Forest Park’s New Playscape Is an All-Natural Playground [PHOTOS]

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Visitors to Forest Park will soon have a new, all-natural playground to explore: The Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape will open next week in the park near the World’s Fair Pavilion.

Funded by donations to Forest Park Forever, the Playscape was built to “enable visitors, especially children, to connect with nature and engage their senses as they explore, discover and learn.”

The Playscape includes seventeen acres of land and tons of plant life, including 300 trees, 700 shrubs and 40,000 perennials. In addition to the native and diverse species, the park also has nine distinct areas to explore, including the Sensory Garden, Spring, Meadow, Mounds and Wetland.

The area also includes bike racks, benches, drinking fountains, 30 tons of sand in play areas, 1,500 tons of boulders and rocks and 1,500 wood stump steppers.

“We look forward to the Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape opening to visitors this June,” said Greg Hayes, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry for the City of St. Louis. “We know how important outdoor green spaces are especially at this time, and this destination will be a fantastic new offering for St. Louisans and visitors to the region.”

The space opens on Wednesday, June 2. Visit forestparkforever.org/playscape to see visitor tips more.

Photos by Justin Barr