Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Forest Park Transformed: Then And Now Photos

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Emerson Grand Basin in 2003 and now. - COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever
  • Emerson Grand Basin in 2003 and now.

As we reported earlier this summer, St. Louis' Forest Park has been recognized as one of the most beautiful parks in the world, in large part because of its massive $100 million facelift.

Forest Park Forever -- the nonprofit group that works with the city to restore and maintain the site -- has launched a campaign this year to celebrate the park's 50,000 days in operation since it was first established in June of 1876. The "Recounting 50,000 Days" campaign is an effort to collect 50,000 memories of the park to share in the visitor center. Recently, the group shared some neat photos of the park's transformation over the last decade, offering a side-by-side look at how some sites have improved through various redevelopments.

"Forest Park is a great story of transformation," Jasmine Evans, spokeswoman for Forest Park Forever, tells Daily RFT.

See also: - Forest Park Named One Of The Most Beautiful City Parks In The World (PHOTOS)

Evans provides us with these "before and after" shots of some of the most notable landmarks in the park. Take a look below and see how far the park has come in recent years.

Boathouse, June, 2003

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  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

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  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Jewel Box, December, 2002

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  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Government Hill, 2007

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Continue for more photos of the transformation.

Emerson Grand Basin, September, 2003

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever
COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever
COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

World's Fair Pavilion, September, 1998

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Now:

COURTESY OF FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Courtesy of Forest Park Forever

Continue for more photos.

Some more before and after shots via Forest Park Forever's website.

Pagoda Circle, Before

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Now:

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Boeing Aviation Field, Before

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever
FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Probstein Golf Course, Before

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Now:

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Visitor Center, Before

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

Now:

FOREST PARK FOREVER
  • Forest Park Forever

For fun, some more photos of the park today below, some from our previous coverage:

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  • Forest Park Forever

Continue for more photos of the park.

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