Oakland Playground Adjacent to Forest Park St. Louis MO

June 23, 2023

In the fall of 2021, VP Saint Louis embarked on a unique and inspiring endeavor at Oakland Playground, adjacent to the magnificent Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Harnessing the power of community and the beauty of nature, our dedicated members supplied volunteer labor and equipment to construct a remarkable 'stump' turtle sculpture.

This extraordinary creation was crafted from 144 tree stumps sourced from Forest Park itself, creating a whimsical and captivating centerpiece for Oakland Playground. The design of the sculpture was recognized with a prestigious ASLA merit award, celebrating the talent and creativity of our team.

Our volunteers, in partnership with Forest Park Forever, worked tirelessly to position the stumps and meticulously level the area around the sculpture. With every stump carefully placed, we aimed to create a harmonious blend of art and nature, honoring the rich history of Forest Park. The stump turtle sculpture stands as a testament to our commitment to preserving the natural beauty of our community and infusing it with artistic expression.

The stump turtle sculpture not only adds visual appeal to Oakland Playground but also serves as a symbol of resilience and adaptation. The turtle, known for its wisdom and longevity, embodies the spirit of our community and the enduring strength that binds us together. It invites children and visitors to engage with their surroundings, sparking their imagination and nurturing their connection to nature.

At VP Saint Louis, we firmly believe in the power of collaboration and the transformative impact of community service. This project brought together volunteers from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, uniting in a shared passion for creating something truly remarkable. The construction of the stump turtle sculpture at Oakland Playground exemplifies our commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our community, one project at a time.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Forest Park Forever for their partnership and support throughout this endeavor. Together, we have fostered a stronger sense of unity and appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us. By combining our efforts, we have not only created an enchanting sculpture but also strengthened the bond between our community and the wondrous Forest Park.

We invite you to visit Oakland Playground and witness the magic firsthand. Explore the playground, engage with the stump turtle sculpture, and let your imagination take flight.

The sculpture stands as a testament to the creativity, passion, and collective spirit of our community. It reminds us that by embracing nature and infusing art into our surroundings, we can create spaces that inspire, uplift, and bring joy to all who visit.

As VP Saint Louis, we remain committed to the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of Oakland Playground and the stump turtle sculpture. We strive to create a safe and inviting space for families and children to enjoy, fostering a deep connection to nature and encouraging imaginative play. We invite you to join us on this journey—whether through volunteering your time, making a donation, or spreading the word about our project, your support is invaluable in shaping a community that celebrates creativity, nature, and the power of community.

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