Saturday, December 24, 2011

Forest Preserve District of Will County Receives Grants to Improve DuPage River Trail and Rock Run Preserve

Illinois Republican Leader Tom Cross presented a check of $500,000 to the Forest Preserve District of Will County on December 7 for two District projects in Shorewood and Joliet. The grant was awarded to the Forest Preserve by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

The DCEO grant was awarded to assist in the development of a section of the Hammel Woods North—DuPage River Trail in Shorewood and Joliet and for infrastructure improvements to the Rock Run Preserve in Joliet.

The DuPage River Trail is an initiative supported by numerous municipalities to create a continuous trail and greenway along the DuPage River from Naperville to Channahon. The DCEO grant will support the construction of 1.5 miles of asphalt bicycle trail that will extend from the existing trail system at Hammel Woods Preserve—DuPage River Access, on Black Road in Shorewood, to a section of the trail already in place that leads to Plainfield Township Park District's Sunset Ridge Park. This new section of trail includes an underpass of Black Road. The activities that will be funded by the DCEO grant include the materials and labor associated with the Black Road trail underpass, wetland boardwalk, fishing overlook on the DuPage River and improvements to the Hammel Woods Dog Park.

The Rock Run Preserve infrastructure enhancements include improvements to the preserve and to the Rock Run Trail. This 10.4-mile asphalt trail runs through the communities of Joliet and Crest Hill. Portions of this trail are inundated with water during wet weather events and are in need of repair.

The DCEO grant will be used to repair two sections of the trail within the Rock Run Preserve and for a new latrine at DuPage River Access.

DCEO is the lead state agency for improving Illinois' competitiveness in the global economy. DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and to build strong communities. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.

House Minority Leader Tom Cross (center) presents DECO grant check to Board of Commissioner Lee Ann Goodson, Board President Cory S. Singer, Forest Preserve Executive Director Marcy DeMauro and Commissioner Brian Smith.  Photo courtesy of the Forest Preserve.