A Walk Through Missouri’s Largest Municipal Parks

Forest and Swope Park both rank among our nation's largest city parks by acreage, and both played important roles in the development of their communities.


April 16, 1917

Construction began on a permanent theater for the Municipal Opera in Forest Park, St. Louis. It was completed in just 49 days.


January 19, 1871

On this date, Hiram Leffingwell presented his plans for a huge city park west of Kingshighway in St. Louis.