This is great news!
DuPage River Trail Extensions Now Open to Public
Photo: Holly Skowronski, left, and Lorie Payne, both of Naperville, enjoy bicycling over one of two new boardwalks along the DuPage River Trail in Bolingbrook. The boardwalks and two new paved trail segments that stretch north and south from the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Whalon Lake officially opened to the public on Oct. 20 during a ribbon cutting ceremony.
With snips of their scissors, officials from the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Bolingbrook Park District officially opened two new DuPage River Trail segments during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 20 at Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm in Bolingbrook.
The trail segments – which include two new boardwalks connected to an existing bridge over the DuPage River – link the Forest Preserve District’s loop trail at Whalon Lake with the Trout Farm and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Greene Valley Preserve via Paxson Drive. These two critical links give walkers, runners and bicyclists access to a much larger northern Illinois trail network. The northern trail extension leads to the Forest Preserve District’s Veterans Memorial/Centennial Trail and the state’s Illinois and Michigan Canal Trail. The southern trail extension links to the Park District’s Lily Cache Greenway, the ComEd Greenway and more sections of the DuPage River Trail.
The project was a collaborative effort between the Forest Preserve District and the Park District.
“Bolingbrook Park District and the Forest Preserve District of Will County have a long history of working together to improve the quality of life for the residents of Bolingbrook and Will County,” said Park District Board Vice President Sue Vastalo. “The Hidden Oaks Conservation Area is an excellent example of this partnership. The Forest Preserve District of Will County provided funding to assist with the preservation of open space at James Boan Woods and the construction of Hidden Oaks Nature Center.”
Forest Preserve Board President Suzanne Hart thanked the Park District for its $110,600 contribution to the $456,000 project. And she also noted that the Forest Preserve District Board has worked in recent years to expand the District’s trail system from 7 miles of deer paths in 1985 to 127 miles of quality trails in 2015, all thanks to generous support from the taxpayers of Will County who approved two bond referendums in 1999 and 2005.
For more information on Forest Preserve District trails and preserves, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.