features to allow for a cohesive visitor experience," said APA CEO Paul Farmer, FAICP.
For more information about Forest Park and the other great places in America, visit the American Planning Association's website.
NewsChannel 5 intern Tanica Russell contributed to this report.