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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Forest Park Is the Best City Park in the U.S., Thrillist Says

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 2:57 PM

click to enlarge Don't worry, Jewel Box — Thrillist hasn't forgotten you. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR / CWMC
  • Photo courtesy of Flickr / CWMc
  • Don't worry, Jewel Box — Thrillist hasn't forgotten you.
Good job, Thrillist. You are on the path to redeeming yourself. 

As St. Louis Magazine reported earlier today, Thrillist has declared our very own Forest Park the best city park in America. It beat out fourteen other finalists for the No. 1 spot, including such heavy hitters as San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, L.A.'s Griffith Park and San Diego's Balboa Park.

Thrillist rightly acknowledges Forest Park's awesome free museums, the Jewel Box, the Muny and, of course, the Saint Louis Zoo. The trails, the soccer field and Steinberg Skating Rink receive nods for those looking to do things other than sightsee, and the Cascades waterfall is pinpointed as a great place to picnic. Thrillist even notes one of our favorite bragging points — the fact that Forest Park is larger than Central Park (by 450 acres, to be exact. But who's counting?)

We have to admit, Thrillist had us a bit concerned back in April when its writers declared Chesterfield St. Louis' coolest suburb. Supposedly, Chesterfield has an "at least respectable" food scene, a not "awful" commute (the people of Thrillist have obviously never been on Highway 40), and a "history or unique elements" (Chesterfield was founded in 1988). 

But Forest Park's nomination was a delightful surprise — and put to rest our fears about drive-by journalism in the year 2016. As Thrillist writer Nadia Imafidon explains, "Nowhere else in America will you be able to walk manicured green space, look at a Van Gogh painting, and visit with polar bears and red pandas — all without spending a dime." 

So, as much as it pains us to say this, thank you, Thrillist. This one, you got right. 

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