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Ribbon cutting to celebrate Forest Park Forever Tuesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A major improvement project to an area in and around Forest Park makes it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.

A ribbon cutting was held this morning to celebrate the completion of the $2 million project. It focused on the southwest edge of the park at Skinker Blvd and Oakland Avenue and also along Oakland itself.

A mile-long sidewalk has been added along Oakland Avenue that runs from Skinker to Hampton. About two miles of bicycle lanes have been put in as well along Oakland.

New traffic signals and crosswalks were also installed in the area.

“It’s much easier. It’s much safer. We have designated places for people to walk with the marked crosswalks. There are pedestrian indications so you push the button, wait for the signal and then you know you have time to walk across the intersection,” said Lesley Hoffarth, the President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever.

The project started in January.

It was funded by a combination of federal dollars, city funds and a private contribution.