Council Circle Nearly Complete: Project Adds Another Human-scale “Place” to Forest Park

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{the new council circle looking south}

To follow up on an earlier post about the new "council circle" in Forest Park, I have a couple quick cellphone photos to show just how nice and unobtrusive the addition is. As I've commented before, Forest Park is somewhat lacking in "places," those spots where one returns to time and time again to relax, read or just take in the ambiance of the park.

The council circle is built into the bank of the stream a little more than a hundred feet or so behind the Sigel Statue that sits where Union Boulevard terminates in the park. It's understated and while a little landscaping remains, the limestone blocks do not detract from the bucolic nature of the walking path. When you get a chance be sure to check out the latest human-scale addition to the park and let us know what you think.

I've been told that there are plan for more "places" like this that await private donor support. The risk is that while driving through the park or attending an event at one of the major park attractions one sees the renovation of the park to be complete. After all there are newly paved roads and sidewalks, rebuilt fountains and the MUNY, History Museum and Art Museum look great. Let's hope that the new Forest Park Forever President is a successful fundraiser.


{the new council circle looking northeast}


{rendering and site location of council circle}

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  • carolynburkestl

    This is a great spot for small weddings and elopements. The photos are GREAT.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Great to hear – it’s still one of my favorite spots in the park.