Springfield Forest Park master plan calls for horticulture center, more indoor event space, carousel

This is the entrance of Forest Park in Springfield. (Mark M. Murray/Republican file)

By Jeanette DeForge | jdeforge@repub.com

SPRINGFIELD — A plan to improve upper Forest Park would return the focus of the area to a horticulture center, renovate the “monkey house” that has been closed for nearly 50 years, build a new lodge for a children’s educational camp and even install a carousel.

Over the past 20 years more than $30 million has been spent to enhance Forest Park, but there has always been one spot, called the upper park where the Cyr Arena and basketball courts are, that needs some attention, said Patrick J. Sullivan, the city’s executive director of parks, buildings and recreation.

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