“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Game On!

A Tradition of Competition

Game On! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 22, 2021
1. Game On! Marker
Inscription.  Even before Forest Park hosted a segment of the 1904 Olympics, held concurrently with the World's Fair, the grounds had become a magnet for athletes. During these early decades, the Park was packed with visitors who arrived to swim and fish, ride bikes and horses, play lawn tennis and lacrosse. The competition was as sharp as the spectators' attire.

Walk, Run, Ride, Play

Forest Park remains an exercise paradise today, with sports of all kinds played by athletes at all levels. The 5.6-mile recreational path is especially popular with cyclists, walkers and runners, who use it to loop the Park year-round.


Forest Park's recreational fields and running/walking/cycling path are among dozens of significant landmarks, landscapes and natural areas restored and maintained through the public-private partnership of the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.

Forest Park — one of the Great Public Spaces in America* — is St. Louis' big backyard. Home to extraordinary natural areas, restored historic landmarks, world-class cultural institutions, hundreds of species
Game On! Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 22, 2021
2. Game On! Marker
Animals Always Sculpture (at the St. Louis Zoo) is in the background on the left.
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of wildlife and endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation, the 1,371-acre Park attracts more than 13 million visitors each year.

* American Planning Association, 2013

While Forest Park fell into disrepair during the second half of the last century, a $100 million restoration campaign led by Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis initiated a magnificent new era for the Park. Today, Forest Park Forever and the City continue this partnership to restore, maintain and sustain this civic treasure, with more Master Plan restoration projects recently completed, underway and planned for the coming years.
Erected by City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry; Forest Park Forever.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSports.
Location. 38° 37.98′ N, 90° 17.102′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is at the intersection of Wells Drive and Hampton Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Wells Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Wells Drive, Saint Louis MO 63110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World's Fair Pavilion (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Philip Vierheller (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Century of Free Flight
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(approx. Ό mile away); The Jewel Box (approx. Ό mile away); Historic Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Louis Zoo Friends Association (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elegance and Beauty through the Years (approx. 0.4 miles away); Why Are These Rocks Important? (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
More about this marker. A map of Forest Park is on the reverse side of the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Jul. 2, 2022