Today’s cake is located at a park that I cannot believe I didn’t know about. Located in East St. Louis, Illinois, the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park offers amazing views of the Arch. The Metro East Park and Recreation District’s website is chock full of information about the park, so in the interest of brevity I’ll just hit the highlights. The Gateway Geyser is the park’s main claim to fame. It began operating in 1995 after a $4 million fundraising effort by the Gateway Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, a non-profit group that was founded by the park’s namesake. The Geyser is the world’s second tallest fountain, and it can reach a maximum height of 600 feet, which is identical to the Arch’s height. In 2005, the non-profit gave the title to the Geyser and 34.1 acre park to the Metro East Park and Recreation District. On June 18, 2005, the park was dedicated as the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park. In addition to the Geyser, the park offers a scenic overlook of the Mississippi River. It’s one of the best views of the Arch that I’ve seen, and it’s primarily the result of Malcolm W. Martin’s work. Martin was born in St. Louis, and served in World War II. He became a civil rights activist, and a great community force. He believed in the park, and he wanted to connect the Arch’s construction with a park for the community. As previously mentioned, he founded a non-profit that he left a posthumous gift of $5 million to.
Theresa Hopkins painted the cake at the park. It features a monochrome camera theme, and the base of the cake conveys a birthday wish. The rainbow candle is very eye-catching, and it even matches my outfit! Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park is definitely worth a visit, but if you can’t visit it soon you can check out live footage from the overlook on the website.