Forest Park is an intriguing venue. While it isn’t large at 1:5,000 scale, it is compartmentalized enough to feel like five or six different venues. Near central parking, there are open and rolling fields surrounded by picnic and playground equipment. Venture north and there are sometimes convoluted trails on steeps hill in light woods. Further, north and it’s so densely wooded and steep that we hardly use it, except at the edges.

Go south and you break through a building-heavy area into another campus of disbursed buildings on a wide, spacious lawn. West of that, and you’re back into semi-dense forest on a hillside.

Amazing sprint venue!

ABOUT THE PERMANENT COURSE

This venue features a permanent course, which you can do at any time! To try it out, print the PDF map and control descriptions below (or simply open them on your smart phone), read the instructions on the permanent course page, and have fun!

  1. Print/view the map
  2. Print/view the control description
  3. Learn the basics on the Permanent Course page

Please notify Jim Siscel if you observe any damaged or missing markers.

To find more venues with permanent courses, visit the Map of Maps page, where each permanent course is marked by a yellow pin.

Note: Samples of the map are provided here for educational purposes only; the map shown here is not kept up-to-date.

The permanent orienteering courses at Forest Park were designed and installed as a Boy Scout Eagle Award Service Project by Ryan Cook, Boy Scout Troop 16.

The purpose of providing these navigational and physical ratings below is to provide greater context for how challenging an orienteering course at this venue might be. For example, an advanced-level course at a local city park will be easier to complete than an advanced-level course in the mountains.

Navigational Challenge Rating: 6

Small park, subset areas…the navigation should be easier. And maybe it is when walking. But when you run from one area into a totally different one, requiring different pacing or fine-navigation skills, it’s easy to get turned around or overrun the next checkpoint because everything just changed. Or you momentarily thought you were in Campus A when you were in Campus B.

Physical Challenge Rating: 5

There are a couple of hilly wooded areas, but those aren’t used much. Instead the difficulty comes from running up and down the close-in hills, and even the open ground that’s often on a hill. It adds up!