Here's a shoutout for Forest Park's 145th birthday Thursday. Opened in 1876, it was designed as a carriage park that boasted "a wonderful sight around every curve.” Thursday would be a good time to celebrate that "wonderful," which has been constantly expanded and has rightly earned the park's time-honored reputation as the Jewel of St. Louis. A jewel that is now guaranteed forever. So, cheers for one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and a special toast to the really wonderful use of a word everybody likes — free.
Fred Ruhrwien • St. Louis County