Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Forest Preserve of Will County's Spring Creek Greenway wins National Award

The American Planning Association (APA) has selected the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Spring Creek Greenway Master Plan to receive the 2011 National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation.

"This is a great honor to be selected by the American Planning Association," said Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners President Cory Singer. "The scope of the Spring Creek Greenway restoration project was possible only because of the contributions by our many partners.  Such a large coalition of agencies coming together to preserve and restore hundreds of acres was a rare and wonderful accomplishment."

"The Spring Creek Greenway, created by years of property acquisitions, stands as an oasis of preserved open space in the urbanized New Lenox, Homer Glen and Mokena areas," said Marcella DeMauro, executive director of the Forest Preserve District of Will County. "We were pleased to bring our expertise to restore the different habitat types that this land originally held. The Master Plan brought together recreational opportunities with the primary focus of restoration to provide a beautiful, ecologically diverse landscape that can be enjoyed by Will County residents." 

The Spring Creek Greenway Trail provides 4.85 miles of crushed limestone trail available for walking, horse-riding, and other non-motorized uses.  The Spring Creek Greenway Trail is accessible from Gougar Rd, Bruce Road, and Route 6.