With construction on the Arch grounds still underway, Fair Saint Louis will return to Forest Park this 4th of July weekend. As in 2015, we are working hard to stage an event that is as great as its venue, that protects the park itself, and that is sensitive and respectful to the lives of the people who live near the park.
It is important that you have the chance to hear about our plans directly from us, including any modifications to our detailed transportation plan for this year. We want to be a good neighbor and a good steward of the park for the three-day event. As plans for the Fair continue to be developed, we will be in touch with specific information, and will look forward to regrouping with you at that time.
Meanwhile, if you have questions, feel free to contact Cait VanDeWiele directly at 314-880-8141. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
June 4 from 5 – 7 pm at the Forest Park Visitors center in the Trolley Room
June 5 from 5 – 7 pm at the Living World in the Saint Louis Zoo
June 11 from 5 – 7pm at the Forest Park Visitors center in the Trolley Room
With continued construction on the Arch grounds still underway, Fair Saint Louis will return to forest Park this 4th of July weekend. As in 2015, we are working hard to stage an event that is as great as its venue, that protects the park itself, and that is sensitive and respectful to the lives of the people who live near the park.
It is important that you have a chance to hear about our plans directly from us, including any modifications to our detailed transportation plan for this year. We want to continue to be a good neighbor and a good steward of the park for the three-day event, and will continue to work with the Neighborhood Presidents to help ensure that they have access to all the relevant information for this year. Meanwhile, if you have questions, feel free to contact Cait VanDeWiele directly at 314-880-8141. You can also email us at email@example.com.
We also want to accommodate you and your guests. If the information does not address your specific situation, do not hesitate to contact Cait VanDeWiele directly at 314-880-8141. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know you love Forest Park. We very much appreciate you sharing it with the rest of us. We intend to protect it like you would.
What is the schedule for Fair Saint Louis 2016?
Fair Saint Louis will be open during the following times:
For a detailed schedule for each day, including Parade Town activities taking place before the Fair, click here.
Due to the success of the 2014 Transportation Plan, minimal changes have been made to this year’s plan. However, please review the information as a refresher for this year’s plans.
Where in the Park is the Fair?
All the Fair Saint Louis festivities will be located on and around Art Hill. A map of the Fair’s location in Forest Park is included on the first page of the Transportation Section on our website.
How do we get to the Fair?
While we envision most Forest Park Neighbors will bike or walk to the Fair, we do encourage you to review the comprehensive transportation plan that has been developed to ensure a safe and enjoyable Fair for all. Be sure to check out MetroLink and the Shuttle Route Map, as you may find it most convenient to walk to a nearby MetroLink Station or a shuttle stop and catch a ride to the Fair from there. We will provide shuttles from the northeast end of the park, at West Pine, as well as from the Planetarium. The shuttle plan will be detailed on the website in the coming days. Bike Valet also will be available for those who choose to ride their bike to the event.
What information can you share about local street closures & parking restrictions? In working with the City and Regional Agencies responsible for traffic flow and life safety issues, it has been determined that:
1) Lindell Blvd. will be closed starting at 6am Thursday July 2nd thru 6am Sunday July 5th from Skinker to Kingshighway. Resident’s access is as follows:
Other Major and Secondary streets will be affected either by restricted flow advisory (with signs indicating that access is permitted for local traffic only) or no parking or both, as detailed below. Parking passes will not be issued or needed for restricted flow advisory streets.
Restricted Flow Advisory streets - For Local Traffic Only (parking passes not required):
1) Skinker from Delmar to Clayton Rd.
2) DeBaliviere from Delmar to Pershing
3) Union from Delmar to Forest Park Parkway
4) Forsyth from Big Bend to Skinker
5) Wydown from Big Bend to Skinker
6) All neighborhood streets intersecting with
a. Oakland from Hampton to McCausland
b. McCausland from Clayton Rd. to Dale Ave.
c. Skinker from Clayton Rd. to Delmar
d. From Lindell to Delmar and the City Limits to Kingshighway
There will be No Parking posted and enforced by towing on:
1) All streets inside Forest Park
2) Forest Park Parkway between Euclid and Kingshighway – North side of street
3) Kingshighway from West Pine to I-64 – West side of street
4) Skinker/McCausland from Forest Park Parkway to I-44 – Both sides of street
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There will be some restrictions to turning lanes on Major Arteries around the park to expedite the flow of traffic and to mitigate any time delays in access to the hospitals by non Fairgoers and Emergency Vehicles. Most notable of which are:
1) Most Park Entrances will be closed to vehicular traffic so no turn lanes into the park off Kingshighway will be open
2) No Left turn from 9pm – 1am
a. Kingshighway North to Manchester West
b. Manchester East to Kingshighway North
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How will all the road closures impact Fire Trucks and EMS vehicles if there is an emergency?
All streets will be accessible to emergency vehicles at all times.
Will there be shuttle service from the various surrounding neighborhoods?
Shuttles won’t run through the nearby neighborhoods, but area residents will be able to take advantage of two shuttles operating from the northeast end of the park, at West Pine, and from the Planetarium. Those shuttles will serve two of the main entrances to the fairgrounds inside Forest Park.
I have friends coming to a barbecue at my home on July 4th. Are there any particular directions I need to give them to make it easier for them to get here without getting caught up in the Fair traffic?
Our transportation plan is designed to get people to the Park and the various parking lots serving Fair Saint Louis. Encourage your guests to familiarize themselves with the recommended routes to access the Fair so they will know which roads will be carrying that traffic and can consider another route to your home. If you live off Lindell Boulevard between Skinker Blvd. and Kingshighway Blvd, you will need to provide your guests with passes to access Lindell. Lindell passes were mailed out on June 4, 2015. If you did not receive the passes, please contact Cait VanDeWiele at email@example.com.
What steps are being taken to minimize any negative impact from traffic or fairgoers on our neighborhoods?
As you’ll see in the transportation section of our website, recommended routes have been developed to bring fairgoers to the Park and designated parking areas without having to go through local neighborhoods. A variety of planned road closures in the neighborhoods adjacent to Forest Park will also alert the commuting public that those roads are open to local traffic only.
Is there a cost to attend the concerts?
No. Fair Saint Louis is a gift from the Fair Saint Louis Foundation to the community, thanks to the generous support of our many sponsors and the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Will we be able to hear the concerts from our street?
If you live within a couple of miles of Forest Park, you may be able to hear the sound system. To really experience and enjoy the performances you'll want to be on Art Hill.
How late will the concerts be?
We are respecting the nearby neighborhoods by enforcing a strict sound curfew of 10 pm for the music, and ensuring that the fireworks display will be completed by 10:30 pm.
What time will the fireworks be at each night?
The fireworks will begin at approximately 10 pm, right after the headline performances by Chris Young, Melissa Etheridge and Kool & The Gang and will last for approximately 20 – 30 minutes
Will the VP Parade be going through any of our neighborhoods?
No. The VP Parade route is all within Forest Park. You can view the route at www.vpparade.org.
Are there any special VIP packages available to residents who are neighbors to Forest Park?
There aren’t VIP packages specifically designated for nearby residents, but we do have several VIP sponsor package options available on our website and several of our media partners will be providing opportunities for people to win different VIP Experiences too.
What precautions are being taken to ensure the fireworks won’t harm the animals at the Zoo?
We are working closely with Zoo professionals, who have provided guidance during previous fireworks displays in the vicinity of the Zoo, to ensure that our fireworks display is suitable for the Zoo animals. The Zoo is on the south side of Forest Park and it is expected that fireworks will be launched from the northern half of the park. The noise will be an acceptable level in keeping with standard Fourth of July celebrations.
If you have additional questions not addressed here, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.