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Forest Park Access, Circulation & Parking Study

Forest Park Access, Circulation & Parking Study

  • Balanced Needs of Automobile Access with Pedestrian/Bicycle Users
  • Transportation Systems Designed for the Park Setting
  • Extensive Stakeholder Engagement
  • Special Event Traffic Management
  • Comprehensive Multimodal Analysis
  • Several Recommendations Implemented or Programmed for Construction

Forest Park has been transformed by over $100 million of improvements in the past decade, resulting in a resurgence of its popularity. The result is a vibrant regional attraction with more than 12 million annual visitors. This success is straining the Park’s access, circulation, and parking facilities.

CBB created a plan to address the park’s multimodal systems and facilitate collaboration amongst a wide range of stakeholders including the City of St. Louis, the Park’s Institutions (e.g., St. Louis Zoo), Forest Park Forever; neighborhood groups adjacent to the park, and organizers of special events that are held within the park (e.g., Balloon Race).

The development of the plan took a holistic view of the Park’s infrastructure and systems as they relate to transportation. It included a comprehensive data collection effort including more than 50 traffic counts, extensive parking surveys, a walkability/bikeability audit, transit analysis, an in-park user survey, and demographic reviews. This effort also included more than 20 interviews with the Park’s stakeholders.

The resulting recommendations promote what is best for the park as a whole, while taking into account the needs of the Park’s individual institutions and activities.There were four primary recommendations:

  • Develop a Comprehensive Way-finding System
  • Develop a Park-wide “Concierge Service”
  • Enhance the Forest Park Shuttle
  • Complete the Dual Path System (bicycle/pedestrian)

The enhanced shuttle and the dual path system have been implemented, and the way-finding signing is scheduled to be implemented in 2014.

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CBB 
12400 Olive Boulevard, Suite 430
St. Louis, MO 63141
314-878-6644
314-878-5876 (fax)